Tougher standards adopted in math and writing over the last two school years have resulted in a drop in the number of schools meeting "adequate yearly progress," data released by the Arizona Department of Education show.
Across the state, only 57 percent of schools met the standard - down from 71 percent in 2010. The percentage of schools from Tucson-area districts that met AYP is nearly the same at 56, down from 64 percent last year.
Adequate yearly progress is a federal accountability evaluation that provides a one-year snapshot of student performance based on AIMS scores, the percentage of students assessed, attendance and graduation rates. The goal is to ensure all students are proficient in reading and math by 2014.
Because the deadline is looming, the state has adopted higher standards of what students should know in the areas of math and writing. Consequently, fewer schools have been able to meet those expectations.
That appears to be the case locally, according to data for the nine Tucson-area school districts - four districts showed a decrease in the number of schools attaining adequate yearly progress; the same number saw no change; and only Flowing Wells had one more school than last year reaching adequate yearly progress.
Tanque Verde, Vail and Catalina Foothills are Pima County's highest-rated districts.
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