Number of excelling schools down in state, report shows

2010-07-28T00:00:00Z 2014-07-02T08:31:37Z Number of excelling schools down in state, report showsAlexis Huicochea Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 28, 2010 12:00 am  • 

The Arizona Department of Education has released grades for schools across the state, and the number of those receiving the highest label of excelling has fallen by 31 percent.

AZ Learns, the state accountability system, evaluates schools performance based on AIMS scores, measure of academic progress, graduation/dropout rates, and English-language- learner success rates.

Because AZ Learns is a compensatory evaluation system, substandard performance on one measure can be offset by superior performance on another.

The 2010 labels show that the number of excelling schools across the state decreased from 394 in 2009 to 271. The number of highly-performing schools also went down to 240 - eight fewer schools than last year.

The number of schools across the state earning the performing and performing-plus labels increased, as did the number of schools receiving the underperforming label which doubled from 50 in 2009 to 100 in 2010.

Those schools that have been labeled underperforming for three straight years are classified as failing. In 2009, there were 19 schools identified as failing compared with 10 in 2010.

Only one Pima County school - charter high school Calli Ollin - fell into the failing category this year.

Also released Tuesday were the federal accountability evaluations of schools known as Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP.

AYP is a one-year snapshot of student performance evaluating AIMS scores, percent of students assessed, and attendance and graduation rates.

The number of schools in Arizona that made AYP was 71 percent - down 3 percent from last year.

Arizona schools superintendent Tom Horne noted that there were two significant changes to AYP for this year: the adoption of a more difficult AIMS math test and the graduation rate goal for high school going from 71 percent to 80 percent.

"We knew we were going to see a slight decrease in performance this year due to the tougher more rigorous AIMS math test and the dramatic increase in graduation rate goals for high schools," Horne said in a news release. "We are committed to accountability and rigor and ensuring that all schools in Arizona are successful."

For a complete list of AZ Learns and AYP designations, go to www.ade.az.gov and click on Hot Topics.

 

How Pima County School Districts fared

Tucson Unified School District

• Excelling: 4

• Highly performing: 8

• Performing plus: 42

• Performing: 54*

• Underperforming: 13*

• Failing: 0

Sunnyside Unified School District

• Excelling: 0

• Highly performing: 2

• Performing plus: 12

• Performing: 7

• Underperforming: 1

• Failing: 0

Amphitheater School District

• Excelling: 5

• Highly performing: 4

• Performing plus: 8

• Performing: 3

• Underperforming: 0

• Failing: 0

Marana Unified School District

• Excelling: 2

• Highly performing: 5

• Performing plus: 8

• Performing: 2*

• Underperforming: 0

• Failing: 0

Vail Unified School District

• Excelling: 14

• Highly performing: 1

• Performing plus: 0

• Performing: 1*

• Underperforming: 0

• Failing: 0

Catalina Foothills School District

• Excelling: 7

• Highly performing: 0

• Performing plus: 0

• Performing: 0

• Underperforming: 0

• Failing: 0

Tanque Verde Unified School District

• Excelling: 3

• Highly performing: 1

• Performing plus: 0

• Performing: 0

• Underperforming: 0

• Failing: 0

* Denotes that at least one school counted is classified as an alternative program.

AZ Learns Labels

• Excelling: Of the 271 schools earning this label statewide, 42 of them are in Pima County.

• Highly performing: Of the 240 schools earning this label statewide, 36 of them are in Pima County.

• Performing plus: Of the 706 schools earning this label statewide, 95 of them are in Pima County.

• Performing: Of the 617 schools earning this label statewide, 116 of them are in Pima County.

• Underperforming: Of the 100 schools earning this label statewide, 30 of them are in Pima County.

• Failing: Of the 10 schools earning this label statewide, one of them is in Pima County.

Contact reporter Alexis Huicochea at ahuicochea@azstarnet.com or 573-4175.

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