Arizona's K-12 Funding Formula

School Finance Infographic

In 2014, The Center for Student Achievement analyzed Arizona’s complex and outdated funding system and created a graphic to show how K-12 education is funded. Arizona provides funding to local school districts and independent charter holders, that, in turn, distribute resources to their school sites. This graphic shows the various sources of revenue that fund our public schools.

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A Look Back At

20 Years of Charters

In 2014, the Arizona Charter Schools Association took a look at how the charter school movement has shaped the educations landscape in Arizona. On June 17, 1994, Gov. Fife Symington signed into law House Bill 2002 – bringing charter-school education to Arizona and ushering-in a new era of school choice for parents and accountability for schools.

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Oh, the Places They’ll Go!

School Ratings: Improving the Data in Data Driven Decision Making

This study by the Center for Student Achievement shows the A-F letter grades fail to adequately control for the effect of poverty on measures of a school’s contribution to student learning. This finding has a significant impact on teachers and schools as policy makers put more emphasis on the labels for performance funding, teacher evaluations and other accountability measures. The relationship between poverty and indicators of achievement has long been a limitation of measurement in education. But, the inclusion of growth in an accountability formula is meant to erase, or mitigate, this limitation. In Arizona, we have student growth percentiles that allow student-level data to be linked across multiple years in order to measure the effect that a school or teacher has had on an individual student.

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Oh, the Places They’ll Go!

Arizona Public School Choice and Its Impact on Students

The Center for Student Achievement’s inaugural report found that charter schools are meeting a need for educational settings not widely available in district schools, and that the data contradict the common misconception that charter schools attract, or “skim” only higher performing students away from district schools. The report also found that nearly one-third of all students enrolled in a charter attend an A-rated school, but that too many charter students attend mid- or low- quality schools. The Center believes further research is needed to completely understand the impact of public school choices on students, and will publish a series of research papers that will further study the impact of school choice and quality public schools in Arizona.

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The Arizona Charter Schools Association's

2012 State of Education Charter Brief

This paper is a high-level overview of student and school performance in the 2011-12 school year. The Association investigated whether Arizona charter schools are fulfilling their statutory mandate to improve student achievement and looked into how has the Association’s technical assistance helped charter schools improve.

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The VIVA Project

A Charter Teacher Voice on Standards

In a first of its kind online collaboration in Arizona, nearly 200 charter teachers across the state spent four weeks exchanging ideas about what teachers and schools need to ensure a successful transition to the Common Core State Standards. Since the exchange, Arizona has implemented five of the seven charter teacher recommendations.

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The Arizona Charter Schools Association's

Success Measured: Four Foundational Elements of Student-Level Growth

Success Measured, the Association’s first report, offers some valuable answers for educators to help achieve the goal of quality education for all students. The study utilized a rigorous research process to identify four foundational elements of student-level growth that schools — charter or district — must have in place to help students perform better academically. They include a leader with a purpose; teachers who take responsibility for the end result; a culture that promotes teamwork; and using data to solve problems.

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