Arizona schools get report cards, more schools excelling

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PHOENIX -- Arizona's schools are improving.

The AZ Learns profiles of 1,896 schools were released Wednesday.

Schools' report cards

Tom Horne -- More Arizona schools excelling - 'We have a record number of schools excelling this year, going from 17 percent in 2008 to 21 percent excelling in 2009," says state schools chief Tom Horns

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The profiles are a report card for schools.

The schools are "graded" in a variety of areas, including AIMS scores, graduation rates and the reclassification of ELL students.

According to state Superintendent of Schools Tom Horne, 394 schools are classified as excelling.

"We have a record number of schools excelling this year, going from 17 percent in 2008 to 21 percent excelling in 2009," Horne said. "We also are seeing an increase in the number of schools in the performing plus designation, moving from 21 percent in 2008 to 32 percent in 2009."

While most of Arizona's schools are listed as performing, performing plus or highly performing, 19 schools are failing.

According to federal standards, 74 percent of Arizona's schools made adequate yearly progress. That's up from 73 percent last year.

The following is a news release from the Arizona Department of Education.

PHOENIX -- Arizona Schools Chief Tom Horne announces the release of the AZ Learns profiles for 1,896 schools. The components for evaluating schools in determining their annual AZ Learns profiles are the following: AIMS/Dual Purpose Assessment (DPA); Measure of Academic Progress; Graduation/Dropout rates (HS); and the reclassification of ELL students.

Horne stated: "We have a record number of schools excelling this year, going from 17% in 2008 to 21% excelling in 2009. We also are seeing an increase in the number of schools in the performing plus designation, moving from 21% in 2008 to 32% in 2009. The AZ learns accountability system is the best way to measure a schools performance from year to year, and gives parents a snapshot as to how their school compares with other schools around the state."

The number of schools in each category for 2009 are the following: failing to meet academic standards 19; underperforming 50; performing 577; performing plus 608; highly performing 248; and excelling 394.

The federal accountability system, No Child Left Behind, measures Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) from year to year and has 253 specific points of measurement. The components for evaluating schools in determining their AYP status is: the percent of students passing; the percent of students tested; and graduation rate. If a school fails just one of the 253 categories, the school fails to make AYP.

In 2008, 73% of schools made AYP, and in 2009, 74% made AYP.

For more information about your schools profile, go to and click on the 2009 AZ Learns profiles in the Hot Topics section of the home page.