Student Growth Impressive at Phoenix #1

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Student Growth Impressive at Phoenix #1

A New York Times article recently published a study conducted by researchers at Stanford University.  The study questions the reliability of performance scores to measure the success of school districts.  It takes a look at growth versus performance and notes this helps to eliminate socioeconomic factors that students in urban districts face compared to their suburban counterparts who tend to perform better on state assessments across the United States.

When comparing Phoenix Elementary School District #1’s (Phoenix #1) growth to nearby urban and suburban districts, Phoenix #1’s student growth is impressive.  “It is true that children in prosperous districts tend to test well, while children in poorer districts on average score lower,” states the article.  The researcher questions if this a good measure for measuring school district performance when the students in urban districts are typically facing poverty and arrive at preschool or kindergarten with significantly smaller vocabularies and are less school-ready?


Phoenix Elementary DistrictARIZ. 6.2 yrs. 99th $22k
Riverside Elementary DistrictARIZ. 6.1 yrs. 99th $43k
Round Valley Unified DistrictARIZ. 5.9 yrs. 96th $67k
Chandler Unified DistrictARIZ. 5.8 yrs. 95th $83k
Whiteriver Unified DistrictARIZ. 5.8 yrs. 94th $34k
St David Unified DistrictARIZ. 5.7 yrs. 92nd $67k
Mohave Valley Elementary DistrictARIZ. 5.6 yrs. 91st $57k
Red Mesa Unified DistrictARIZ. 5.6 yrs. 91st $32k
Peoria Unified School DistrictARIZ. 5.6 yrs. 91st $70k
Nogales Unified DistrictARIZ. 5.6 yrs. 88th $28k
Joseph City Unified DistrictARIZ. 5.5 yrs. 86th $59k
Glendale Elementary DistrictARIZ. 5.4 yrs. 83rd $37k
Sierra Vista Unified DistrictARIZ. 5.3 yrs. 80th $61k
Douglas Unified DistrictARIZ. 5.3 yrs. 79th $29k
Beaver Creek Elementary DistrictARIZ. 5.3 yrs. 78th
Paradise Valley Unified DistrictARIZ. 5.3 yrs. 76th $78k
Clarkdale-Jerome Elementary DistrictARIZ. 5.2 yrs. 72nd $61k
Duncan Unified DistrictARIZ. 4.9 yrs. 53rd $49k
Wickenburg Unified DistrictARIZ. 4.8 yrs. 51st $30k
Payson Unified DistrictARIZ. 4.4 yrs. 27th $43k

National percentiles are based on school districts with reliable data.

“The study included some 300 million elementary-school test scores across more than 11, 000 school districts in the United States.  The researcher Sean Reardon argues that it’s possible to separate some of the advantages of socioeconomics from what’s actually happening in schools.”

At Phoenix #1, we believe that growth represents a school’s impact on student learning, whereas performance reflects differences in inputs such as socioeconomic status.  We believe every child can achieve and are working diligently to impact student growth to level the playing field for our students.  Such gains require high quality educators and resources.  Both are becoming harder and harder to acquire with the teacher shortage and a declining financial commitment to public schools.

At Phoenix #1, we are focused on Inspiring EVERY child to achieve.  We are public education!

The New York Times article is available online at:

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