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ABEC Recognizes the 2012 Arizona Higher Performing Schools
October 23, 2012

The National Center for Educational Achievement, a partner of ABEC,  released its annual list of Arizona public schools that are more successful at preparing students for college and careers than their peers that serve similar student populations.

(Phoenix, AZ – October 23, 2012) - The Arizona Business & Education Coalition (ABEC) in partnership with the National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA), a department of ACT, Inc., will recognize those elementary, middle, and high schools in Arizona that have consistently outperformed their peers with similar student populations over a three-year period (2009-10, 2010-11, and 2011-12 school years) in two categories:
  • Higher Performing Schools in one content area or more and
  • All-Subject Higher Performers, outperforming their peers in all grades and all subjects tested by the AIMS test.

The 2012 NCEA Higher Performing Schools List for the state of Arizona can be found on its website www.nc4ea.org this week. While all Higher Performing schools will be celebrated, the All Subject Higher Performers will receive special recognition at an event hosted by the Arizona Business & Education Coalition, on Friday, December 7, 2012, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the Desert Willow Conference Center, 4340 E. Cotton Center Blvd, Phoenix.

Recognition as an NCEA Higher Performing School indicates a school’s deep commitment to raising student achievement and putting more students on the path to college and career readiness—regardless of socio-economic barriers or any other obstacles that might otherwise impede success. These schools stand out as shining examples of what can be achieved when staff, students and parents work together toward a unified goal of better preparing students for life after high school. “These efforts are doubly important as we begin to implement the Arizona Common Core Standards.” said  Susan Carlson, ABEC executive director. “Every student, in every community will be expected to perform at higher levels in the next two years. These Higher Performers are directing resources and strategies to the right places.”

On the list are several schools whose populations include a significant number (more than 60%) of economically disadvantaged students. Among those that stand out are Griffith Elementary School (Balsz Elementary School District) which was higher performing in all grades and in all subjects, and Tarver Elementary School  (Cartwright Elementary School District) which was higher performing in math and reading. “We know college and career readiness does not start in high school.” commented Susan Carlson. “This recognition pushes that conversation about readiness down into the elementary school level.”

NCEA identified the Higher Performing Schools based on one or both of two measures: 1) consistent improvement in student achievement from previous years (growth), and/or 2) absolute student achievement using the schools’ Advanced Performance results on the 2010-2012 Augmented Benchmark Exams. (Proficient Performance results were used for the 2010-2012 Grade 11 Literacy Exam.)
 
NCEA began identifying Higher Performing Schools in 1998 and continues to annually release these lists as well as College and Career Readiness Charts for every public school in Arizona.  

View the complete 2012 Higher Performing Schools List for Arizona.

About NCEA
The National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA) is a department of ACT, Inc., a not-for-profit organization committed to helping people achieve education and workplace success.  NCEA builds the capacity of educators and leaders to create educational systems of excellence for all students by providing research-based solutions and expertise in higher performing schools, school improvement and best-practice research that lead to increased levels of college and career readiness.

About ABEC
The Arizona Business & Education Coalition (ABEC) is a 501(c)3 organization providing a balanced forum for business and education leaders to collaborate and improve K-12 education policy, with linkages to pre-kindergarten and postsecondary education. Guiding principles include: increasing public awareness about the relationship between Arizona’s future workforce and the quality of the K-12 system; actively and effectively influencing education policy; and sharing responsibility for the growth of student achievement in Arizona. For more information, visit www.azbec.org.


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Contact:
Susan Carlson , Executive Director
(602) 264-8426 ; susan@azbec.org