Measuring Our Progress

Author: Helios Education Foundation

February 22, 2019

Did you know that only 37 percent of third grade students in Phoenix charter and traditional schools combined are proficient in reading while 62 percent of Gilbert’s third graders are proficient?  Thanks to work recently done by the Decision Center for Educational Excellence  Powered by Helios Education Foundation, in partnership with Expect More Arizona and the Center for the Future of Arizona, you can now access up city, district, and school level data for several of the Arizona Education Progress Meter indicators right from your own computer.  In addition, you can see how subgroups of students in the selected area did on the Education Progress Meter goals. These advanced features are in addition to the county and state level data that has been available since the Education Progress Meter launched in 2017.

Researchers from the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University worked closely with the teams at the Decision Center for Educational Excellence, Expect More Arizona and the Center for the Future of Arizona to determine the best data source for each indicator, and are responsible for collecting and analyzing the data annually. This localized data complements the existing statewide data to provide a more comprehensive look at educational achievement in Arizona.

“We are hopeful that making these data readily available will help generate productive discussions on key local education issues and possible solutions,” said Joe O’Reilly, Director, Decision Center for Educational Excellence.  “All in all, we analyzed 1,958 schools, 644 school districts and charter holders, and 216 cities.”

The Decision Center for Educational Excellence is working to bring together data and convene key stakeholders to examine Arizona’s education system and model the impact of potential new policies and innovative solutions on education outcomes.  

To do this, the Decision Center for Educational Excellence collects local and national data on student performance, schools, and the current education system.  It also leverages Arizona State University’s content knowledge, analytics, and computational modeling and visualization expertise.  And finally, it drives stakeholder involvement among educators, parents, students, policymakers, civic groups, and business leaders.  A model for improving student performance, using the inputs and outputs of the education system and the communities that impact it, is being built that will allow stakeholders to pinpoint bright spots in the state’s education system and identify interventions that could serve to improve student performance.  

“This collaborative work with Expect More Arizona and the Center for the Future of Arizona will help provide the foundation of the Decision Center for Educational Excellence’s work,” said Vince Yanez, Senior Vice President, Arizona Community Engagement, Helios Education Foundation.  “Ultimately, these data will be used to build our scalable model and help develop the tools needed to make informed, data-driven decisions that support a high-quality education for all Arizona students.” 

Click here to access local data from the Arizona Education Progress Meter.  

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