Arizona Republic
October 14, 2006

Author:  Pat Kossan, The Arizona Republic Estimated printed pages: 3


A record 64 Arizona schools, including 25 in the Valley, will be required to change the way they conduct business after failing to meet federal standards for four or more consecutive years.

In August, the state reported that 618 schools failed new and tougher 2006 federal academic standards, a record number for the state. State officials will intervene in the daily operations of schools that failed to make "adequate yearly progress" four or more years.

The state released the final list Friday after reviewing student testing data and considering written appeals.

Most of the failing schools are in low-income areas, reflecting the fact that federal standards target schools with high numbers of families living in poverty.

For a school to pass the standards, students must improve AIMS reading and math scores, and schools must test 95 percent of their students. High schools must improve graduation rates or meet a 71 percent threshold.
Students in specific groups, such as children living in poverty or learning to speak English, also must meet the criteria.

This year, federal officials toughened the standards, requiring schools to include more test scores from English-language learners. Officials also enforced new guidelines about how much help teachers can give special-education students when taking the test.

After a school fails for four years, the state assigns a coach who monitors progress while helping the school make changes. Those might include improving teacher training or coordinating reading or math programs. The schools are eligible for federal grants of up to $60,000 to help create a plan.

If a school continues to lag for a fifth and sixth year, the demands for change get tougher, such as firing the principal, replacing teachers or adding mentors.

Once a school is on the list, it takes two consecutive years of passing to get off it.

Failing Valley schools

Here are Valley schools that failed "adequately yearly progress" evaluations
four or more years.


Salt River Pima-Maricopa Community Schools: Salt River High School.

Roosevelt Elementary District: C.O. Greenfield School, Valley View School.

Gila Bend Unified District: Gila Bend Elementary.

Paradise Valley Unified District: Palomino Primary School.

Creighton Elementary District: Creighton Elementary School, Gateway School.

Fowler Elementary District: Fowler Elementary School.

Alhambra Elementary District: Andalucia Middle School.

Cartwright Elementary District: Estrella Middle School, Desert Sands Middle

Maricopa County Regional District: Lone Cactus Regional High School.

Isaac Elementary District: J.B. Sutton Elementary School, P.T. Coe
Elementary School.

Washington Elementary District: Mountain View Elementary School, Sunnyslope
Elementary School.

Avondale Elementary District: Lattie Coor School.

Phoenix Union High School District: North High School.

Phoenix Elementary District: M.M. Bethune School.

Chandler Unified District: Galveston Elementary.


Cartwright Elementary District: Frank Borman Middle School.

Omega Academy Inc.: Omega Academy Charter School.

Dysart Unified District: El Mirage School.

Isaac Elementary District: Pueblo del Sol Middle School.

Glendale Elementary District: Glendale Landmark Middle School.

Coolidge Unified District: McCray Junior High.


Phoenix Advantage: Phoenix Advantage Charter School.

Roosevelt Elementary District: Ignacio Conchos.

Isaac Elementary District: Isaac Middle School.

Glendale Elementary District: Challenger Middle School.

Reach the reporter at pat.kossan@arizonarepublic.com.
Edition: Final Chaser
Section: VALLEY & State