STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Last week the Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center Early College High School at South Mountain, located in LD27, was named a "Top School" by the Education Equality Index in closing the academic achievement gap.
According to the Education Equality Index:
The Education Equality Index score is calculated by identifying the percentage of students from low-income families that reach proficiency averaged across every subject/grade, and comparing it to the percentage of all students across a given state that reach proficiency averaged across every subject/grade.
Schools classified as “Top Schools” are those with small or nonexistent achievement gaps that serve a student population where at least 51 percent of students are from low-income families as measured by the free or reduced price lunch (FRL) program. 51 percent FRL is the national average school concentration of students from low-income families.
"I am extremely proud that LD27's own Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center Early College High School at South Mountain has been labeled a "Top School" in closing the achievement gap by the Education Equality Index," said Senator Miranda. "For nearly two decades the teachers and staff at AAEC have taught their diverse students to not only achieve academically, but also the importance of giving back to their community.
"But one achieving school does not solve the systemic challenges facing our public and charter schools in Arizona. The Education Equality Index gives Phoenix a score of 41.7 out of 100, and 43 for the state as a whole. It classifies a score below 49.9 as a 'Large Achievement Gap' - their next-to-lowest score. This is unacceptable and avoidable. We must address the teacher retention crisis in our state and we must sufficiently fund our schools in a sustainable and equitable way.
"I look forward to the day when we can say that every school in Arizona provides equal opportunity to all of our students, no matter where they live or how much money their family earns."