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Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 1:22 pm | Updated: 1:45 pm, Tue Oct 11, 2011.

The AZ LEARNS profiles for schools are based on the following measures:

- The percentage of students meeting state standards (passing AIMS).

- Improvement at the school level in increasing the percentage of students meeting state standards.

- Year-to-year improvement by students at the school.

- Graduation rate.

- Dropout rate.

- The school’s adequate yearly progress designation.

- The success of the school in reclassifying English language learners as fully proficient.

AZ LEARNS is a compensatory evaluation system, so substandard performance on one measure can be offset by superior performance on another. Consequently, the descriptions below are in general terms.

Failing: A school is labeled as failing when it has been listed as underperforming for three consecutive years.

Underperforming: The percentage of students meeting state standards is generally below average and school is showing no growth.

Performing: The percentage of students meeting state standards is generally above average, or the school is showing significant improvement.

Performing Plus: The percentage of students meeting state standards and/or school improvement is in the top 25 percent.

Highly Performing: The percentage of students meeting state standards and/or school improvement is in the top 25 percent.  In addition, the school is in the top third of schools measured by the percentage of students exceeding state standards.

Excelling: The percentage of students meeting state standards and/or school improvement is in the top 10 percent.  In addition, the school is in the top 16 percent of schools measured by the percentage of students exceeding state standards.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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