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Elementary core academic classes

Table 2.  Elementary high and low poverty school core academic classes taught by non-HQ by subject – Phase I data

All Schools

High Poverty

Low Poverty

Non HQ

Total

%

Non HQ

Total

%

Non HQ

Total

%

Arts

17

232

7.3%

11

170

6.5%

3

13

23.1%

Elementary

172

2104

8.2%

136

1598

8.5%

16

138

11.6%

ESL/BLE

7

27

25.9%

5

23

21.7%

 0

Mathematics

26

215

12.1%

13

137

9.5%

1

4

25.0%

Science

16

158

10.1%

9

97

9.3%

1

4

25.0%

Social Studies

10

168

6.0%

3

105

2.9%

2

5

40.0%

Special Education

80

416

19.2%

62

307

20.2%

 0

14

0.0%

Language Arts/Reading

35

315

11.1%

16

195

8.2%

2

12

16.7%

Totals

363

3635

10%

255

2632

9.7%

25

190

13.2%

In Arizona's elementary classrooms, Phase I data indicates that overall, 10% of classes are taught by teachers who do not meet the requirements of HQT.  In the 25% of elementary schools with the highest levels of poverty, 9.7% of classes are taught by teachers who were not HQ.   In the 25% of elementary schools with the lowest poverty, this percentage is 13.2%.   These results indicate that there is a disparity in the percentages of classes taught by HQ teachers in the high and low poverty schools that disparity appears to disadvantage low poverty schools.  

While the Phase I data appears to demonstrate that equity issues related to HQ status between high and low poverty in Arizona elementary schools does not result in children in high poverty schools being taught at a higher level by non-HQ teachers than other children, Phase II and III data will provide a fuller and more detailed picture.  ADE is committed to working to assure all children are taught by highly qualified teachers and will continue its efforts to address the issue of retention and recruitment though a variety of programs and strategies which are more fully described in the Equity Plan attached.

The data indicates that the classes of greatest concern, based on percentages of teachers who are NHQ are:

1.

ESL/Bilingual

2.

Special Education (all areas combined)

3.

Mathematics

4.

Language Arts/reading

5.

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