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Teach for America

INTRODUCTION

Arizona’s commitment to highly qualified teachers in every Arizona classroom

The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is pleased to present this plan addressing the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and our commitment to assuring that our state’s teachers are highly qualified.

Arizona’s dual accountability system

Accountability for student achievement in Arizona is structured around two complementary pieces of legislation, the federal No Child Left Behind Act and the state’s voter initiative, Proposition 301, which resulted in Arizona LEARNS.  Arizona LEARNS is the Arizona Department of Education's school accountability system. The ADE has aligned AZ LEARNS to meet the accountability requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.  Both accountability measures are focused on improving the conditions and structures in schools to ensure that leaders can lead more effectively, teachers teach more effectively, and all students are ultimately more successful academically.

The Arizona Department of Education has implemented the following measures to ensure that the federal and state accountability initiatives complement one another.  

Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) is a component in the formula for calculating state achievement profiles;

A single, online school improvement planning tool is used by all schools required to develop a plan, including schools that failed to make AYP, schools with Underperforming achievement profiles, schools that operate school-wide Title I programs, and schools that are seeking accreditation through the North Central Association, Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement;

Arizona’s Standards & Rubrics for School Improvement is the shared instrument used for conducting evidence-based needs assessments;

Arizona’s Resource Guide for the Standards & Rubrics for School Improvement helps connect all schools to appropriate, research-based information related to their identified needs;

“Solutions Teams,” a process for peer validation and feedback visits prescribed by Arizona LEARNS, will be available to schools in Title I School Improvement Years 1 and 2;

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