Arizona has been lauded as a national leader in the charter school movement, as the number and quality of our schools have increased throughout the years.
We have a lot to celebrate this week. In 2014, 18 of the top 30 schools in Arizona were public charter schools, while 73 percent of charters with two years of letter grades either improved their letter grade or earned an A (A-Alt) or B (B-Alt).
Arizona also is one of the states with the highest percentage of public charter schools and students. There are 618 charter schools, which comprise more than 30 percent of the state’s schools and 17 percent of student enrollment.
Although the numbers are encouraging, Arizona’s charter school success can be measured by more than just statistics and percentages.
There are numerous teachers, students, administrators and school leaders who demonstrate what’s working in our schools and drive the success of the charter school movement.
That’s why we celebrate National Charter Schools Week.
This week we plan to give you an opportunity to peek inside of the schools and learn about the people responsible for the achievement and improvement on those campuses.
Make sure to visit our blog every day this week to hear stories about innovative teachers whose lessons extend beyond the classroom, excelling students who are reaching unimaginable heights, charter schools enhancing the academic lives of disadvantaged students and school leaders partnering to improve the surrounding community.
There are numerous examples of these accomplishments and the Arizona Charter Schools Association looks forward to sharing those stories with you this week.