Center for the Future of Arizona (CFA) Reports
Beat the Odds: Why Some Schools with Latino Children Beat the Odds ... and Others Don’t
Summary: The ground-breaking study by the Center for the Future of Arizona and the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University identified six practices common to elementary and middle schools with higher test scores than predicted.
Research Into Action: Five Year Report
Summary: Beat the Odds began as a research study to answer the question, “What does it take to get great results in schools with mostly low income, mostly Latino students?” Five years later, the question has been answered, and schools across the state are implementing Beat the Odds keys to success.
WestEd Evaluation of Beat the Odds Institute School Partners Program
Summary: In September 2009, WestEd Policy Center conducted an evaluation of the effect of Beat the Odds on school performance, as measured by Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS). Findings were based on the first two years of available data. Results revealed that BTO schools had higher performance on state tests in reading and math than schools with similar demographics that were not enrolled in the program.
State Achievement Results - 2011
- On state rankings released in the fall of 2011, 83% of BTO schools earned labels better than performing compared to 79% for similar schools not in the program and 69% for all Arizona schools.
- The percentage of BTO schools meeting and exceeding standards on the Arizona state reading tests (AIMS) in 2011 exceeded similar schools not in the program and all Arizona schools.
- The percentage of BTO schools meeting and exceeding standards on the Arizona state math tests (AIMS) in 2011 exceeded similar schools not in the program.