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.
In 2014, 35% of the schools in Beat the Odds achieved an A or B label from the state of Arizona.In 2013, BTO schools increased their composite score on the AIMS test an average of 18 points; 35% of schools enrolled in BTO in 2013 improved by one letter grade and 11% of BTO schools improved by two letter grades.