Extra Efforts Lead to Increased Gains in AIMS Scoresby Hot Off The Press (Release) on Jan. 02, 2013, under Press Releases
Phoenix, AZ, December 28, 2012- As a result of several new initiatives, laser-focused attention, and one-on-one support, nearly half of Primavera Online High School students
who took the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) assessment this fall improved at least one performance level.
Many students find AIMS to be a hurdle for them to overcome, and they often need extra support from their school. According to the Arizona Department of Education (ADE),
in order for students to graduate from a publicly funded Arizona high school, they must complete credit requirements and “meet” or “exceed” on AIMS reading, writing and math
assessments offered in the spring and fall of each school year. Primavera implemented the following initiatives, which led to the performance gains:
- Course of study focused on remediation for math
- Increased resources devoted to students behind in achievement
- Implementation of math coaching model
- Live and virtual tutoring
- Lowered teacher/student ratios
- Increased student guidance support
Primavera currently educates 3,093 fulltime students who are juniors and above, 75% of which are credit deficient and still need to “meet” or “exceed” in at least one area of AIMS.
Of these students who tested this fall, 44.6% improved at least one performance level. Year-over-year comparisons for the state, which includes all schools, charters and Primavera,
show that Primavera had a greater relative gain.
Debra Bender, Primavera’s Principal stated, “The commitment and effort that each of our students made is highly commendable. I’m very proud of the staff collaboration and teamwork
which focused on helping our students understand the importance of AIMS. The entire school worked diligently to close the math and language gaps for each student in order
to maximize their individual improvement.”
Primavera Online High School is the largest high school in the state of Arizona, serving thousands of 9-12 grade students, since opening its doors in 2001. Primavera Online Middle School
serves 6-8 grade students across the state of Arizona. As a tuition-free public charter school, Primavera’s NCA-accredited program provides a rigorous and personalized curriculum in a highly
interactive learning community. Students complete all coursework online, while receiving one-on-one attention from highly qualified, Arizona certified teachers, guidance counselors,
student advisers, and support staff. Classes are complemented with a variety of extracurricular activities, special events, and parent engagement opportunities to prepare students for their future.