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Saddle Mountain among top districts in the nation for academic gains


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  • Paul Tighe and Kevin Kilborn/ Saddle Mountain Unified School District

Chart Of How Saddle Mountain Unified School District Compares With Other Nearby School Districts In The State For Student's Academic Growth. Chart Courtesy The New York Times

Recent research done by Stanford University looking at student growth by cohort through elementary school grade levels from 2009 to 2015 shows that using this metric, Saddle Mountain Unified School District students demonstrated among the highest levels of educational gains in the country.

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Chart courtesy The New York Times

Saddle Mountain Unified School District is located in Tonopah and Buckeye, rural areas in far west Maricopa County.

The research was highlighted in December in an article in The New York Times, “How Effective Is Your School District? A New Measure Shows Where Students Learn the Most.”

When looking at the chart below Saddle Mountain Unified School District is the very dark green area in the map of Arizona. That means that our students made greater gains than most, if not all, districts in Arizona.

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Chart courtesy of Stanford University’s Center for Education Policy Analysis

Saddle Mountain Unified students’ academic achievement increased by 1.3+ grade levels above expectations. Additionally you can see that Saddle Mountain Unified students academic growth is among the highest in the country.

“This is really quite an accomplishment and really validates the hard work and processes/initiatives that we went through over these years,” said Kevin Kilborn, assessment and data coordinator for Saddle Mountain Unified School District. “What an awesome experience and even better payoff.”