Dysart Unified School District, Arizona

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Deer Valley Unified School District
Surprise, Arizona
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District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Gail Pletnick
Enrollment:24,756
Graduation rate:81.4%[1]
Number of schools:23
Budget: $147.1 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Traci Sawyer-Sinkbeil
Board members:5 at-large
Term length:4 years
Dysart Unified School District is a school district in Arizona. In the 2011-2012 school year, Dysart Unified School District was the 10th largest school district in Arizona and served 24,756 students.[2]

About the district

Dysart Unified School District is located in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Dysart Unified School District is located in the city of Surprise, which lies in southwestern Arizona in Maricopa County. Phoenix is the county seat and state capital. In 2013, Maricopa County was home to 4,009,412 residents according to United States Census Bureau estimates.[3]

Demographics

Maricopa County overperformed compared to the rest of Arizona in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 29.5 percent of Maricopa County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.6 percent for Arizona as a whole. The median household income for the county was $54,385 compared to $50,256 statewide. The poverty rate in Maricopa County was 15.8 percent compared to 17.2 percent statewide.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Maricopa County (%) Arizona (%)
White 84.7 84.0
Black or African American 5.7 4.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.7 5.3
Asian 4.0 3.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.3
Two or More Races 2.7 2.6
Hispanic or Latino 30.0 30.3

Presidential Voting Pattern, Maricopa County[4][5]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 602,288 749,885
2008 602,166 746,448
2004 504,849 679,455
2000 386,683 479,967

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[6]

Budget

Dysart Unified School District's budget is published on its website.[7]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $113,930,014 78.6% $12,107,766 8.4% $18,780,054 13% $0 0% $174,500 0.1% $144,992,334
2014-2015 $114,621,168 77.9% $13,556,788 9.2% $18,719,429 12.7% $0 0% $235,950 0.2% $147,133,335
Averages: $114,275,591 78% $12,832,277 9% $18,749,741.5 13% $0 0% $205,225 0% $146,062,834.5

Academic performance

The Arizona Department of Education publishes annual assessments of school district performance as part of the A-F Letter Grade System. This annual report assigns a report card grade from A to F based on the accumulation of growth and composite points described below:[8]

  • Growth points: This points category divides evenly between state test scores for all students and state test scores for students in the bottom 25 percent of performers. A total of 100 points are possible.
  • Composite points: This points category scores district performance on criteria including number of English Language Learners (ELL) in the district, dropout rates and graduation rates. A total of 109 points are possible.

The district received a B in the A-F Letter Grade System in the 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years. The table below compares the district's results in those school years:[9]

A-F Letter Grade Results
Category 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013
Growth 53 50 51
Composite 82 82 80
Total 135 132 131
Grade B B B

The state also conducts Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) for students in grades three through eight as well as high school students. Students complete AIMS testing in math and reading each year with writing exams issued for grades five through seven and high school. Annual AIMS results are compared to state standards with percentages for students performing far below, approaching, meeting and exceeding expectations. The following table details AIMS results for the school district in math and reading for grades three through eight during the 2013-2014 school year:[10]

AIMS Results, 2013-2014
Grade/
Cohort year
Math Reading
Far below expectations (%) Approaching expectations (%) Meets expectations (%) Exceeds expectations (%) Far below expectations (%) Approaching expectations (%) Meets expectations (%) Exceeds expectations (%)
3 9 18 42 31 3 15 70 11
4 12 20 38 31 1 18 70 10
5 15 20 44 21 3 15 71 11
6 13 21 41 26 2 15 73 9
7 12 15 44 29 1 10 78 12
8 20 11 38 30 6 17 73 4
2011 * * * * N/A N/A N/A N/A
2012 * * * * * * * *
2013 * * * * * * * *
2014 39 35 26 1 10 24 63 2
2015 45 26 * * 3 38 50 9
2016 21 14 48 16 1 14 75 10
2017 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
*These numbers are under 11 and are not reported per the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).

Contact information

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Dysart Unified School District
15802 N. Parkview Pl.
Surprise, AZ 85374
Phone: 623-876-7000
Email: publicrelations@dysart.org

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