Local Conditions
Arizona has the nations highest school dropout rates
Fewer than 25% of Arizona students scored proficient or higher on the 2003 National Assessment of Educational Progress of mathematics and science

58% of Arizona teachers do not hold a degree in the subject that they teach
Arizona teachers receive professional development that has been categorized as scattershot, seldom, and shallow
Spent an average two days per year in professional development activities

Statistics from NCES, 2003, Killion, 2002, Sowell, 1995 .