Desert Willow Elementary School

Summary:

Desert Willow Elementary School is a public school serving grades PK-8 in the Casa Grande Elementary District in Arizona, with a student population of 471 as of the 2022-2023 school year. The school has a diverse student body, with a higher percentage of Hispanic and Native American students compared to nearby schools.

However, Desert Willow Elementary School has consistently underperformed academically, with proficiency rates in English Language Arts and Mathematics significantly lower than the state and district averages across all grade levels. The school has a low statewide ranking, placing in the bottom half of Arizona elementary schools, and its performance varies significantly across different student subgroups. While the school's multi-racial and English Language Learner students have performed relatively well, the school's performance for other subgroups, such as male students, special education students, and low socioeconomic status students, has been much lower.

The data analysis of Desert Willow Elementary School reveals several areas of concern, including declining academic performance, socioeconomic challenges, and disparities in subgroup performance. To address these issues, the school and the Casa Grande Elementary District may need to implement targeted interventions, allocate resources to support underperforming students, and learn from the practices of higher-performing schools in the area, such as Evergreen Elementary School and Mesquite Elementary School.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-8

 2172 N Arizola Rd
       Casa Grande, AZ  85122-6372


(520) 876-5397

District: Casa Grande Elementary District

SchoolDigger Rank:
802nd of 1,245 Arizona Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $7,769 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  20.4 Help
Number of students:  471

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
54.6%
White:
33.1%
Two or more races:
5.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  53.9% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Desert Willow Elementary School ranks worse than 64.4% of elementary schools in Arizona. It also ranks 2nd among 9 ranked elementary schools in the Casa Grande Elementary District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 31.12. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (54.6%), White (33.1%), two or more races (5.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 53.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Desert Willow Elementary School is 20.4, which is the 5th best among 9 elementary schools in the Casa Grande Elementary District. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Desert Willow Elementary School is $7,769. 7 elementary schools in the Casa Grande Elementary District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Desert Willow Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Desert Willow Elementary School 802nd of 1245 Arizona public elementary schools. (See Desert Willow Elementary School in the ranking list.)

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Casa Grande Elementary District:

SchoolDigger ranks Casa Grande Elementary District 454th of 540 Arizona school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Desert Willow Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at Desert Willow Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 65.45 391st 1062 63.2%
2010 65.86 374th 1090 65.7%
2011 64.41 383rd 1075 64.4%
2012 61.49 438th 1141 61.6%
2013 54.86 519th 1158 55.2%
2014 51.27 533rd 1079 50.6%
2015 25.39 685th 955 28.3%
2016 49.66 488th 1079 54.8%
2017 43.70 569th 1106 48.6%
2018 55.41 448th 1109 59.6%
2019 49.61 478th 1039 54.0%
2021 55.96 489th 1226 60.1%
2022 30.99 625th 1000 37.5%
2023 31.12 802nd 1245 35.6%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Desert Willow Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 65.97 249th 1027 75.8%
2022 73.57 73rd 444 83.6%
2023 8.97 611th 617 1.0%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Desert Willow Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 48.96 228th 975 76.6%
2023 57.02 145th 451 67.8%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Desert Willow Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 63.54 233rd 1201 80.6%
2023 21.13 730th 820 11.0%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Desert Willow Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 57.39 303rd 820 63.0%
2023 21.31 951st 1116 14.8%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Desert Willow Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 31.97 303rd 423 28.4%
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Rank History for Female students at Desert Willow Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 58.30 401st 1023 60.8%
2019 39.13 492nd 862 42.9%
2021 53.97 495th 1219 59.4%
2022 20.15 692nd 824 16.0%
2023 33.71 749th 1219 38.6%
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Rank History for Foster Care students at Desert Willow Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 29.35 276th 306 9.8%
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Rank History for Male students at Desert Willow Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 54.26 428th 1032 58.5%
2019 42.86 451st 850 46.9%
2021 57.50 456th 1220 62.6%
2022 26.20 625th 830 24.7%
2023 26.52 879th 1216 27.7%
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Rank History for Asian students at Desert Willow Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 71.50 133rd 620 78.5%
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Rank History for African American students at Desert Willow Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 40.65 486th 895 45.7%
2023 42.80 348th 607 42.7%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Desert Willow Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 46.63 434th 911 52.4%
2019 36.54 428th 709 39.6%
2021 51.85 486th 1198 59.4%
2022 15.64 647th 716 9.6%
2023 30.78 811th 1170 30.7%
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Rank History for Native American students at Desert Willow Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 40.16 344th 654 47.4%
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Rank History for White students at Desert Willow Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 59.95 302nd 720 58.1%
2019 47.09 336th 595 43.5%
2021 58.23 440th 1161 62.1%
2022 45.07 434th 800 45.8%
2023 22.11 859th 1024 16.1%
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Data source: test scores: Arizona Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Data source: Arizona Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Desert Willow Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2007 220 26 10 180 11 n/a n/a 0 447
2008 366 41 20 286 20 n/a n/a 0 733
2009 392 47 27 313 17 n/a n/a 0 796
2010 352 31 17 255 11 n/a n/a 0 666
2011 254 24 12 281 17 1 25 0 614
2012 240 21 11 267 21 3 26 0 589
2013 216 17 7 285 21 1 35 0 582
2014 222 7 5 301 16 0 26 0 577
2015 226 7 5 305 12 1 33 0 589
2016 231 7 5 263 12 1 30 0 549
2017 208 4 3 262 10 1 27 0 515
2018 192 12 6 282 13 0 29 0 534
2019 190 11 6 246 14 0 32 0 499
2020 191 11 5 234 19 2 40 0 502
2021 134 9 7 237 17 1 33 0 438
2022 166 10 5 239 10 1 23 0 454
2023 156 18 4 257 10 1 25 0 471

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Desert Willow Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2007 447 26.3 17.0 31.5
2008 733 33.5 21.9 36.6
2009 796 38.9 20.5 39.2
2010 666 36.5 18.2 46.8
2011 614 32.0 19.1 47.1
2012 589 30.0 19.6 35.8
2013 582 28.5 20.4 22
2014 577 27.0 21.3 64.1
2015 589 26.0 22.6 63.7
2016 549 28.0 19.6 41.3
2017 515 25.5 20.1 n/a
2018 534 22.5 23.7 60.9
2019 499 25.5 19.5 58.7
2020 502 23.5 21.3 58.8
2021 438 22.5 19.4 n/a
2022 454 20.5 22.1 29.3
2023 471 23.0 20.4 53.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Desert Willow Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2007 447 26.3 17.0 31.5
2008 733 33.5 21.9 36.6
2009 796 38.9 20.5 39.2
2010 666 36.5 18.2 46.8
2011 614 32.0 19.1 47.1
2012 589 30.0 19.6 35.8
2013 582 28.5 20.4 22
2014 577 27.0 21.3 64.1
2015 589 26.0 22.6 63.7
2016 549 28.0 19.6 41.3
2017 515 25.5 20.1 n/a
2018 534 22.5 23.7 60.9
2019 499 25.5 19.5 58.7
2020 502 23.5 21.3 58.8
2021 438 22.5 19.4 n/a
2022 454 20.5 22.1 29.3
2023 471 23.0 20.4 53.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Desert Willow Elementary School

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YearPersonnel Expenditures from Federal FundsNon-Personnel Expenditures from Federal FundsTotal Expenditures from Federal FundsPersonnel Expenditures from State and Local FundsNon-Personnel Expenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $353 (4.1%) $47 (0.5%) $754 (8.8%) $7,044 (81.8%) $1,166 (13.5%) $8,210 (95.3%) $8,611
2020 $118 (1.8%) $125 (1.9%) $362 (5.5%) $5,423 (82.8%) $884 (13.5%) $6,308 (96.3%) $6,552
2022 $1,200 (15.4%) $266 (3.4%) $2,665 (34.3%) $5,291 (68.1%) $1,012 (13.0%) $6,303 (81.1%) $7,769

Data source: Arizona Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Desert Willow Elementary School

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Rankings

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Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
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Ranks 478th of 1039 Elementary schoolsRanks 802nd of 1245 Elementary schools
 18.4%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students499471
 5.6%
African American1118
 63.6%
American Indian1410
 28.6%
Asian64
 33.3%
Hispanic246257
 4.5%
Pacific Islander01
White190156
 17.9%
Two or More Races3225
 21.9%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients58.7%53.9%
 4.8%


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Students at Desert Willow Elementary School are 55% Hispanic, 33% White, 5% Two or more races, 4% African American, 2% American Indian.

Desert Willow Elementary School ranks 802nd of 1245 Arizona elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 471 students attended Desert Willow Elementary School.


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