Preliminary A-F Letter Grade Accountability System
On September 25, 2017, the Arizona State Board of Education (SBE) approved cut scores and other measures for the A-F letter grade accountability system. On October 6, the SBE provided a guidance document that offers information to schools about the categories of posting and next steps for the issuance of final letter grades in Spring 2018.
Why are the grades preliminary? Since the adoption of the accountability system, SBE has identified various technical issues that require review and/or field validation. To capture feedback from the field, the SBE staff will host a series of open houses through November 6, 2017.
- October 10: Noon - 5:00 p.m.
- October 12: Noon - 5:00 p.m.
- October 13: Noon - 5:00 p.m.
- October 16: 9:00 a.m. - Noon
- October 17: 9:00 a.m. - Noon
- October 24: 9:00 a.m. - Noon
- October 27: 9:00 a.m. - Noon
- October 30: 9:00 a.m. - Noon
- October 31: 9:00 a.m. - Noon
- November 6: Noon - 5:00 p.m.
There are many variables that are used to award points for schools. More details about the current A-F Letter Grade Accountability System are included in the information below and will be updated as the system changes.
AzMERIT and Frequently Asked Questions
School districts received student reports during the summer weeks. Kyrene School District mailed home family packets in the end of July 2017. Students who participated in AzMERIT (English language arts and math) received these results. Students in grade 4 and grade 8 also received their AIMS science results.
Each student's report has a score that is also identified by one of four performance levels: Highly Proficient, Proficient, Partially Proficient, and Minimally Proficient. Cut scores for the performance levels are based on grade level expectations. On the AzMERIT Resources pages, of the state webpage, there is a link to for grade level expectations: performance level descriptors. In addition, the report includes a breakdown of performance by categories within each subject as well. This helps create a better understanding of how students perform within the subject areas.
Families are encouraged to call their student's school to inquire about student results. School leaders are available to address questions and many have scheduled/are in the process of sharing information (i.e. websites, newsletters) and/or scheduling school opportunities to report results (i.e. coffee chats, parent organization meetings). Check with your school to find out if something has been scheduled.