the A-F letter grades were released by the Arizona State Board of Education. The formula that determines school labels uses a wide range of academic measures, including results from the AzMERIT test and academic growth.
The district’s overall results show excellent growth-with eight schools moving up one letter grade and a total of 16 schools that are “A” labeled. Peoria Elementary School saw the most growth moving from a “D” label in 2017-18 to a “B” label for the 2018-19 school year. This year was also the first for school labels for alternative schools and the Peoria Flex Academy scored a “B” label.
The release of labels presents an opportune time to reflect on the multiple ways our district measures student learning. The A-F Accountability System is just one of those tools. Throughout the school year, there are many ways teachers assess how students are doing in the classroom, including classwork, homework, quizzes, projects and teacher and counselor observations about individual student growth. We also measure soft skills such as students’ ability to communicate, collaborate and think critically.