Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. All Arizona public schools, both charter and district, receive letter grades.

Yes. More information on specific schools can be found here.

Arizona Report Cards

The letter grading process for multi-site LEAs is described here.

Full Academic Year (FAY)

Some measures require all students to be included in the calculation whereas others hold schools accountable only for those in attendance for a full academic year.

Science tests will not be included in the accountability system until fiscal year 2015. Please participate in our forums, town halls, committees, etc. in order to voice input on the integration or operationalization within our system.

For any student whose prior year end of year code indicates they are eligible to persist (e.g. Graduates and Completers are not eligible), the student counts as a persistent student if he/she enrolls in ANY Arizona public school prior to or on October 1st. Students who enroll are divided by the number of students who were eligible to enroll according to their last school.

%P Percent Passing
AIMS Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards
AIMS A Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards Alternate
Alt School Alternative School
AMAO Annual Measurable Achievement Objective
AMO Annual Measurable Objective
AOI Arizona Online Instruction
AZELLA Arizona English Language Learner Assessment
BQ Bottom 25%
CCRI College and Career Ready Index
CY Current Year
DO Rate Dropout Rate
ELL English Language Learner
FAME Falls Far Below; Approaches; Meets; Exceeds
FAY Full Academic Year
FFB Falls Far Below
FY Fiscal Year
NR Not Rated
PY Prior Year
SGP Student Growth Percentile
SS Scale Score

This resource describes the measures, labels, and requirements other states use in their accountability systems. Some of them are similar to Arizona’s; others are not.

The Department’s efforts to protect the integrity of the accountability system are described here and here.

The impact of the new statewide test, on accountability is described here.