On April 25, 2011, the State Board of Education (SBE) unanimously passed the proposed Arizona Framework for Measuring Educator Effectiveness. This action resulted from the passage of SB 1040 that directed the SBE to adopt and maintain a model framework for teacher and principal evaluation that includes quantitative data on student academic progress. ADE will continue to update this page in order to provide the most current information and resources to assist all Local Education Agencies (LEA) with the successful implementation of the framework in the 2012-2013 school year.

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Top School District and Charter System Ranking – Click Here to view top-ranked individual schools.

District or Charter Name Grade Points Website
Ash Fork Joint Unified District A 165
BASIS Schools* A 163
Higley Unified School District A 159
Presidio Schools* A 159
Montessori Day Schools* A 159
Cambridge Academy* A 159
Freedom Academy* A 159
Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center High Schools* A 158
Vail Unified District A 157
Reid Traditional Schools* A 156
Happy Valley School* A 156
Heritage Academy* A 156
Catalina Foothills Unified District A 155
Cave Creek Unified District A 154
Queen Creek Unified District A 153
Espiritu Schools* A 152
Benjamin Franklin Charter Schools* A 151
Legacy Traditional Schools* A 151
Great Hearts Academies* A 150
Chandler Unified School District A 149
Tanque Verde Unified District A 149
Glendale Union High School District A 149
Sonoran Schools* A 149
AmeriSchools* A 147
The Academy of Tucson* A 146
Paradise Schools* A 146
Academy of Math and Science* A 146
Deer Valley Unified District A 145
Litchfield Elementary District A 145
Eduprize Schools* A 145
Benson Unified School District A 145
Gilbert Unified District A 145
Montessori Education Centre* A 145
Scottsdale Unified District A 144
Ball Charter Schools* A 143
American Leadership Academy* A 143
Joseph City Unified District A 143
Twenty-First Century Charter Schools* A 143
Tempe Union High School District A 142
Madison Elementary District A 142
Heber-Overgaard Unified District A 142
Kyrene Elementary District A 141
Peoria Unified School District A 140
Dysart Unified District A 140
St. David Unified School District A 140


*Charter system

“A” grades were awarded to school districts and charter systems that earned at least 140 of a possible 200 points using the Arizona Department of Education’s A-F School Accountability Letter Grade System. Points for charter systems operating multiple charter holders were based on average total points weighted by October 1 enrollment figures.

In addition to receiving an “A” letter grade, districts and charter systems had to meet the following criteria to qualify:

  • Operate multiple school sites

While this list focuses on those high performing organizations impacting a large number of students, many districts and charters have individual schools that have received “A” letter grades. Those schools can all be found in the list available at the link below. It is also important to note that many small or single-school districts and charter systems have also received “A” letter grades.

Please CLICK HERE to view the list of individual schools that received an “A” letter grade for the 2013-2014 school year.

2011-2012 A-F Letter Grades

On August 2, 2012, Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal announced the release of Arizona’s 2011-2012 A-F letter grades for all district and charter schools in the state. New this year are three additional letter grade models designed for small, K-2, and alternative schools, which should provide even greater value to parents as they choose appropriate placement for their students.

A-F Letter Grades

2011-2012 A-F Letter Grades for All Schools by Type — This Excel workbook contains four separate tabs (traditional schools, small schools, K-2 schools, and alternative schools)

2011-2012 A-F Letter Grades for All LEAs (Districts and Charter Holders)

2012 A-F Letter Grades Guide

2012 AIMS ResultsThis Excel workbook contains five separate tabs with distinct breakdowns of 2012 AIMS results (by school, by school and grade, by LEA and grade, by county and grade, and at the state level by grade)

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