Today, Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas spoke with Olivia Fierro on Good Morning Arizona regarding the state’s proposed zero budget for education IT and its potential crippling effect on Arizona schools.
Today, Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas spoke with Olivia Fierro on Good Morning Arizona regarding the state of education in Arizona and the agency’s goals for 2017.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law in December of 2015, is the successor to No Child Left Behind (NCLB), making it the newest installment of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. This new law restores the authority in education policy to states and local education agencies (LEAs). This page is designed to be a hub of information and resources to assist us in designing and implementing our own Arizona education system to best serve our students.
For more information, or to provide feedback, please contact us at ESSAInbox@azed.gov. For information on the ESEA Flexibility Request that remains in effect until the 2016-2017 school year, please visit www.azed.gov/eseawaiver.
U.S. Department of Education, ESSA: www.ed.gov/essa.
The Arizona Department of Education is pleased to announce the release of a public certification portal, which will allow members of the public to verify the certificate information of Arizona educators. OACIS, the Online Arizona Certification and Information System, will
In November 2014, the Arizona State Board of Education adopted a new statewide achievement test, AzMERIT, for Arizona students. In order to help communicate the purpose of the new test and several important aspects of the upcoming implementation process, the Arizona Department of Education has created a series of helpful resources to guide all stakeholders. Please check this page often as we will regularly be adding new resources including vendor-specific documents.
Arizona’s A-F Letter Grades are designed to place equal value on current year achievement and longitudinal academic growth, specifically the growth of all students as well as a school’s lowest achieving students. Click here for more information and a 2014 timeline.
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||http://www.afjusd.org/|
|Higley Unified School District||A||159||http://www.husd.org|
|Montessori Day Schools*||A||159||http://mdpsc.org/|
|Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center High Schools*||A||158||http://www.aaechighschools.com/|
|Vail Unified District||A||157||http://www.vail.k12.az.us/|
|Reid Traditional Schools*||A||156||http://reidtraditional.com/|
|Happy Valley School*||A||156||http://happyvalleyschool.org/|
|Catalina Foothills Unified District||A||155||http://www.cfsd16.org/|
|Cave Creek Unified District||A||154||http://www.ccusd93.org|
|Queen Creek Unified District||A||153||http://www.qcusd.org/|
|Benjamin Franklin Charter Schools*||A||151||http://www.benjaminfranklincharterschool.com/|
|Legacy Traditional Schools*||A||151||http://www.legacytraditional.org/|
|Great Hearts Academies*||A||150||http://www.greatheartsaz.org/|
|Chandler Unified School District||A||149||http://www.chandler.k12.az.us/|
|Tanque Verde Unified District||A||149||http://www.tanqueverdeschools.org/|
|Glendale Union High School District||A||149||http://www.guhsdaz.org/|
|The Academy of Tucson*||A||146||http://www.academyoftucson.com/|
|Academy of Math and Science*||A||146||http://www.amstucson.org/|
|Deer Valley Unified District||A||145||http://www.dvusd.org|
|Litchfield Elementary District||A||145||http://www.lesd.k12.az.us/|
|Benson Unified School District||A||145||http://www.bensonsd.k12.az.us/|
|Gilbert Unified District||A||145||http://www.gilbertschools.net|
|Montessori Education Centre*||A||145||http://www.montessorictr.org/|
|Scottsdale Unified District||A||144||http://www.susd.schoolfusion.us/|
|Ball Charter Schools*||A||143||http://www.azballcharterschools.org/|
|American Leadership Academy*||A||143||http://www.alaschools.org/|
|Joseph City Unified District||A||143||http://www.josephcityschools.org/|
|Twenty-First Century Charter Schools*||A||143||http://bennettacademy.com|
|Tempe Union High School District||A||142||https://www.tuhsd.k12.az.us|
|Madison Elementary District||A||142||http://www.madisonaz.org/|
|Heber-Overgaard Unified District||A||142||http://www.heberovergaardschools.org/|
|Kyrene Elementary District||A||141||http://www.kyrene.org|
|Peoria Unified School District||A||140||https://www.peoriaud.k12.az.us|
|Dysart Unified District||A||140||https://www.dysart.org/|
|St. David Unified School District||A||140||http://stdavidschools.org/|
“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.
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)
2012 AIMS Results — This 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)