Draft State Plan for Every Student Succeeds Act Now Available

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 [email protected]. 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.

February 16, 2016 – ADE Message to School District and Charter School Administrators

Online Certification Portal Now Available

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

AzMERIT: Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching

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.

2014 A-F Letter Grades Now Available!

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/
BASIS Schools* A 163 http://www.basisschools.org/
Higley Unified School District A 159 http://www.husd.org
Presidio Schools* A 159 http://www.presidioschool.com/
Montessori Day Schools* A 159 http://mdpsc.org/
Cambridge Academy* A 159 http://www.cambridgeacademyaz.com/
Freedom Academy* A 159 http://www.freedom-academy.com/
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/
Heritage Academy* A 156 http://www.heritageacademyaz.com/
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/
Espiritu Schools* A 152 http://www.espiritu.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/
Sonoran Schools* A 149 http://www.sonoranschools.org/
AmeriSchools* A 147 http://www.amerischools.org/
The Academy of Tucson* A 146 http://www.academyoftucson.com/
Paradise Schools* A 146 http://pecschools.org
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/
Eduprize Schools* A 145 http://www.eduprizeschools.net/
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/


*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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