Superintendent Douglas on 3TV: Funding for Arizona’s school data system is in jeopardy 3TV | Phoenix Breaking News, Weather, Sport

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.

Superintendent Douglas on 3TV: Education Goals for 2017

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.

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 For information on the ESEA Flexibility Request that remains in effect until the 2016-2017 school year, please visit

U.S. Department of Education, 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
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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