The Arizona A-F - AZ

The Arizona A-F - AZ

The Arizona A-F Accountability System A New System to Empower Schools, Students, and Parents Arizona State Board of Education F o s t e ri n g Ex c e l l e n c e i n P u b l i c Ed u c a t i o n Media Kit The Arizona A-F A cco unt abilit y System W h a t i s Arizonas A-F Accountability S y s t e m ? The A-F Accountability System is designed to empower schools to achieve and increase student success in Arizona. It provides schools with feedback on what areas they are excelling and in what areas they may need to focus on. It is a tool to help schools improve, parents to better understand what school is best for their child with empowering quantitative information when making school choices, and to help the state, policy makers and community leaders identify which schools are in need of support and how to better prioritize resources. Fostering Excellence i n Public Education The Arizona A-F A cco unt abilit y System W h a t is t h e p ur p o se of the

A-F Accountability System? The A-F Accountability System is designed to empower all public elementary, middle and high schools in the state, and serves many purposes and efforts to achieve and increase student success in Arizona. The system: Provides schools with quantitative feedback on what areas they are excelling in and what areas they need to focus on Empowers parents with quantitative information when making school choices Fostering Excellence i n Public Education Holds schools accountable The Arizona A-F A cco unt abilit y System How We Got Here Arizona is required by federal law to

measure school performance and is required by state law to do so through an A-F letter grade system. The State Board of Education was charged with developing a new system to comply with state and federal requirements while using the opportunity to measure the quality of a school and its effectiveness across a broader range of measures. The State Board of Education appointed an ad hoc committee consisting of a range of stakeholders, utilized the expertise of the Arizona Department of Education and the Accountability Advisory Group and sought public input through 17 public hearings

across the state and a survey that returned almost 1,700 responses. The new system relies less on the statewide assessment and utilizes a broader range of measures for a more accurate quantitative measurement of student and school wide achievement. Fostering Excellence i n Public Education The following purposes were identified in adopting the A-F Accountability Plan: 1 2

3 4 Fairnes s & equity Studentlevel focus Transparency, ease of understandin g & ease of communicati on Incentiv es for action The Arizona A-F A cco unt abilit y System T he S y st e m M e a s u r e m e n t s The system quantitatively measures student proficiency and annual growth in key areas as well as readiness to take the next step in their education or career. Specifically, schools annually earn a letter grade based on a range of comprehensive measures including:

Fostering Excellence i n Public Education Proficiency in English Language Arts, Math and Science. Growth in English Language Arts and Math. Proficiency and Growth of English Language Learners. Graduation Rate. Acceleration and Readiness Measures, which consists of several measures including chronic absenteeism and the improved growth of subgroups (economically disadvantaged, special education, etc.). College and Career Readiness Indicators, which includes passing the ACT or SAT or earning an industry credential, certificate or license.

The Arizona A-F A cco unt abilit y System How t h e Grades a r e Calculated For K-8 schools, the plan provides for multiple indicators weighted as follows: English Language Learners growth and proficiency at 10% Acceleration and readiness measures at 10% Fostering Excellence i n Public Education Student proficiency at 3 0% 10% 10% 30% 50% Student growth at 5 0% The Arizona A-F A cco unt abilit y System

How t h e Grades a r e Calculated The 9-12 plan provides for multiple indicators weighted as follows: College and career readiness measures at 2 0% Student proficiency at 30 % 20% 30% Graduation rate at 20 % 20% 20% English Language Learners growth and proficiency at 10% Fostering Excellence i n Public Education 10% Student growth at 20 %

The Arizona A-F A cco unt abilit y System W h a t Does Each Letter Grade M e a n ? A Excellent letter grade. B Highly Performing Descriptions of the grades C Performing D Minimally Performing F Failing Annually elementary,

every middle and high school will receive a are as follows: Fostering Excellence i n Public Education What Does Each Letter Grade Mean? Letter Grade Level of Performance Descriptor A Excellent Distinguished performance on the statewide assessment. Significant student growth. High 4 year graduation rates. Students are on track to proficiency. Overall performance is significantly higher than state average. A schools may not meet each of these descriptors B Highly Performing

C Performing Adequate performance but needs improvement on some indicators including proficiency, growth or graduation rate. D Minimally Performing Inadequate performance in proficiency, growth and/or 4 year graduation rate relative to the state average F Failing Systematic failures in proficiency, growth and graduation rates (below 67%). Performance is in bottom 5% of the state High performance on statewide assessment; and/or Significant student growth; and/or Higher 4 year graduation rates; and/or Moving students to proficiency at a higher rate than state average. The Arizona A-F A cco unt abilit y System

The Difference Betwe en Quantitative Data a n d Qualitative Data The new A-F Accountability System assesses Quantitative Data, such as test results and graduation results that are measurable. Qualitative Data, such as different awards earned, quality of music programs, PTA involvement, etc. is subjective, so it is not included in this system, but is part of the larger picture when evaluating which school is right for individual students. Fostering Excellence i n Public Education The Arizona A-F A cco unt abilit y System Arizonas A-F Sy ste m H a s Earned National Honors At least 17 states currently utilize an A-F school grading system. Arizonas A-F Accountability System was recognized as a national leader in school accountability by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute for its clear labels, focus on all students, and fairness to all schools. Fostering Excellence i n Public Education The Arizona A-F A cco unt abilit y System How to Get Involved Whether you are a parent, community member or business

leader, now is the time to get involved in education in Arizona. The new A-F Accountability System will help you do that by letting you know where schools might need additional support. While state-level support is important for schools, community involvement is vital to improving school achievement. Fostering Excellence i n Public Education The Arizona A-F A cco unt abilit y System Additional Resources For a full FAQs, please visit: https://azsbe.az.gov/f-school-letter-grades A complete breakdown of the calculations may be found at https://azsbe.az.gov/f-school-letter-grades Previous school letter grades may be found at: www.azed.gov/accountability-research/reportcar ds/ How Arizona ranks in comparison to other states that have adopted an A-F rating system: www.edexcellence.net/publications/rating-the-ra tings Fostering Excellence i n Public Education

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