2017-2018 A-F School Letter Grades
The Board finalized the Accountability Plan for the 2017-2018 Accountability System at the May 21, 2018 Board Meeting. The Board considered several changes to enhance the system and to comply with federal law. To comply with federal law:
- Include in the denominator the greater of 95 percent of all students or the number of students participating in the proficiency calculation
- Move the science assessment out of the Proficiency Indicator
- Include all seniors, not just graduating seniors, in the College and Career Readiness Indicator
Based on public feedback and review by data experts, the Board adopted the following changes:
- Lowering the n-count from 20 to 10 to capture as many students as possible in a school's letter grade calculation (n-count is the minimum number of students in each indicator necessary to include the data in a school's letter grade calculation);
- Modifying the weights within the growth indicator to ensure all students that achieve a year's worth of academic growth are equally awarded for that growth; and
- Establishing confidence intervals for 3rd grade English language arts proficiency and chronic absenteeism within the K-8 Acceleration and Readiness Indicator.
The data behind the changes can be found here: 2017-2018 A-F Data Presentation
Schools will have the opportunity to review their data in the summer and the Arizona Department of Education plans to release letter grades in the fall. The Board will immediately shift its focus to the Accountability System for the 2018-2019 school year.
A-F Information - Final
2017-2018 A-F Plan for K-8
2017-2018 A-F Plan for 9-12