Pursuant to A.R.S. 15-241, the State Board of Education (Board) is charged with final approval of the criteria used to determine A through F letter grades for public schools and local education agencies (LEAs). The A-F school letter grade accountability system measures school performance based on academic performances indicators including multiple measures of academic performance as determined by the Board, student mastery of grade-level standards as measured by the English language arts and mathematics statewide assessments, results from the English language learner proficiency assessments and progress toward college and career readiness for grades nine through twelve.
In 2016, the Board developed the A-F School Accountability Ad Hoc Advisory Committee to provide advice and policy recommendations to the Board for implementation of the state's A-F accountability system. In collaboration with the Department of Education, the Committee's work is guided by the Principles of Agreement adopted by the Board in October 2014 and the Consensus Conceptual Design for the A-F School Accountability System adopted by the Board in September 2016. Committee meetings are posted on this website. A comprehensive guidance document detailing the working draft components can be found here.
You may provide public feedback on the working draft components of the A-F School Letter Grade Accountability by a taking a survey or attending a public hearing listed below.
For the 2016-2017 school year, the Department of Education may release data for school districts, schools and charter schools based on assessments conducted during the 2015-2016 school year and school districts, schools and charter schools may publish letter grades pursuant to the methodology adopted by the State Board of Education. For the 2017-2018 school year, the Department of Education shall publish letter grades based on data collected during the 2016-2017 school year.