Arizona Unveils Temporary School Rating Plan

Arizona Unveils Temporary School Rating Plan

April 19, 2019

Breanna Edwards reports for the Arizona Daily Star that Arizona has “decided how it will adapt its hotly debated A-F letter grading system” for districts that choose to stop using the AzMerit assessment. The State Board of Education will evaluate growth based on student subgroup data and how they perform on AzMerit, SAT or ACT. Additionally, the report cards “will also factor in those cohorts’ dropout and graduation rates.” This change to the state’s “letter grading system is temporary because Arizona’s decision to allow school districts to administer different types of tests instead of the state’s AzMerit assessment has been found to violate the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.”