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Message from Our Superintendent

October 2017

Dear Altar Valley Families,

After a three-year break, schools are again receiving letter grades from The Arizona Department of Education. I am proud to announce that under the new Arizona A-F Accountability System, Robles Elementary has maintained its grade of B, and Altar Valley Middle School increased its grade from a C to a B. AVMS was one of only 27 schools in Pima County to improve its letter grade.  

The A-F Accountability System empowers schools to achieve and increase student success in Arizona. It provides schools with feedback regarding the areas in which they are excelling and informs them of areas that need improvement. It is a tool to help parents better understand what school is best for their child and to help the state, policy makers, and community leaders identify which schools need support. 

The system measures student proficiency and annual growth in the areas below with the majority of the weight being the AzMERIT scores:

  • 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 new A-F Accountability System assesses quantitative data, such as test results, that are measurable. In order to earn an A, schools must receive a percentage of points out of 100. This minimum is a "cut score." The state school board established the following cut scores:

K-8 Schools Cut Scores

  • A = Excellent (86-100%)
  • B = Highly Performing (85-74%)
  • C = Performing (73-62%)
  • D = Minimally Performing (61-50%)
  • F = Failing (less than 50%)

The Altar Valley School District produced this information and also incorporated information that the State Board of Education produced.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. David Dumon

    Dr. David Dumon
    Superintendent
    Altar Valley School District