Letter Grade from the Arizona Board of Education

Letter Grade from the Arizona State Board of Education
Posted on 10/16/2017
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Over the last year, the Arizona State Board of Education has worked on a plan to assign letter grades to Arizona schools, per Arizona state law. Federal law does not require letter grades but does require that states measure school performance. On Monday, September 25, 2017, the State Board approved the letter grade system and the grades were released to schools on September 28. The state implemented an embargo of all letter grades until October 9. However, they ended up releasing the letter grades on October 6. The new system is completely different and now that it is finalized we can actively plan our strategies to improve. No more moving targets.

Estrella Mountain Elementary letter grade is a “B”, earning 82%.  We missed an “A” by 4%.

Here is what makes up the school’s letter grades:

  • 80% of the school grade is based on AzMERIT results from 2016-2017 (test was taken in March-April 2017).
  • 30% is based on proficiency student scores
  • 50% is based on student growth -10% is based on the improvement of EL students’ on the AZELLA
  • 10% is based on Acceleration/Readiness factors

This is our baseline and we are confident in making progress moving forward. Our literacy adoption, Instructional Coaches, IB Academy, Honor’s Courses, and math initiative are showing an immediate impact and are crucial to our future success. We are developing targeted strategies to improve our academic performance in key indicators.

Please plan on attending our next Coffee with the Principal for more information in regards to letter grades on Tuesday, November 7th at 8:00 a.m. in our Media Center.


Mrs. Sharon Marine,