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Posted: Monday, August 4, 2014 2:15 pm | Updated: 2:24 pm, Mon Aug 4, 2014.

On August 4, 2014 the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) publicly released 2014 AIMS results and the A-F school letter grades for schools throughout the state. The Marana Unified School District earned a high profile of B. One elementary school earned the ADE’s highest Achievement Profile of an A and fifteen Marana schools earned the Achievement Profile of a B.

“Marana schools are committed to providing the highest quality education to equip students with the academic skills to be lifelong learners and responsible citizens,” states Dr. Doug Wilson, superintendent. “I consider our school district to be a leader in the implementation of Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards given that we spent the last several years preparing for and then fully implementing the standards in the classroom last year. It is extremely difficult to measure the progress of student achievement when we are still using a State assessment instrument (Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards) not aligned with the standards our teachers are required to teach. As a district, we recognize that we will continue to face the challenge of accurate and consistent measurement in the coming year or two as we transition to the new state accountability test; however we remain focused on student achievement and preparing all students to be college and career ready.”

Dr. Brett Kramer, executive director improvement initiatives says, “A decline in 4th and 5th grade mathematics AIMS scores was the major contributing factor in the letter grade this year. Our students are learning Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards which are different than what was tested on AIMS. Once the State implements a new assessment, the full range of the State standards can be measured to determine whether students are college and career ready. School administrators and teachers continue to refine their school improvement plan to ensure that all students are learning and making solid academic achievement. Our teachers embrace higher accountability and educational strategies rooted in performance data to guide their instruction and improve academic achievement.  As a district we have increased our emphasis on successful instructional practices and professional development to provide teachers the tools and resources they need.”

A-F school letter grades are described as: A demonstrates an excellent level of performance, B demonstrates an above average level of performance, C demonstrates an average level of performance, D demonstrates a below average level of performance, F demonstrates a failing level of performance.

Fifty percent of a school’s Letter Grade comes from the students’ passing rate on AIMS. Additional points are available for students passing the language proficiency assessment and reducing the number of students in the lowest AIMS category (Falls Far Below). The other 50 percent comes from the average growth percentile of students on AIMS. To determine the growth percentile, an individual student’s growth is compared to that of “academic peers.” Academic peers are students who have similar test scores on AIMS in prior years. Students who score better on AIMS than their academic peers from the prior to current years receive higher growth percentiles.

SCHOOL

 

2014
Results

DeGrazia Elementary School

 

B

Estes Elementary School

 

B

Thornydale Elementary School

 

B

Butterfield Elementary School

 

B

Roadrunner Elementary  School

 

D

Desert Winds Elementary School

 

B

Ironwood Elementary School

 

B

Quail Run Elementary School

 

B

Coyote Trail Elementary School

 

B

Picture Rocks Intermediate School

 

C

Twin Peaks Elementary School

 

A

Rattlesnake Ridge Elementary School

 

B

Marana Middle School

 

B

Tortolita Middle School

 

B

Marana High School

 

B

Mountain View High School

 

B

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