Crane Schools A-F Letter Grades
How did your Crane School do?
Using the letter grade distribution against the statewide measures, Crane significantly outpaced the state with 30% of our schools earning an ‘A’ and only 18% achieved this same mark across the state. Conversely, Crane did not have any schools with a letter grade designation of ‘D’ or ‘F’, while the state reported 16% in these designations.
Due to the hard work of our teachers, support staff and administrators, Crane Schools continues to perform at a very high level. We are tremendously honored to work among people who unite in making a positive difference in our world. This is accomplished through the dedicated work of our employees – working together in the service of children and their success. However, we are not complacent and will continue to strive for excellence while keeping the joy of learning alive in our school community.
Laurie Doering, Superintendent
* Charts are based on preliminary data.
What Are Arizona A-F Letter Grades
What does each letter grade mean? The State Board of Education has adopted these descriptions for each letter grade.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: What is the purpose of the A-F Accountability System?
A: The A-F Accountability System is designed to empower all public elementary, middle and high schools in the state to achieve and increase student success in Arizona. The system:
1. Provides schools with quantitative feedback on what areas they are excelling and in what areas they need to focus on;
2. Empowers parents with quantitative information when making school choices; and
3. Holds schools accountable.
Q: Who assigns the letter grades to schools and when are they assigned?
A: The Arizona Department of Education calculates the letter grades based on the system adopted by the State Board of Education. Grades are made available to schools the week of September 25th and then released to the public on October 9th. The reason for this embargo period is to allow schools to review their letter grade and file an appeal with the State Board of Education if appropriate.
Q: What does the system measure? How are letter grades calculated for schools?
A: The system quantitatively measures student proficiency and annual growth in key areas as well as readiness to take the next step in their education or career. Specifically, schools annually earn a letter grade based on a range of comprehensive measures including:
Proficiency in English Language Arts, Math and Science
Growth in English Language Arts and Math
Proficiency and Growth of English Language Learners
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
Q: How does a school receive an A? How did the Board decide this?
A: The System is designed to provide multiple avenues for schools to earn points. In order to earn an A, schools must receive the minimum percentage of points out of 100 as established by the State Board of Education. This minimum is referred to as a "cut score." In establishing cut scores, the Board considered its guiding principles: 1) fairness and equity; 2) student-level focus; 3) transparency, ease of understanding and ease of communication; and 4) incentives to action. Ultimately, the Board set these cut scores to best reflect the performance of schools and students:
Q: What is the difference between Quantitative Data and Qualitative Data and what type of data does the new A-F Accountability System measure?
A. The new A-F Accountability System assesses Quantitative Data, such as test results and graduation results that are measurable. Qualitative Data, such as different awards earned, quality of music programs, PTA involvement, etc. is subjective, so it is not included in this system but is part of the larger picture when evaluating which school is right for individual students.
Q: How should parents/caregivers use the results when evaluating schools?
A: Arizona is required by law to create a system that can assess a wide variety of schools and students through measurable, quantitative data. This new system successfully and accurately assesses key quantitative measures that can be applied to all of Arizona’s schools. However, it is recommended that parents couple this system’s results with qualitative data found through tours, discussions with principals and other parents or other means, to understand if a school is a right fit for them.
Q: Why was a new system created and how does it differ from Arizona’s previous system?
A: Arizona is required by federal law to measure school performance and is required by state law to do so through an A-F letter grade system. The new system relies less on the statewide assessment and utilizes a broader range of measures to obtain a more accurate quantitative measurement of student and school-wide achievement.
Q: Will this system change?
A: The Board has committed to refine and enhance the A-F Accountability System and to incorporate new measures of school performance as data becomes available in future years but the Board has not committed to enacting sweeping changes.
Q: Do other states utilize this type of grading system?
A: At least 17 states currently utilize an A-F school grading system. Every state is required to utilize some type of measure of school performance that may include a summative score, accreditation system or an A-F letter grades.
Q: What has been the response to Arizona’s A-F Accountability Letter System?
A: In April 2017, soon after its adoption, Arizona’s A-F Accountability System was recognized as a national leader in school accountability by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute for its clear labels, focus on all students, and fairness to all schools.
Q: How was the A-F Accountability System developed?
A: Based on the framework established by the Legislature in 2016, the State Board of Education appointed an ad hoc committee consisting of a range of stakeholders, utilized the expertise of the Arizona Department of Education and the Accountability Advisory Group and sought public input through 17 public hearings across the state and a survey that returned almost 1700 responses.
Q: What is the law governing A-F?
A: There are primarily two laws governing A-F: State statute A.R.S. § 15-241 and the federal law The Every Student Succeeds Act.
Q: What does each letter grade mean?
A: Above is a table that describes the levels of performance associated with each letter grade that was developed with stakeholders and adopted by the Board.