On Monday, October 28th, The Arizona State Board of Education voted for criteria that would classify Arizona schools in an A-F letter grade system for the 2018-2019 school year. Based on this criteria, Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District No. 35 received three “B” and two “C” ratings.
According to state ratings, schools with a “B” rating are defined as highly performing and those with a “C” rating are defined as performing. Calabasas, Coatimundi and San Cayetano all received highly performing. Mountain View and Rio Rico High School received a rating of performing.
District and school leaders were given the preliminary A-F data and have gone through the information to determine the areas for growth and the strength, for both the district as well as individual sites. “As a district we are committed to making our district the very best in Arizona,” stated Superintendent David Verdugo. “Improving our students’ proficiency and growth on state assessments is one of our strategies for achieving this.”
Schools earn points towards their letter grades in a variety of areas. Of note for SCVUSD No. 35, all five schools maintained or increased points earned for English Learner Proficiency and Growth as determined by the English Proficiency Assessment, AZELLA. Additionally Rio Rico High School has maintained 100% of points available for graduation rate for all 3 years of A-F accountability. Rio Rico High School also gained more points in the area of the college and career readiness which measures CTE credentials, ACT results, SAT results and Cambridge exams.
“Our system allows us to project our scores well in advance so we have been working on improvements since July,” stated Assistant Superintendent Stephen Schadler. “We don’t rely on one data point to guide our direction. We never stop refining our programs to achieve the best possible results for our students.”