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Arizona Accountability System

Students working on laptops as part of Kingswood Elementary's Code to the Future program.The Arizona State Board of Education (SBE) developed a new accountability system aligned to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) mandates and, on October 9, 2017, the 2016-2017 labels were released to the public.  The new labels labels were calculated utilizing the system adopted by the SBE on September 25, 2017.  For your schools letter grade please visit the school website.

The accountability system reflects a complex set of formulas that produces an A-F label for each public school.  The system relies heavily on the AZMerit scores in English Language Arts and Math plus some limited weighted data from a few other areas, such as chronic absenteeism, earning industry credentials, etc.  More information about the system can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions.

The Dysart Unified School District utilizes AZ Merit scores as one important measure of performance; however, we know that to prepare students for the future job market, Dysart must look at multiple measures aligned to college and career readiness. Since the state accountability system does not provide information on some of the key measures that research shows is aligned to college and career readiness, Dysart is working on a dashboard.  The Dysart dashboard will provide information on multiple measures and provide a simple and transparent look at real student data.  The dashboard will be available in the spring of 2018.

In the meantime, Dysart will be incorporating the results of the AZMerit tests and the school labels as part of the continuous planning process used at the school and district levels.  Dysart’s goal is to ensure students leave the district future ready, armed with the knowledge and skills to take on the challenges and opportunities they will face in work and in life.