TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - "It is probably the best day I've had as Superintendent."
Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo was all smiles during a news conference Friday to release letter grades from the Arizona Department of Education for more than 80 schools across the Tucson Unified School District.
The grading system measures year to year student academic growth, proficiency on English language arts, math and science, the proficiency and academic growth of English language learners, indicators that an elementary student is ready for success in high school and that high school students are ready to succeed in a career or higher education and high school graduation rates.
In the Tucson Unified School District, 81 schools were subjected to the performance criteria of the 'A' through 'F' letter grade system. Alternative schools are not measured, including: Johnson K-2, Teenage Parent High School (TAP), Project MORE, Agave and Mary Meredith, a specialized placement school for students with learning disabilities.
Of the 81 schools, 20 increased an entire letter grade, which Superintendent Trujillo said is ten or more points on the grading system.
"It is a very, very comprehensive measurement of educational effectiveness and I'm proud to report a quarter of the entire school district has been able to improve, twenty schools, able to move up one full letter grade," said Trujillo.
Bloom and Davidson Elementary increased two full letter grades, from a 'D' school to a 'B' school. Drachman Elementary experienced the same growth, from a 'F' school last year to a 'C' school this year.
“The Drachman community suffering the pain, the difficulty and the humiliation of being labeled a 'F' just twelve months ago now proudly celebrates it’s 'C' status,” said Trujillo.
Fifty schools in the district kept the same letter grade as last year, but Trujillo said that does not mean improvements have not been made on campus.
"In the fifty, we had 16 schools that fell just one point short of moving up another letter grade. So, the instructional achievement, the instructional improvement in a year's time has been remarkable and dare I say, one of Southern Arizona's strongest one-year academic improvements so far," Trujillo said.
Trujillo believed student intervention and professional development programs over the last year played a role into the success.
"We made a commitment that we were going to spend the money and build in support systems during the school day for those students," said Trujillo.
“The work is not done. We do not want to stop until there is not a single D or F school in the Tucson Unified School District. We certainly want to get into those 'D' and 'F' schools and I will tell you looking at the list, teacher shortage hit them significantly harder than the other schools on the list.”
- Borman Elementary
- Carrillo Intermediate
- Fruchthendler Elementary
- Gale Elementary
- Sabino High
- Sam Hughes Elementary
- Soleng Tom Elementary
- University High
- Annie Kellond Elementary School
- Bloom Elementary
- Bonillas Elementary Basic Curriculum Magnet School
- Collier Elementary School
- Davidson Elementary School
- Davis Bilingual Magnet School
- Dunham Elementary School
- Henry Hank Oyama
- Ida Flood Dodge Traditional Middle Magnet School
- John B Wright Elementary School
- John E White Elementary School
- Laura N. Banks Elementary
- Lineweaver Elementary School
- Mansfeld Middle Magnet School
- Marshall Elementary School
- Miles-Exploratory Learning Center
- Rincon High School
- Robins Elementary School
- Sahuaro High School
- Tolson Elementary School
- Tucson Magnet High School
- Van Buskirk Elementary School
- W Arthur Sewel Elementary School
- Cholla High School
- Cragin Elementary School
- Doolen Middle School
- Drachman Primary Magnet School
- Ford Elementary
- Frances J Warren Elementary School
- Gridley Middle School
- Harold Steele Elementary School
- Hollinger K-8 School
- Howell Peter Elementary
- Hudlow Elementary School
- Lynn Urquides
- Manzo Elementary School
- McCorkle PK-8
- Miller Elementary School
- Mission View Elementary School
- Morgan Maxwell School
- Palo Verde High Magnet School
- Pueblo Gardens Elementary
- Pueblo High School
- Roberts Naylor
- Roskruge Bilingual Magnet Middle School
- Tully Elementary Accelerated Magnet School
- Vesey Elementary School
- W V Whitmore Elementary School
- Wheeler Elementary School
- Alice Vail Middle School
- Booth-Fickett Math/Science Magnet School
- Catalina High School
- Cavett Elementary School
- Dietz K-8 School
- Holladay Intermediate Magnet School
- Irene Erickson Elementary School
- Magee Middle School
- Maldonado Amelia Elementary School
- Myers-Ganoung Elementary School
- Pistor Middle School
- Raul Grijalva Elementary School
- Robison Elementary School
- Safford K-8 School
- Secrist Middle School
- Valencia Middle School
- Anna Lawrence Intermediate School
- Blenman Elementary School
- Ochoa Elementary School
- Santa Rita High School
- Utterback Middle School