Arizona releases new school letter grades, first since pandemic

A Gilbert Park University classroom.

Arizona’s first post-pandemic school performance scorecard has been released.

School letter grades are an estimate of how schools are performing on a variety of measures, including state test scores, that families can use to compare schools.

The 2021-2022 school year grades, released this week by the Arizona State Board of Education, are based on spring 2022 test data.

Letter grades are preliminary. Schools have until Nov. 15 to appeal the state board’s assessment. Final grades will be released in December or early 2023.

Due to COVID-19, no letter grades were released for the 2020-2021 school year, and grades for the 2019-2020 school year were the same as the 2018-2019 school year, according to the board.

Big improvements despite the pandemic

Several Arizona districts saw significant and positive changes in their school letter grades.

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