Editor’s note: This story is part one of six looking at how Yuma County school districts performed on the Arizona State Board of Education’s A-F letter grades. This story examines Crane School District.

 Each year at the direction of the Arizona Department of Education, the Arizona State Board of Education releases the A-F letter grades of the previous school year.

Released statewide on Nov. 1, the 2018-2019 letter grades are an annual academic achievement profile that measures student academic growth; proficiency in English language arts, math and science, proficiency and academic growth of English Language Learners; for elementary students, indicators of readiness for success in high school; for high school students, indicators of readiness for success in a career or higher education; and high school gradation rates.

According to district officials, Crane School District received its grades in the spring of 2019, which provided schools with additional direction.

“In looking at the data released by the Arizona State Board of Education, more schools across Arizona received higher letter grades from prior years,” Crane Superintendent Laurie Doering said in a news release. “And for that, I am excited for all schools across Arizona. We are creating a pathway of excellence for each student at our schools, influencing their academic trajectory so that he or she can reach their highest academic potential at Crane School District.”

Mesquite and Pueblo Elementary Schools and Gowan Science Academy were the district’s highest performers, each earning a “B” for the 2018-2019 school year.

In interpreting the data, Assistant Superintendent Michael Hoffman said it’s important to consider the weight of the various elements that constitute each school’s grade.

According to Hoffman, 30% of a school’s letter grade is based on the number of students at schools with proficient scores on AzMERIT tests, 50% is based on students’ testing improvements from year to year, 10% is based on English Language Learner growth and proficiency, while a variety of factors comprise the final 10%, such as chronic absences and inclusion rates of students with disabilities.

“Crane School District and its schools will continue to leverage the state’s data to improve our instructional delivery in the classroom, provide curriculum support and…continue to work alongside staff to provide added assistance and direction,” Hoffman said.

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