PHOENIX -- The Arizona Department of Education has released their letter grades for all district and charter schools throughout the state of Arizona.
On Thursday, Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal revealed the A-F grades that were handed out in accordance with ARS 15-241.
In order to further comply with Arizona law, the ADE added this year a grading scale for schools with less than 100 students, alternative schools, and K-2 schools.
In 2012, 1,733 Arizona schools, or 23 percent, received an A grade, while 34 percent were given a B. A total of 25 percent of Arizona schools increased their grade from 2011 to 2012, while 62 percent of schools maintained their grade.
“Our Department is dedicated to providing parents fair yet rigorous evaluations of schools so they can make informed decisions about their child’s education,” said Huppenthal. “We recognize higher accountability leads to higher academic results. This has been proven over the last year, as we see the general trending upward in grades for many schools, charters, and districts.”