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4 Tucson schools fall to an ‘F’ after letter-grade appeals

Four schools in Tucson’s major school districts dropped from a D to an F after the Board of Education finalized letter grades issued by the Arizona Department of Education.
The Arizona Daily Star reports Tucson schools Magee Middle, Booth-Fickett K-8 and Catalina High School each received an F after the board voted on A-F appeals Dec. 13. Marana Unified’s Tortolita Middle School received an F.
This brought Tucson Unified School District’s number of F schools to five. All the district’s other school grades remained the same.
The grades are based on year-over-year student academic growth, scores on statewide assessments, high school graduation rates and indicators that a student is ready for success at the next level.
The letter grades are designed to give school leaders, teachers, parents and community members a snapshot of where they are doing well and where they need to improve.
After preliminary grades are given, schools have a chance to file an appeal based on environmental challenges, emergencies, tragedies, other substantive events or incorrect data.
When schools are rated a D-school for three consecutive years, they automatically receive an F. The three Tucson Unified School District schools that fell to an F after the appeals were in this category.

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  1. If results are any indicator of success the history of Tucson Unified School District are abysmal. The old saying that nothing rots from the bottom up but from the top down obviously applies for TUSD. The voters in the district keep voting in people that reflect their values rather than considering the educational needs of the students. Another case of magnified incompetence through the ballot box. No surprise here.

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