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High School Course Grade Enhancement

  • Please Note:  Information about the specific scores needed to qualify for grade enhancement will be released in late June after the district receives the cut scores and data files from the Arizona Department of Education.  

     

    The ACT assessment provides students, teachers, and parents with information about a student's aptitude in English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing. The AzSCI assessment measures students' mastery of the standards in Science.  It is important that students perform their best on these assessments to accurately assess their academic progress.  In order to motivate students to put forth a strong effort, students are eligible to positively impact their semester grades in courses aligned to the ACT and AzSCI assessments.  The grade enhancement policy provides an incentive for students to do well on the tests, as well as in their course of study in preparation for the assessments.

    Eleventh grade students who perform at a proficient level (score range to be determined) on the Math section of the ACT state assessment may have each semester of their course grades raised one grade level up to a "B" or "3" in the math courses listed below.  Eleventh grade students who perform at a highly proficient level (score range to be determined) on the Math section of the ACT state assessment may have each semester of their course grades raised one grade level up to an "A" or "4" in the following math courses.

    • Geometry 1-2
    • Geometry 1-2 H
    • Algebra 3-4
    • Algebra 3-4 H
    • Algebra Applications

    Eleventh grade students who perform at a proficient level (score range to be determined) on the English, Reading, and Writing sections combined of the ACT state assessment may have each semester of their ELA course grades raised one grade level up to a "B" or "3" in the courses listed below.  Eleventh grade students who perform at a highly proficient level (score range to be determined) on the English, Reading, and Writing sections combined of the ACT state assessment may have each semester of their ELA course grades raised one grade level up to an "A" or "4" in the following courses.

    • ELA 3-4
    • ELA 3-4 H
    • ELA 5-6
    • IB ELA 5-6
    • AP Language and Composition
    • Junior level ELA dual enrollment courses

    Eleventh grade students who perform at a proficient level on the AzSCI state assessment may have each semester of their science course grades raised one grade level up to a "B" or "3" in the courses listed below.  Eleventh grade students who perform at a highly proficient level on the AzSCI state assessment may have each semester of their science course grades raised one grade level up to an "A" or "4" in the following math courses.

    • Biology
    • Biology H
    • Chemistry
    • Chemistry H
    • Earth Science
    • Earth Science H
    • Environmental Science
    • Environmental Science H

    Special Notes:

    • Only grades for courses taken with DVUSD can be enhanced.
    • No grade can be enhanced multiple times.
    • No grade will be lowered due to poor performance on the ACT or AzSCI assessments.
    • For dual enrollment courses, only the high grade will be enhanced.  The college grade will remain the same on the college transcript.