-From the Principal, Mark Anderson…October is here, the temperature is starting to change, and we are through our first quarter of school. I hope everyone has an opportunity to meet with their child’s teachers during parent-teacher conferences this week. Building a positive relationship with your child’s teacher is very important to further ensure we are providing the best possible academic environment. Approaching education as a unified team is proven to be a very important factor in our student’s success.We also have some great news to report! Last week The Arizona Board of Education released our school labels. Highland Lakes School received an “A” rating! Below is how the letter grades were calculated:
- 30 percent of the grade will depend on how well kids perform on AzMERIT, the state's standardized test. Elementary- and high-school students will earn their schools at least partial "points" if they score in any of the test's three highest performance levels: partially proficient, proficient and highly proficient.
- 50 percent of the grade will be tied to how students improve on AzMERIT. Half of this slice will be calculated by how a student improves compared to their peers. The other half will be calculated by how the student improves on AzMERIT against an expected-growth target.
- 10 percent of the grade will be determined by how well a school's English language learners perform and improve on a specialized test, AZELLA.
- The final 10 percent of elementary school grades — and one of the most obvious differences between the old system — will be based on a pool of "acceleration and readiness" measures. This will be partly determined by chronic absenteeism rates and how many third-grade students a school moves out of the lowest performance level, minimally proficient, on the reading portion of AzMERIT.
Only 24% of Arizona schools received the letter grade of an “A”. I want to personally congratulate all of our students, teachers, and parents as this is a very big deal. We are lucky to have such an amazing educational community and we are all lucky to be a part of it.
Thank you for your continued support; Highland Lakes School would not be what it is without you. Enjoy the end of October and we are looking forward to an amazing second quarter…