Grade Enhancement Initiative

Dear Student and Parent/Guardian,

 

The AZMerit and AIMS Science assessments provide students, teachers and parents with information about how a student is progressing academically in English Language Arts, Mathematics and Science.  It is important that students perform their best on these assessments to accurately assess their academic progress.

In order to increase student motivation and accountability for performance and increase the connection between school coursework and the state assessment, students will be eligible for a grade enhancement in courses that are directly tied to the AZMerit or AIMS Science assessments. The grade enhancement would be impacted by proficiency or growth results:

  • Proficiency:

    • Students who earn Highly Proficient/Exceeds will increase their Semester B Grade by 10%.

    • Students who earn Proficient/Meets will increase their Semester B Grade by 7%.

OR

  • Growth: Students who increase their Previous Year’s Performance Level from Minimally Proficient to Partially Proficient will increase their Semester B Grade by 5%.

In order to qualify for the grade increase, the student needs to have a Final Semester B Grade of 50% or greater. Only courses taken at Gilbert Public Schools are eligible.  Below are the (5) JH and (7) HS courses that are affected by this enhancement initiative:

 

HS Course Name*

AZMERIT EOC


JHS Course Name

AZMERIT EOC

ENGLISH I, HONORS ENGLISH I

ELA9


HONORS ALGEBRA 1

Algebra I

ENGLISH II, HONORS ENGLISH II

ELA10


HS MATHEMATICS

Geometry

ENGLISH III, AP ENGLISH III, ENGLISH III/SS BLOCK

ELA11




ALGEBRA I, HONORS ALGEBRA I

Algebra I


JHS Course Name*

AZMERIT

GEOMETRY, HONORS GEOMETRY

Geometry


English 7

ELA 7

INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA, ALGEBRA 2,

HONORS ALGEBRA 2

Algebra II


English 8

ELA 8

*AND APPLICABLE SPECIAL EDUCATION COURSE



Math 7

Math 7




Math 8

Math 8

LAB BIOLOGY, HONORS LAB BIOLOGY, AP BIOLOGY

ONLY 9TH GR & 10TH GR IF NOT TAKEN AS A 9TH GR


JHS Course Name*

AIMS SCI

*AND APPLICABLE SPECIAL EDUCATION COURSE



Science 8

AIMS SCI 8

This grade enhancement will begin with Spring 2019 Semester B courses and assessments.

 

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