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Arizona Schools Returning To A-Through-F Grading Curve

Arizona schools will soon be working under a new A-through-F letter grading system. The use of this school accountability rubric was paused for two years after the state switched to a new standardized test.

The redesigned process is still in the early stages but officials say the goal is to include factors other than test scores when determining a school’s rating.

Right now officials are getting feedback from the public on exactly what the new system should include.

"Things that we’re considering outside of test scores could include how many of your students are taking advanced placement courses," explained Arizona Department of Education spokesman Charles Tack. "How many students are participating in arts programs and career and technical education programs, how is your attendance rate?"

School funding is tied to these grades so using a variety of factors in the ratings is intended to provide a more accurate assessment. Tack added they plan to have a new system in place in time to use test scores from the 2016-2017 school year.

Carrie Jung Senior Field Correspondent, Education Desk Carrie Jung began her public radio career in Albuquerque, N.M., where she fell in love with the diverse cultural scene and unique political environment of the Southwest. Jung has been heard on KJZZ since 2013 when she served as a regular contributor to the Fronteras Desk from KUNM Albuquerque. She covered several major stories there including New Mexico's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and Albuquerque's failed voter initiative to ban late-term abortions. Jung has also contributed stories about environmental and Native American issues to NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera America, WNYC's The Takeaway, and National Native News. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in marketing, both from Clemson University. When Jung isn't producing content for KJZZ she can usually be found buried beneath mounds of fabric and quilting supplies. She recently co-authored a book, "Sweet And Simple Sewing," with her mother and sister, who are fabric designers.