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Arizona Board Of Education To Review Feedback On School Grading System

The state board of education is reviewing public feedback on their proposed A through F school grading system Monday morning. The meeting comes after a month of public hearings on the program.

Officials on the board said the feedback so far has been pretty consistent.

Among the top comments are: too much reliance on the state’s standardized test and concerns about the impacts of socioeconomic status on school letter grades.

Carol Schmidt is the executive director of the Arizona State Board of Education. She said the goal of Monday morning’s meeting is to revisit the setup of their rating models based on what they’ve heard so far.  

"We’re looking at criteria for consideration of PE, health, art, and social studies in school accountability," Schmidt said. "As well as revisiting some of the criteria around career and technical education."

The use of a school accountability rubric in Arizona has been on pause for two years after the state switched to a new standardized test.

The public hearings on the new system will continue through the end of the month.

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.