Our priority is to help every student excel in the classroom.
The Catalina Foothills School District (CFSD) is recognized by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) as one of the top performing school districts in the state of Arizona. CFSD is an "A" rated school district and was an "Excelling" district for eight consecutive years. The district recognizes that these accomplishments reflect the efforts of many: the achievement of our students, the hard work and commitment of teachers and staff, focused and effective leadership, and strong family and community support.
Student achievement and continuous student growth are key strategic priorities. The district uses a variety of assessments and processes to inform instruction and measure subject area mastery of content and skills.
We believe that a balanced assessment system is needed because state assessment systems that focus on summative testing administered once-a-year do not provide sufficient information to improve student learning. CFSD uses results not only from state achievement tests, but also interim assessment measures such as district and school common assessments, and formative measures used during the process of teaching and learning. Performance assessments are used to measure cross-disciplinary skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and communication in the context of academics.
Today's employers are seeking graduates who are self-regulated critical and creative thinkers, collaborators, problem solvers, and excellent communicators in diverse settings. We want our graduates prepared for the college and career pathways of their choice. A balanced assessment system provides us with the data we need to be well-informed decision makers about students' learning needs and the educational programs we provide to support and advance achievement .
CFSD Assessment Program
The link below provides a summary of CFSD's Assessment Program and test results for CFSD in 2016.
In November 2014, the Arizona State Board of Education adopted a new statewide achievement test, AzMERIT (Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching) for Arizona students. Arizona public school students in grades 3 through high school will take AzMERIT in English Language Arts and Mathematics.
Students in Grades 3 through 8 will take AzMERIT in English Language Arts and Mathematics at their grade level. Students taking high school level English Language Arts and Mathematics will take AzMERIT End-of-Course assessments that will test their proficiency in these subjects near the end of the course. Students are not required to pass the AzMERIT End-of-Course tests for graduation.
In 2015, the Arizona legislature passed the Arizona Civics Test Law. A.R.S. 15-701.01 requires students, beginning with the graduating class of 2017, to pass a civics test based on the United States Immigration and Naturalization civics questions. Students will be required to score 60% or higher in order to graduate from high school or obtain a high school equivalency certificate. School districts are required to document on the student’s transcript that the student passed the civics test.
• Students may retake the test as many times as necessary to pass. The test is untimed.
• Students receiving special education services are exempt from obtaining a passing score unless required by an IEP.
• Students who use accommodations in classroom assessments will be offered the same or similar accommodations for the civics test.
• Local school districts decide how the test is to be administered.
Foothills High School will administer the civics test to juniors and seniors during the 2016-2017 year and to juniors in subsequent years. Juniors who pass the civics test do not need to take the test again.
The high school will schedule two Fridays each month at 8:30am for retakes and make-up testing. Students who need to retake the test in order to pass or who need to make-up the test due to an absence will need to take the test on one of the scheduled dates. The high school will publish the schedule for retakes and make-up testing.
The Civics Test administration dates for 2016-2017 are as follows:
• Seniors: November 21, 2016
Make-up dates for seniors: January 13 and February 3, 2017
Students in grades 3-8 and 10 took the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS), the state's prior state achievement test. The AIMS tests were based on the Arizona Academic Standards and measured the content areas of reading, writing (grades 5, 6, 7, 10), mathematics, and science (grades 4, 8, and high school). Spring 2014 was the last administration of the AIMS for reading, writing, and mathematics.