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Our priority is to help every student excel in the classroom.

The Catalina Foothills School District (CFSD) is Tucson's leading educational choice for PreK-12. Academic achievement is a high priority as evidenced by test scores that exceed state and national averages. The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) recognized CFSD as one of the top performing school districts in the state of Arizona. For the third year in a row, CFSD has been named the #1 school district in Arizona by Niche. 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.

The district uses a variety of assessments to measure student achievement and inform instruction. State assessment systems that focus on summative testing administered once-a-year do not provide sufficient information about student learning. CFSD uses results not only from state achievement tests, but also from interim assessment measures such as district and school common assessments. A variety of measures are needed to accommodate a variety of goals. Performance assessments/tasks 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 2018.

View CFSD Assessment Program: CFSD 2018 Summary Report


AzMERIT: Statewide Achievement Test

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 take AzMERIT in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Since 2015, when AzMERIT testing began, CFSD has had the highest average passing scores of any K-12 unified school district in Arizona.

Students in Grades 3 through 8 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.

CFSD Testing Calendar

View CFSD's AzMERIT Math Scores

View CFSD's AzMERIT English Language Arts Scores

AzMERIT Scale Score Ranges

General AzMERIT Information

Arizona Department of Education AzMERIT Support Materials

Expect More Arizona


Civics Test

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.

Catalina Foothills High School administers the civics test to juniors. Juniors who pass the civics test do not need to take the test again.


The Civics Test administration dates for 2018-2019 are as follows:

• Juniors: February 20, 2019

• Seniors: Fall Testing - November 16, 2018

• Seniors: If a senior has not passed the civics test, s/he will retake it until a passing score is achieved.

Civics Test Resources:

Arizona Revised Statute, ARS 15-701.01

Civics Test Study Materials available through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Civics Test and Administration Manual provided by the Arizona Department of Education.

Civics Test Flash Cards



Students in Grades 4, 8, and high school take the AIMS Science test.

View CFSD's AIMS Science Scores

AIMS Science Support Materials


High School Standardized College Entrance Exams

The SAT is an aptitude test, testing reasoning and verbal abilities. It has three components: Critical Reading, Math, and Writing.

The ACT is an achievement test measuring what a student has learned in school. It has up to five components: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing test.

View CFSD's High School SAT Scores

View CFSD's High School ACT Scores


Arizona's A-F Letter Grade Accountability System

The Arizona State Board of Education has developed an annual achievement profile for every public school in the state based on an A through F scale. The system measures proficiency on AzMERIT, year-to-year academic growth on AzMERIT, the proficiency and growth of English language learners, indicators that an elementary student is ready for success in high school, indicators that high school students are ready to succeed in a career or postsecondary studies, and high school graduation rates. For more information on the A-F Accountability System, including how letter grades are calculated, the process the State Board undertook to develop the system, and an FAQ, please review the items listed below.

Letter Grade System for K-8

Letter Grade System for 9-12

Arizona State Board of Education A-F Letter Grade Website

2017-2018 Letter Grades


Arizona Seal of Biliteracy Program

The Seal of Biliteracy is an award made by Catalina Foothills School District and the Arizona Department of Education to recognize graduating seniors who have attained proficiency in English and at least one other world language.

View information about the Seal of Biliteracy



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