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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 fourth 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 internal assessment measures such as classroom, grade level, and district common assessments. For example, the district uses cross-disciplinary performance tasks to evaluate  students' critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills, and the quality of programs in preparing students for postsecondary education.  We invite you to learn more about the variety of assessments our students take by reading the assessment report below.


CFSD Assessment Program

CFSD uses a variety of assessments to measure student learning and inform instruction. The link below is a summary report of CFSD's Assessment Program and test results with general inferences and/or conclusions about the data presented in the report.

View CFSD Assessment Program: CFSD 2019 Summary Report

AzM2: Statewide Achievement Test

AzM2 (previously titled AzMERIT) is the statewide achievement test for Arizona students. Students in grades 3-8 and grade 10  will take the the grade level AzM2 assessments 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.

CFSD State Testing Calendar

View CFSD's AzMERIT Math Scores

View CFSD's AzMERIT English Language Arts Scores

AzMERIT Scale Score Ranges

Arizona Department of Education AzM2 Information & Support Materials

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AIMS Science is a standards- and computer-based statewide assessment that measures student proficiency of the Arizona academic content standards in science. It meets federal requirements for student assessment. It is administered in the spring to students in Grades 4, 8, and high school.

View CFSD's AIMS Science Scores

AIMS Science Support Materials

College Work Readiness Assessment (CWRA+)

CFSD is the only public school district in Arizona that uses a national test to measure students' higher-order skills such as critical thinking and written communication to evaluate the effectiveness of programs and preparation for college and the workplace.  Our high school juniors, on average, consistently out-perform other juniors and seniors at participating high schools and college freshmen who participate in a similar test at the collegiate level.  Freshmen and junior results provide longitudinal data at the high school - actual freshmen to junior gains by cohort.  Freshmen results also help us evaluate programs at K-8.

CWRA+ Evidence & Research Base

Civics Test

In 2015, the Arizona legislature passed the Arizona Civics Test Law.  A.R.S. 15-701.01 requires students 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. Catalina Foothills High School administers the Civics Test to juniors. Juniors who pass the civics test do not need to take the test again.

• 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.

The Civics Test administration dates for 2020-2021 are as follows:

• Juniors & Seniors: Week of February 22-24, 2021 (retakes and for seniors who have not yet taken the civics test)

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

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 Accountability Plan for K-8

Letter Grade Accountability Plan for 9-12

Arizona State Board of Education A-F Letter Grade Website

2018-2019 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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