The Parker Unified School District has requested the following notice be placed in the Pioneer:
Informational Meetings Set
“Want to know more information regarding the latest achievement profile for Wallace Elementary, Wallace Junior High, and Le Pera Elementary? Come to the informational meetings being held at the following dates and times:
Le Pera Elementary: Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 5 p.m. at the Library
Wallace Junior High: Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the Dome
Wallace Elementary: Thursday, Feb. 27 at 5 p.m. in the Wallace Dome
The administration will review areas they have determined to be causes of the D label given to their individual schools by the Arizona Department of Education. The administration will also review their plans and action steps they are taking to correct the label.”
According to Superintendent Brad Sale, the Arizona Department of Education gives every school in the state a “letter” grade, A through F, based on how their students perform on the AzMerit test. This is based on one day of testing. For the schools listed above, this test was conducted in April 2019.
Sale said the same test is given to all students, and there could be a variety of factors as to why the schools on the list received a “D” grade. This could include socio-economic factors, as well as language and ethnic factors. He said they have not had the same sort of data provided to them from the AzMerit test that they did from the AIMS test.
Once the grade is awarded, Sale said the school principals are to create action plans to determine what caused the low grade and what can be done to improve it. They will need input from parents and others.
“We are going to do everything in our power to raise those grades,” he said.