Grade enhancement plan

In the 2017-18 school year, Mesa Public Schools launched a grade enhancement plan that offers students in seventh to 12th grade who earn "proficient" or "highly proficient" on AzMERIT or "meets" or "exceeds" on the science AIMS assessment the opportunity to increase their course grade one letter grade if they meet the criteria listed below.

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This applies to eligible students who are enrolled in a district course beginning in the 2017-18 school year for which there is an AzMERIT or AIMS assessment aligned.

AzMERIT grade enhancement

  • Students who earn "proficient" will increase their semester grades by one letter grade up to a B.
  • Students who earn "highly proficient" will increase their semester grades by one letter grade up to an A. 
  • Students can only benefit from this; their semester grades cannot be lowered. 

AzMERIT tested courses

Junior high school:

  • ELA 07 - English Language Arts 7
  • ELA 08 - English Language Arts 8
  • ELA 15 - Honors English Language Arts 7
  • ELA 16 - Honors English Language Arts 8
  • ELD 11 - Introduction to English Grammar I
  • ELD 21 - Introduction to English Grammar II
  • MA07 - Math 7
  • MA08 - Pre-Algebra
  • MA10 - Accelerated Pre-Algebra (first semester only)

High school:

  • EN 09 - Freshman English
  • EN 19 - Freshman Essentials of English
  • EN 26 - IB MYP Freshman English
  • EN 27 - Honors Freshman English
  • EN 35 - Honors Sophomore English
  • EN 37 - Junior Essentials of English
  • EN 38 - Sophomore Essentials of English
  • EN 47 - Sophomore English
  • EN 48 - Junior English
  • EN 58 - Honors American History & Literature
  • EN 65 - IB MYP Sophomore English
  • EN 66 - IB Literature and Performance Standard Level I
  • EN 70 - AP English Language & Composition
  • EN 91 - IB English Higher Level I
  • ELD 11 - Introduction to English Grammar I
  • ELD 21 - Introduction to English Grammar II
  • MA27 - Algebra I
  • MA30 - Geometry
  • MA32 - Honors Geometry
  • MA40 - Algebra II
  • MA41- Honors Algebra II

AIMS grade enhancement

  • Students who earn "meets" will increase their semester grades by one letter grade up to a B.
  • Students who earn "exceeds" will increase their semester grades by one letter grade up to an A. 
  • Students can only benefit from this; their semester grades can not be lowered.

AIMS tested courses

Junior high school:

  • SC08 - Integrated Science II
  • SC 20 - Honors 8th Grade Science

High school:

  • SC49 - Biology
  • SC45 - Honors Biology
  • SC46 - AP Biology
  • AG30 - Applied Biological Systems

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Frequently asked questions

Q: Why is Mesa Public Schools offering this grade enhancement plan?
A: The grade enhancement plan is aligned with best practices for grading. It has potential to motivate students to engage in their learning and performance on state assessments while improving student outcomes. With its focus on student achievement and learning, the grade enhancement plan supports the district's Pathways to Excellence.

Q: Will my child's grade be affected if they score below "proficient" or "meets standards"?
A. No. Students' semester grades will not be lowered based on their AzMERIT or AIMS assessment outcomes.

Q: When will students know if their grades have been changed?
A: Parents and students will be informed of grade changes as a result of assessment scores after their course has ended. After the district receives assessment scores from the state, grades for tested courses will be cross referenced to each student's score. Students who have met the grade enhancement plan criteria will see their grades improved. Updated grades will be available to parents and students through Synergy. The report card will be found in both ParentVUE and StudentVUE.

Q: My child is a senior. When will we find out if they have benefited from the grade enhancement plan?
A: Graduating seniors will receive priority processing of report cards and transcripts upon receipt of assessment scores from the state of Arizona.

Q: Why does the grade enhancement plan only apply to the first semester of MA10?
A: MA10 is a unique model that combines seventh- and eighth-grade math standards in one year, with an emphasis on seventh grade in the first semester. At the end of the school year, MA10 students will take the seventh-grade AzMERIT assessment only.