A message from the Director of Assessment
Thank you for your interest in Mesa Public Schools. I know that choosing a school for your child is a very important decision. I hope the attached materials will make this an easier task.
We do not rank our schools according to test scores or other factors because no one ranking can fully reflect the complete picture of a school. Each family must consider what is most important. To help you make your choice we have written the handout entitled, "How to Pick Your Child's School." This handout will help you consider many aspects of the school – you can then judge what is most important to you.
In addition, I have also included the most recent norm-referenced and state test scores. Mesa Public Schools tracks students' academic growth over time. We have found that in both schools with high average scores and schools with low average scores, students who stayed in Mesa Schools for a full year had similar high levels of academic growth. In other words, no matter what the school average, students are showing comparable academic growth in all our schools. For this reason, I would recommend that you not make your decision based on the average school scores alone.
If you have access to the internet, I would recommend visiting the Mesa Public Schools Parents' Choice webpage where you will find a great deal of information about our schools and district.
If I can answer any questions concerning this information, please call me at (480) 472-0242 or email me at email@example.com.
Cindy Bochna, PhD
Director of Assessment
Test scores provide important information about the achievement of students in a school or district. We caution, however, against using standardized test scores as the only measure to determine the “best” school for your child, since using test scores as the primary selection method may cause elimination of schools that could better meet the unique needs of your child.
A-F Accountability Letter Grades
Information from the Arizona State Board of Education regarding the newly adopted Accountability Plan effective for the 2016-17 school year.