2018-2019 Preliminary Letter Grades Released

The Arizona State Board of Education released preliminary letter grades for schools on October 31, following approval of the cut scores at its October 28 regular meeting. Cut scores are unchanged from the 2017-2018 school year. Schools wishing to appeal their grades have until November 15 to file an appeal.  The complete timeline for finalizing grades is on the board’s A-F Letter Grade page.

Schools that have received a “D” grade for two previous years are eligible to be deemed “F” schools this year, however an appeal may be filed to retain the “D” designation. If you wish to file a letter grade appeal, please pay careful attention to the A-F Appeals Policies and Procedures, as they allow for less leniency than in years past.

   AHCCCS Approves Evidence-Based Suicide Prevention Training

The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) has released the list of programs that qualify as “evidence based” for the purposes of provdiding required suicide prevention training under last session’s SB1468.

Under A.R.S. 15-120, districts must provide this training at least once every three years to all staff working with students in grades 6-12, beginning in SY2020-2021. AHCCCS has identified the following programs as compliant with the statute:

  • Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)
  •  Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • At-Risk for High School Educators (available online)
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid
  • Suicide Alertness for Everyone (safeTALK)
  • ACT on FACTS (available online)
  • More than Sad – Suicide Prevention Education for Teachers and Other School Personnel
  • Be a Link! Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training

Further information on these programs, FAQ, and additional resources are available on the AHCCCS website.