Assessment & Accountability
Making Sense of Accountability, Assessment & ResearchThe state and the federal governments realize the importance of using multiple measures to evaluate schools. This is why all evaluations, in order to ensure accuracy and fairness, rely on multiple pieces of information and not a single unique data point. In addition to state and federal requirements for testing and accountability, schools and districts also strive to provide evidence of success through other measures. TUHSD’s also measure in a more detailed and more accessible manner the strengths and weaknesses of each student and each program. In the years ahead the district plans to broaden the program in order to provide more reliable information to students, parents, and teachers about student academic achievement.As a parent, consider using more than a single piece of information to make decisions about school effectiveness. Rather, use a wealth of information and data about school or district performance to make good decisions about your child’s future. It is our hope that this information will prove to be valuable in assisting you to determine the effectiveness of the schools in TUHSD and that it will provide a more complete picture of our district’s dedication to student achievement.
The Tempe Union High School District’s (TUHSD) Strategic Plan Goal #1 is “We will increase student achievement.” In compliance, TUHSD assesses its students yearly in reading, writing, mathematics, and science. The assessments test student comprehension of the Arizona State Standards in those subject areas. All data from the assessments are used to make programmatic, curricular, and instructional decisions with Goal #1 as our guiding force.