Upcoming events

  • For upcoming school board and employee benefit trust meetings check here.
  • Calvary Baptist Church is organizing the first annual Lake Havasu "Serve our Schools" Event for October 7th. This is a city-wide volunteer effort to benefit the public and charter schools in Lake Havasu with projects ranging from painting to drywall to landscaping and putting up fences. Click here for more information.

Accountability: A-F Grading System

October 6, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians:

AzMERIT is the state assessment for schools that measures students' knowledge in the content areas of English language arts (ELA) and mathematics in grades 3-8 and high school. Each AZMERIT test is aligned to Arizona's academic standards. AzMERIT was first administered in spring 2015. This assessment is designed to measure student’s proficiency in these subjects.  In addition, students in grades 4, 8, and 10 are assessed in Science using the AIMS test.

During the transition of the state assessment system from AIMS to AzMERIT, the A – F grading system for schools was suspended temporarily. The State Board of Education was charged with developing a new system to comply with state and federal requirements while using the opportunity to measure the quality of a school and its effectiveness across a broader range of measures.

Below is the information regarding our Letter Grades that have been assigned by the state of Arizona.  These grades are based on the 2016-17 school year assessments.

School Grade Percentage Range for Grade
Havasupai B 77.4% 74 - 85%
Jamaica B 77% 74 - 85%
Nautilus B 80% 74 - 85%
Oro Grande C 70% 62 - 73%
Smoketree B 78% 74 - 85%
Starline A 88% 86 - 100%
Thunderbolt F 47% 49% and below
Lake Havasu HS C 68% 56 - 70%

For our K-8 schools, their score is based primarily on assessment results- up to 90% if the school has a high number of English learners.

Middle school falls within the K-8 guidelines, which does impact those grades.  By 6th grade, students are “reading to learn” rather than “learning to read”.  In a growth model, the standards that are presented at each grade level become more difficult, whereas at the earlier grades, reading mastery and mathematical skills are still being honed, better for measuring growth. 

The 9-12 scores are based upon several factors.  60% of the high school grade is based upon assessment results.  The remaining 40% includes graduation rates and college and career readiness, which includes many indicators. It is important to note that the college and career readiness indicators are self reported, which may be a questionable variable when comparing high schools.
Each of our principals will be sharing information specific to their site’s results. 

During 2017-18, our schools will be transitioning to the lastest revision of our state’s standards that were adopted in December 2016.  These newly revised standards will be assessed in spring 2019.  Information on the new standards and the new A – F Accountability system may be found on our district website. Click here to view these additional resources.

As expected, the grades are lower for many schools in this district as well as across the state. LHUSD will use our new letter grades as the new baseline for making improvements. We will continue to provide a world class education to all of our students. We ask that you consider how to support the increased expectations for all; students, teachers, and parents. We look forward to working with you and continuing our partnership.

Respectfully,

Diana M. Asseier
Superintendent
Lake Havasu Unified School District #1

State-Provided 1.06% Teacher Salary Increase

Meeting Notice (from ADE website) : During the Oct 17, 2017 Governing Board Meeting (6 p.m.), allocation of monies related to the intended 1.06% teacher salary increase pursuant to Laws 2017, Ch. 305, §33. will be reviewed.

Bond/override applied

Lake Havasu High School is excited to announce the addition of its first bus route. Due to the passage of the bond and override, LHHS will begin offering limited transportation services for students in grades 9-12. The first route will serve students who live on the Lake-side of Highway 95 from Mesquite north through the Desert Hills area. LHHS has contacted students who live in this area. If you are new to the area, moved, or were missed in the mailing; live in the new bussing boundaries; and are interested in transportation, please contact Robert Keirns at 928-505-6961. LHHS is looking forward to adding more busses in the future to serve more of the community.

First steps taken on school bond sales

UPDATE 4/13/17: The first round of school bonds have been sold. It is expected that money from the sales will be available May 11 so the district can start working on bond funded projects.

The Lake Havasu Unified Governing Board has approved the first round of school improvement bond sales to finance school repairs and improvements. The first round of sales will raise $16.9 million. Sale of a total $49,050,000 in bonds was approved by voters this past November.
More about the 3/14/17 board meeting. | More about the bond and override. | Related newspaper article.

Override applied

The Lake Havasu Unified Governing Board has approved an employee compensation package and a change in athletic fees for the 2017-18 school year. Thanks to voter approval of a budget override this past November, district employees will see an increase to their base pay, a longevity supplement based on years of service, and other financial benefits. The board also approved a reduction in the student athletic fee cap from $800 to $400 at the high school, and from $400 to $200 at the middle school.
Read more about the 2/21/17 board meeting. | Read more about the bond and override.

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