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School Letter Grade

November 1, 2019


Dear Painted Sky Parents and Painted Sky Community,

Painted Sky Elementary School has been awarded the letter grade of A by Arizona Department of Education for the 2018–2019 school year!

Many thanks to our staff, students and parents for partnering together to grow and challenge our students!! This cannot be accomplished without remarkable effort of many people; we are thankful for a supportive district, motivated students, committed parents and our highly effective staff and teachers. Thank you to Mrs. Biallas-Odell for her leadership that contributed to this rating.

Painted Sky opened in August, 2000 and has consistently been rated as top performing since then. We look forward to continuing this tradition of academic rigor and excellence for many years to come, as we continue to partner with our Painted Sky families and community.



Bethany C. Papajohn, Principal


“Alone we can do so little; TOGETHER we can do so much.” ~ Helen Keller


Understanding How the Letter Grades are Calculated

The State of Arizona assigned letter grades for K-12 schools is based on a complex formula which examines four measures of school performance, weighted for grades K-8 as follows: 

Student Growth: Student growth on AzMERIT English Language Arts and Math in two categories: Student Growth Percentiles (compared to “like” performing peers) and Student Growth to Target


Student Proficiency: Student proficiency (passing) on AzMERIT English Language Arts, Math, and AIMS Science


English Language Learners’ growth and proficiency as measured by performance on AZELLA


Acceleration and Readiness Measures, which consists of several measures including chronic absenteeism and the improved growth of subgroups (economically disadvantaged, special education, etc.).