Tuba City Primary School moves to B rating from C after AIMS testing

Tuba City Primary earned a B rating from the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards this year. At a recent Tuba City Unified School District Governing Board meeting, several third grade students were recognized for their outstanding achievement. Back row from left:  Governing Board  members Judy Begay and Lee Tsinigine, Superintendent Harold G. Begay and Governing Board  members Willie LongReed and Mary Worker.  Middle Row from left: Principal Sharlene Navaho and primary teachers Ms. Tsinigine, Ms. Holliday, Ms. Mortiz. Students: Lillie Chief, Griffin Yellowman, Nanaabah Yellowman, Allan Hudson, Jacelyn Tallsalt, Mardell Nez, Marie Bilagody, Uriah Salaba, Loren Goldtooth, Raylon Salaba, Robert McCloskey and Nathaniel Fulton, Jr. Photo/Rosanda Suetopka

Tuba City Primary earned a B rating from the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards this year. At a recent Tuba City Unified School District Governing Board meeting, several third grade students were recognized for their outstanding achievement. Back row from left: Governing Board members Judy Begay and Lee Tsinigine, Superintendent Harold G. Begay and Governing Board members Willie LongReed and Mary Worker. Middle Row from left: Principal Sharlene Navaho and primary teachers Ms. Tsinigine, Ms. Holliday, Ms. Mortiz. Students: Lillie Chief, Griffin Yellowman, Nanaabah Yellowman, Allan Hudson, Jacelyn Tallsalt, Mardell Nez, Marie Bilagody, Uriah Salaba, Loren Goldtooth, Raylon Salaba, Robert McCloskey and Nathaniel Fulton, Jr. Photo/Rosanda Suetopka

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - Tuba City Primary School moved from a C rating to a B after this year's Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) testing.

Tuba City Primary Principal Sharlene Navaho informed the Tuba City Unified School District Governing Board last week of the upgrade. The rating is based on third grade AIMS scores in the areas of reading and math.

Third grade students Lillie Chief, Jacelyn Tallsalt and Robert McCloskey boosted the overall academic AIMS success of their school by improving past the state benchmark moving into an excellence category in reading and math.

The governing board, Navaho and some of the school's teachers praised several of the excelling students who either met or exceeding the AIMS standards during a special recognition moment at the school board meeting.

"It's really all our student scores that have contributed to this new overall B grade rating for TC Primary," Navaho told the board members. "The B rating is based on all third grade AIMS scores and also the number of students that have met or exceeded the AIMS overall growth of all primary students and also the growth of the bottom 25 percent of students. Our teachers must analyze data all school year and they must also identify students with the lowest scores on formatives and benchmark assessments and provide academic support for them. If students are needing help, then we offer after-school tutoring as well as Saturday School and additional support through what we call "re-teach" and also enrichment modeling during the school day."

Superintendent Dr. Harold Begay commended the school for the achievement.

"It's our overall district goal to have zero students in the what is called the Falls Far Below category this year in all of our seven schools and this new B rating for TC Primary is a positive step in that direction," he said. "I am extremely proud of our staff and our students for reaching this goal."

Principal Navaho went on to say it was a collaborative effort that went into achieving the upgrade.

"This new B rating accomplishment can be attributed to the hard work of our young primary students, their supportive parents and the daily work of their dedicated teachers," she said.

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