/ Modified aug 16, 2012 9:35 a.m.

State Rates Vail No. 1 School District in Arizona

12 elementary, middle schools earn 'A' grades for 2011-12 year

In an age increasing budget constraints public education has struggled to keep up with rigorous testing standards. However, the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) recently announced Vail School District as the top-rated, multi-school district in the State of Arizona. Vail School District received an "A" grade based upon the 2011-2012 school year. All twelve of Vail's elementary and middle schools also earned an "A" grade for the school year. In this segment we pay a visit to the Vail school district and talk to administrators about their success.

Charlie Fallavollita - Student, Vail School District Iris Bass - Math, Vail School District Debbie Hedgeteth - Assistant Superintendent, Vail School District (VIDEO: AZPM)

The Arizona Department of Education says Vail School District in suburban Tucson is the top-rated, multi-school district in the state.

Vail as a district received an "A" grade based on the 2011-2012 school year, and all 12 of Vail's elementary and middle schools earned an "A" grade for the school year.

Debbie Hedgepeth, Vail assistant superintendent of curriculum and professional development, began her career at Vail as a classroom teacher and she’s been part of the team leading the push to improve the district’s AIMS scores.

“I remember the first year we got the results back –they weren’t very good,” she says. “We were ranked about the middle of the pack for the Tucson area, and well below the state average.”

Hedgepeth says the low AIMS scores were a wakeup call and provided an opportunity to reassess the effectiveness of the curriculum.

Weekly principal meetings now help district leaders maintain an integrated schedule designed to maximize results on the state standard assessments.

Vail schools serve more than 10,000 students and employ more than 1,600 people. Administrators say the district is characterized by rapid growth as new neighborhoods continue to develop throughout southeast Tucson and Corona de Tucson.

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