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Tolleson Union
High School District

School Improvement

Providing higher levels of learning for all students is an ongoing quest for Tolleson Union High School District. Since the needs of students are always changing, and the sociopolitical environment influences the definition of higher levels of learning, a systematic approach for organizational change is needed. In response to the aforementioned issues, TUHSD engages in an annual cycle of continuous improvement. The process used by the schools/district is an adapted version of Deming’s Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle. This proven method for organizational improvement will help ensure higher levels of learning for the students entrusted to the care of Tolleson Union High School District.

Impact of School Improvement Efforts

Tolleson Union High School District is proud to announce the achievement of a significant milestone regarding the new A-F AZLearns label. The Arizona Department of Education labels schools and districts based on the diverse indicators of student achievement. Tolleson Union High School District students were awarded a “B” label, because the students served by the TUHSD schools achieved above average marks on multiple indicators. This label was awarded in part because the academic growth experienced by the students was several points above average. Visit the Arizona Department of Education for in-depth explanations of the new labels.

    Parent Involvement

    It is widely acknowledged that collaborative dialogue between parents, teachers, community members, students, and school leaders is a critical component in the design of optimal education systems. The challenge, however, is finding a forum that meets the needs of all stakeholder groups. One approach used to support parent involvement at TUHSD is regularly scheduled meetings at each school throughout the year to share information that enables parents to help their children improve reading and math skills. The focus of collaboration is to design and implement a program to meet the educational needs of each child.

    Tolleson Union High School District supports parent involvement because:

    • Involved parents motivate children.
    • Parents can support learning in the home.
    • Early skills acquired at home provide the foundation of learning.
    • Parents help increase public understanding and support for school programs.
    • Children develop positive attitudes about learning with involved, understanding, and supportive parents.

    Input Sought

    Input into the development of a school/district continuous improvement plan historically was only sought from a limited number of leaders within a district or school. Moving past traditional practice, Tolleson Union High School District utilizes teacher, parent, student, and community input in the development of the plans through parent nights, survey data, etc. However, the students of Tolleson Union High School District deserve more than "historical" approaches to improvement.

    We invite you to utilize this web page as the forum for sparking deeper levels of stakeholder engagement. We would appreciate your review of the current continuous improvement plans and your participation in the development of future plans. On this page, you will find the current plans, letters explaining district/school performance issues, and a link to a Parent CIP Input form. Furthermore, if you are interested in participating in the development of future plans, please use the feedback form or share your contact information with the school principal. The reward for partnering together will be student success achieved today and in the future.

    School Improvement: Supplemental Education Services and School Choice

    School Improvement is the status applied to Title I schools that have not met the State's definition of "Adequate Yearly Progress" (AYP) for two consecutive years.

    Adequate Yearly Progress is the state's measure of yearly progress toward achieving state academic standards as established in NCLB/ESEA. AYP is the minimum level of improvement that states, school districts, and schools must achieve each year. As outlined in the U.S. Department of Education Guidance, Supplemental Education Services (SES) and School Choice are two strategies being used to improve student achievement.

    On the right you will find more information and forms regarding SES and School Choice.