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ADE gives schools their report cards on Monday

By Valerie Cavazos. CREATED Aug 3, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) -- Students aren't the only ones to get grades -- so do the schools they attend. And Monday -- the Department of Education is releasing its annual school report cards to the public.

The Sunnyside District is hoping this year's improved Digital Advantage program -- that give free laptops to all high school students -- will give it an academic boost.

It's not easy achieving overnight success -- in education. Sunnyside District knows that first hand -- as it continues to build and fine-tune its Digital Advantage program.

"Academic data is a little bit harder right now because new tests -- we're honestly expecting this to help us with new sets of standards as we move forward," said Pam Betten of SUSD.

And the timing couldn't be better as all Arizona schools switch to Common Core curriculum. Sunnyside District is working to improve its grade, which has been a "C" the past two years.

Upgrades include -- a Sunnyside Learn page on all laptops --  "In here once the school year is up and running -- teachers will have their lesson plans and homework assignments," said Betten.

Giving Jessice Lopez, a senior, a chance to get ahead of the curve -- instead of behind it. " I think it's easier and much faster to get your work done," she said.

And when laptops fail -- computer technicians will be stationed on campuses throughout the school year to speed up repairs.

This is the last year that AIMS tests will be used as the basis for the letter grade system. It's going away -- to be replaced with the new college and career readiness test -- called PARCC.