State will call kids who pass AzMERIT test ‘proficient’

| May 20, 2015

May 19, 2015 • azcentral

Arizona public school students this fall will get new descriptions to determine whether they are mastering academic standards, all centered on the word “proficient.”

The highest to lowest ranking is “highly proficient,” then “proficient,” “partially proficient” and “minimally proficient,” based on how well a student understands and applies academic skills.

The Arizona State Board of Education on Monday unanimously approved the new performance labels, which will be determined by student’s AzMERIT results based on the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards, or Common Core.

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The percentage of correct answers required by each of the new labels has not been set. The board is expected to set the so-called “cut-off scores” for each level this summer.

In previous years, Arizona students were deemed to have exceeded, met, approached or fallen far below the academic standards measured by the AIMS test.

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