Tag: AzMERIT

Education is a top issue for Ariz. voters, survey shows. See more local education news here

| January 15, 2019
Education is a top issue for Ariz. voters, survey shows. See more local education news here

For the fourth year in a row, Arizona voters have ranked education the top issue facing the state of Arizona, according to an annual survey conducted by Expect More Arizona, a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan education advocacy group.

Among other state issues, such as immigration and border issues, taxes and healthcare, education earned the top ranking of the 600 statewide voters surveyed.

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AzMERIT scores rise in Ash Fork and Williams

| September 19, 2018
AzMERIT scores rise in Ash Fork and Williams

Each year, Arizona students in third through eleventh grade take the AzMERIT standardized test. Although not required for graduation or promotion, passing scores are used as a measure by administrators for school performance and in some cases as a marker for prospective parents seeking schools.

The majority of Arizona students performed poorly this year with just 41 percent of Arizona students receiving passing grades, and many northern Arizona schools were no exception. …

Williams High School made strides this year and surpassed the state average in both English and math. The results showed that 39 percent of students passed the English portion and 37 percent passed the math portion. The state average was 35 for math and 30 for English.

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Students’ AzMERIT results show steady growth for past four years. See related news here

| August 29, 2018
Students’ AzMERIT results show steady growth for past four years. See related news here

Arizona public school students’ proficiency levels statewide on the AzMERIT have shown steady growth over the past four years that the test has been given to measure students’ mastery of Arizona academic standards.

Third- through eighth-graders take grade level assessments in English/language arts and mathematics, while high school students take end of course assessments to test their proficiency in the English and math courses they take. Students who score proficient or higher are considered to have passed AzMERIT.

Yet 40 percent of Arizona students continue to score “minimally proficient,” the lowest performance level.

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AzMERIT test could be replaced with selection of state-approved tests. See related news here

| August 22, 2018
AzMERIT test could be replaced with selection of state-approved tests. See related news here

Instead of just one statewide test, Arizona’s public schools may soon be able to choose from a selection of state-approved tests to give their students.

That means the current AzMERIT statewide test may soon become a thing of the past.

This comes after the Arizona State Board of Education voted to put together the list of approved tests as a result of recently-approved legislation.

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WUSD to offer incentives for AzMERIT teachers. See more education news here

| August 15, 2018
WUSD to offer incentives for AzMERIT teachers. See more education news here

As districts prepare for another school year, looming spring AzMERIT testing already has school administrators planning ahead.

Last year, the Arizona Department of Education returned to issuing A-F letter grades for schools, with the state’s AzMERIT standardized test results weighing heavily on those grades. 

Williams High School and Williams Elementary-Middle School received B grades.

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Race, income-based achievement gaps remain as Arizona kids make small gains on AzMerit. See related education news here

| August 7, 2018
Race, income-based achievement gaps remain as Arizona kids make small gains on AzMerit. See related education news here

Arizona public school children showed small gains on this year’s AzMerit tests, as the number of students passing the annual English and math test grew by one and two percentage points respectively.

Still, only 41 percent of students statewide passed either portion of the test, which was administered last school year.

AzMerit, like many standardized tests, has been criticized by scholars and policymakers as being overly reflective of a student’s socioeconomic status.

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FUSD asks for $75 million bond and override on November ballot. See more education news here

| August 7, 2018
FUSD asks for $75 million bond and override on November ballot. See more education news here

Voters will be asked to consider two local, school-related measures on the ballot in November, a school bond and the renewal of a budget override.

Together, the measures could provide the Flagstaff Unified School District continued and additional funding for the next five to six years, said FUSD superintendent Mike Penca.

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AzMERIT results: 56 percent of Arizona third-graders aren’t proficient in reading. See related stories here

| June 20, 2018
AzMERIT results: 56 percent of Arizona third-graders aren’t proficient in reading. See related stories here

After four years of Arizona students taking the consequential AzMERIT standardized test, reading and math scores have improved statewide across the board — though mostly by only small percentage points.

Preliminary 2018 AzMERIT results obtained by The Arizona Republic from the Arizona Department of Education show upticks in passage rates since 2015, when nearly two-thirds of Arizona students failed the reading and math portions of the test.

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Flagstaff teachers pan Ducey plan as walkout vote begins. See more education news here

| April 18, 2018
Flagstaff teachers pan Ducey plan as walkout vote begins. See more education news here

Teachers in Flagstaff Unified School District and Flagstaff charter schools are voting with their cohorts across the state on whether they will walk out in support of more funding for education in the state.

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Prescott 8th-graders’ math scores are down; district doubles efforts

| October 11, 2017
Prescott 8th-graders’ math scores are down; district doubles efforts

For the second year in a row, Mile High Middle School eighth-graders’ scores on the AzMerit standardized math exam were less than stellar.

Only about 9 percent of those who took the test — about 62 percent of the class of 325 students — scored at proficiency level.

“That’s a little bit of a downer,” said Prescott Unified School District Governing Board member Maureen Erickson about the scores.

Assistant Schools Superintendent Mardi Read offered a highlight of the AzMerit test scores at the PUSD board meeting on (Oct. 3). The test scores students from third through 11th grade in language arts and math.

For the most part, Prescott’s students continue to score above the state average; no third-graders will be retained because they did not reach proficiency in reading, Read said. But eighth-grade math for the pre-Algebra or basic math students has proved something of a “conundrum,” she admitted.

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