Tag: AzMERIT

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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AzMERIT scores released for area (Williams, Main Consolidated, Grand Canyon) schools. See more education stories here

| September 27, 2017
AzMERIT scores released for area (Williams, Main Consolidated, Grand Canyon) schools. See more education stories here

The Arizona Department of Education released the final AzMERIT statewide assessment for all Arizona schools to the public Sept. 6.

Williams Unified School District (WUSD) showed improvement over previous year scores in some grade levels and some losses in others.

WUSD students were above the state average passing rates for fourth grade English, fifth grade math, eighth grade English, ninth grade English and 10th grade math.

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Students and schools to get state progress reports in September

| July 26, 2017
Students and schools to get state progress reports in September

AzMERIT scores were released to schools earlier this summer, but the real discussion will start when parents receive their children’s individual score reports nearly a month after this school year starts.

Schools received student results through the online reporting system on May 25 and paper reports on June 20, but parents will receive their children’s individual score reports in September.

Over the past three years of AzMERIT, students have shown gradual improvement on this assessment of state math and language arts standards, yet many students continue to score “minimally proficient,” the lowest performance level, according to a recent article in The Arizona Republic.

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AzCentral Our View: AzMERIT scores aren’t great, but don’t freak out yet. Please see related stories

| July 19, 2017
AzCentral Our View: AzMERIT scores aren’t great, but don’t freak out yet. Please see related stories

Learning is a process. So is improving Arizona’s public education system.

That’s how Arizonans should view the unofficial statewide results that show continual – but gradual – improvement in AzMERIT test scores.

The results aren’t stellar. They don’t show dramatic gains. In fact, they are another reminder of the need to support public education.

But three years into testing based on tougher new academic standards, these unofficial results are in keeping with expectations. Experts told us this was going to take patience.

Arizona has committed time and resources to this process. We have to stick with it.

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Flagstaff AzMERIT scores in the mail. See more education stories here

| July 19, 2017
Flagstaff AzMERIT scores in the mail. See more education stories here

Parents of Flagstaff Unified School District students will be getting AzMERIT assessment on their student in the mail soon.

The Flagstaff Unified School District Director of Research and Assessment Robert Hagstrom told the FUSD Governing Board Tuesday evening that some of the district’s school AzMERIT reports are starting to trickle in and student reports should be going out to parents before the end of the month. The official results are embargoed by the Arizona Department of Education from the general public and the media until the end of August, he said.

This is the first year that schools will be graded under the new A-F Accountability Plan. Arizona students have been taking the AzMERIT tests for the last three years but because the test is so new, the state has held off on the school grading portion.

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AzMerit scores to be released to parents

| July 19, 2017
AzMerit scores to be released to parents

Parents of Williams Unified School District students will get the AzMERIT assessment at student registration July 18-19 or by mail.

Williams Unified School District Superintendent Rick Honsinger advises that the district’s school AzMERIT reports are starting to trickle in and student reports are going out to parents. The official results are embargoed by the Arizona Department of Education from the general public and the media until the end of August, he said.

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Arizona AzMERIT scores show incremental gains ahead of new school letter grades

| July 12, 2017
Arizona AzMERIT scores show incremental gains ahead of new school letter grades

The majority of Arizona’s students are still underperforming on the AzMERIT standardized test, but unofficial statewide results obtained by The Arizona Republic show continual, gradual improvement since 2015, when students first took the exam.

Almost every grade level improved on the math and reading portions of AzMERIT during the 2016-17 school year by a handful of percentage points. It’s similar to the growth many educators and advocates mostly cheered when last year’s scores were released.

However, a large percentage continue to test in the exam’s lowest performance level of “minimally proficient,” a designation for students who are furthest away from mastering the state’s math and reading standards.

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Expect More Arizona’s FY18 Budget Priorities. Please see related stories

| April 5, 2017
Expect More Arizona’s FY18 Budget Priorities. Please see related stories

The state budgeting process for next fiscal year (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018) is currently underway. The Governor and the State Legislature allocate state resources based on estimated revenue collection. Once approved by both the House and the Senate, budget bills are sent to the Governor. The Governor may either sign the bills, let them go into effect without a signature, or veto the bills.

During the budget process, it’s good for elected leaders to hear from their constituents about what’s important. Expect More Arizona wants to ensure every child receives an excellent education, every step of the way and we’re working down at the Capitol to make sure Arizona’s leaders prioritize students and teachers. Here’s a look at our FY18 budget priorities.

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AzMerit scores show improvements for some rural schools

| October 5, 2016
AzMerit scores show improvements for some rural schools

Ash Fork High School and almost the entire Williams Unified School District made significant gains in student passing percentages on the 2016 AzMerit test when compared to the 2015 results. The Arizona Department of Education released the final AzMerit statewide assessment for all Arizona schools Sept. 16.

The 2015-2016 AzMerit results showed marked improvement over the first year of testing for many rural schools in the Williams-Grand Canyon area.

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School districts across Arizona see small – and large – victories in AzMERIT scores

| September 28, 2016
School districts across Arizona see small – and large – victories in AzMERIT scores

The second year of statewide AzMERIT results didn’t reveal many surprises for educators. Overall, scores for math and English language arts stayed steady for many grades, while some saw improvements. It’s too soon to draw any major conclusions from the 2016 results since this is only the second year Arizona schools have used the exam, but there are many bright spots to note among districts across the state, from Prescott to Safford and Somerton to Chandler.

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