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AzMERIT results show improvement, but Arizona schools still lag

There’s good news and bad news in the most recent results from AzMERIT, the annual statewide test that measures how students are performing in English language arts and math. The good news: Arizona students did better in 2016 than in 2015, the first year of AzMERIT, when nearly two-thirds of students in grades 3 through […]

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What parents should know about the next AzMERIT test

AzMERIT test

Sara Keast, a fifth-grader at Heritage Elementary School in Glendale, is a little bit nervous about taking the upcoming AzMERIT test—Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching. “Last year the questions were harder than AIMS—harder than I expected,” she says. But she also feels more prepared for her second attempt and is confident she’ll […]

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Arizona students to take new SAT in March

new SAT, Xavier College Preparatory

“It’s possible to get a perfect score, so I’m going to try,” says Maeve McIntyre, a 16-year-old junior at Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix. Other high school students taking the SAT—or Scholastic Assessment Test—may not have the same high expectations, but they all share the same goal: to perform well on the standardized test used […]

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April means AzMERIT testing

This month, Arizona students in grades three through 12 will be tested on English language arts and math as part of a new statewide student achievement test. AzMERIT (Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching) replaces AIMS (Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards). The new test is designed to assess whether the state’s K-12 students […]

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AzMERIT preparation – Trying the sample tests

AzMERIT, 5th grade, sample test

In April, Arizona students in grades three through 12 will be tested on English language arts and math as part of the new AzMERIT (Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching) standardized test. The test replaces AIMS (Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards). One way to help children feel prepared is to have them review […]

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Arizona students must pass new civics test

civics test, Arizona, Doug Ducey

Is your child a sophomore in high school or younger? Beginning with the class of 2017, Arizona students will be required to pass a new civics test to qualify for high school graduation. On Jan. 15, Gov. Doug Ducey signed the controversial American Civics Act into law. The act requires Arizona students to pass a civics test with […]

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School funding lawsuit pending against state

The Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest (ACLPI) and its executive director, Tim Hogan, plan to file a school funding lawsuit against the State of Arizona on behalf of school districts and taxpayers. The lawsuit will claim that the state’s current school finance system is unconstitutional because it fails to provide adequate capital […]

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Reactions to the new AzMERIT test

AZ Teacher of the Year, Martorelli, AzMERIT

In 2015, the AzMERIT (Arizona Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching) test will replace the AIMS (Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards) test to assess whether Arizona K-12 students are learning what is needed to prepare them for college and careers. Here’s what some Valley teachers, administrators and parents are saying about the new test: […]

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What parents need to know about AzMERIT

AzMERIT, AIMS, standardized testing, Arizona, education, Expect More Arizona

Remember that week every spring? That week when your kids must be well rested, well nourished and can’t miss school? Standardized testing is here to stay. But in 2015, Arizona students will take a new statewide student achievement test. AzMERIT (Arizona Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching) will replace AIMS (Arizona’s Instrument to Measure […]

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Taming fires: Teaching students through teamwork

Philip Bonds knows a thing or two about safety. Early in his career, Bonds became a school principal in a remote school district in the mountains of northwestern Colorado. He encountered aggressive teenagers, death threats and overwhelmed teachers. During his summer break, he fought wildfires. On the surface, the two jobs might seem unrelated and […]

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