By November 16, 2016

AzMerit Scores Up Slightly: Area Schools Compared


By Karen Goveia — Scores on AzMERIT rose for most area schools in 2016 compared to 2015, the first year of the test. The statewide average also inched up, yet less than 40 percent of the state’s students passed language arts and math.

All but two area schools performed above the state average in 2016. Notably, performance was up in five of the six area charter schools, with Ridgeline Academy logging a 30-percent improvement over 2015 scores.

In DVUSD, all area schools saw an increase in scores. DVUSD Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum Gayle Galligan attributed much of the success to professional development geared toward the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards.

“This support can be seen in the great growth with sixth grade math, where we targeted professional learning for all math teachers. …Twenty-seven of the 28 K–6, K–8 schools showed increases in sixth grade math [ranging] from 1 percent to 41 percent.”

The test (Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching) is administered each spring to students in grades 3–12. Results are released each fall.

Related: Student Body Shift: More Kids at Charter Schools

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