ARIZONA NEWS

Arizona to mull new averages after students bomb state standards test

Aug 11, 2015, 6:15 AM

(AP Photo/Eric Gay) Follow @KTAR923...

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

PHOENIX — The Arizona Department of Education will reconsider what it deems an acceptable score after students performed poorly on a new state standards test.

Less than half of Arizona students were considered proficient in two key subjects — English language arts and math — by the Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching test. Dubbed AzMERIT for short, it took the place of the beleaguered AIMS test dropped by lawmakers in 2014.

While parents may be eager to point out their child met the AIMS standards before falling below AzMERIT’s, Charles Tack with the Department of Education said the new test is a whole new beast compared to its predecessor.

“The (AzMERIT) test itself and the standards that it is testing are more rigorous than the previous AIMS test,” he said.

“The AIMS test was really measuring a minimum of what students needed at a particular level and it was perhaps inflating the scores. Now we’re going to have a more realistic set of expectations.”

While students fared poorly in AzMERIT’s debut, Tack said the department was more concerned with how students handled it compared to the results.

“Whenever you administer a new test, you have to go through this process of setting these scores,” he said.

The state school board will meet Friday to discuss the results and possibly propose new proficiency levels more in tune with Arizona students. Tack said parents are welcome to attend the 9 a.m. meeting and voice their concerns.

The board may have used the debut as a sort of litmus test, but Tack said members are well aware of the long road ahead.

“We know we have a lot of work to do,” he said.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Arizona election worker threatened by California man, officials say...

KTAR.com

California man arrested for sending threatening voicemails to Arizona elections official

A California man allegedly sent threatening voicemails to an Arizona election worker in November 2022, the Justice Department said.

1 hour ago

14th annual Dog Days of Glendale event 2024...

Serena O'Sullivan

Annual Dog Days of Glendale festival returns this weekend

The 14th annual Dog Days of Glendale event will take place at Glendale Landmark School on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

1 hour ago

How the Business Connect program will help Lauren Allen catering...

Serena O'Sullivan

Phoenix catering company to benefit from NFL’s Business Connect program ahead of Final Four

Lauren Allen, a catering and event company, will benefit from the NFL's Business Connect program, which returned in January.

1 hour ago

Tables with balloons and displays are set up Arizona State Fairgrounds Exhibit Building before the ...

Kevin Stone

Attention shoppers: Junior League of Phoenix Rummage Sale returns to Arizona State Fairgrounds

The Junior League of Phoenix’s Annual Rummage Sale -- aka "Arizona's largest indoor garage sale" -- returns to the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix on Saturday.

2 hours ago

Roberto Jay Vasquez, 63, went missing on Wednesday, DPS said...

Serena O'Sullivan

Silver Alert issued for missing 63-year-old man last seen walking in Phoenix

The Arizona Department of Public Safety issued a Silver Alert on Thursday evening for Roberto Jay Vasquez, 63, who was last seen Wednesday.

9 hours ago

Follow @KTAR923...

Sponsored Content by Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinics: transforming health care in the valley

Midwestern University, long a fixture of comprehensive health care education in the West Valley, is also a recognized leader in community health care.

Sponsored Articles

...

Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinics: transforming health care in the valley

Midwestern University, long a fixture of comprehensive health care education in the West Valley, is also a recognized leader in community health care.

...

DISC Desert Institute for Spine Care

Sciatica pain is treatable but surgery may be required

Sciatica pain is one of the most common ailments a person can face, and if not taken seriously, it could become one of the most harmful.

...

Canvas Annuity

Interest rates may have peaked. Should you buy a CD, high-yield savings account, or a fixed annuity?

Interest rates are the highest they’ve been in decades, and it looks like the Fed has paused hikes. This may be the best time to lock in rates for long-term, low-risk financial products like fixed annuities.

Arizona to mull new averages after students bomb state standards test