The Arizona Department of Education released the final results for the AzMERIT assessment of the 2015-16 school year.
In the Peoria Unified School District, 39 percent passed the English Language Arts portion of the test and 44 percent passed the math portion, according to final numbers from the Arizona Department of Education.
This is a report of the combined student performance results from the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters.
In June, the Arizona Department of Education released preliminary numbers with 41 percent passing the English language arts portion and 40 percent passing the math portion.
“The results that were released earlier this year were the results from Spring AzMERIT only ... At that time we did not have in our possession a file that contained the Fall AzMERIT results combined with the Spring AzMERIT results,” PUSD Spokeswoman Erin Dunsey said. “That accounts for the difference.”
In 2014, The Arizona State Board of Education adopted the AzMERIT testing instrument to replace AIMS.
Ms. Dunsey said the bar has raised with the new AzMERIT assessment tool.
“Peoria Unified is still in alignment with our peer districts in proficiency,” she said. “Please keep in mind that teachers have multiple ways to measure student learning, and AzMERIT is just one of those tools. This is still a relatively new assessment to measure the new, more rigorous standards.”
Charles Tack, a spokesman for the Arizona Department of Education, said the preliminary scores, which were statewide only, and the final scores are very similar, but the final scores reflect a series of steps taken to ensure the test records associated with a given student match that student’s enrollment records.
“So, you will not usually see many large moves at the district level, but if they occur it could have been a result of, for example, students being miscoded on a test form,” he said. “These changes should not have an impact on individual student scores because only the aggregated scores at different levels are impacted when adjustments are made.”