TUCSON, Ariz. - AZMerit Scores: TUSD superintendent Gabriel Trujillo says the district made "significant progress" in 2017/18 school year.
Arizona Department of Education has released district and grade level performances. The test is administered in grades 3-11 and consists of a Math and ELA (English Language Arts) portion.
From the 2016/17 to 2017/18 school year, Trujillo says the district showed "great gains" -- most notably in 5th grade. The percentage of students passing rose from 32% to 37% -- a jump of 5%. At the high schools, Trujillo cites "significant improvement" in 9th, 10th and 11th grades -- the increases averaging about 5 percent in one school year.
From 2016/2017 to 2017/18
ELA 9th | 26% to 31% - a 5% increase 10th | 24% to 28% - a 4% increase 11th | 21% to 26% - a 4% increase
MATH 3rd | 39% to 43% - a 4% increase 8th | 13% to 21% - a 8% increase Geometry | 22% to 27% - a 5% increase Algebra 2 | 17% to 22% - a 5% increase
Trujillo listed the problematic grades -- those that saw a decrease in the percentage passing.
6th | 26% to 23% - a 3% decrease
MATH 5th | 38% to 37% - a 1% decrease
Trujillo says there's still "much work to be done", but he's very confident that the "academic ship is pointing in the right direction". Trujillo says he's working on compiling detailed data so the community can see the performance of each of the 89 schools.
AzMERIT scores are divided into four performance levels: Highly proficient
A student "passes" if they score at proficient or above.