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Sophomore doing work while teachers inform on the upcoming AZmerit testing (Apr. 12-14).

State requires students’ intelligence be compared through stressful testing

Presley Plant, Staff Reporter April 22, 2021

Standardized testing: the measurement of knowledge, by giving students identical questions and grading them in a “standard” manner, making it possible to compare average and higher scores with insufficient...

AzM2 testing does not resolve issues within flawed state test

AzM2 testing does not resolve issues within flawed state test

Isabel Behrendt, Opinions Editor January 16, 2020

The topic of the ethics and usefulness behind standardized tests, where they be state-wide, or nationwide such as the ACT and SAT, has been a debatable topic for decades.  As students take these rigorous...

AzMERIT tests return as mandatory freshman tutoring sessions occur

Gavin Brennan, Staff Reporter September 23, 2019

The news everyone was waiting for: AzMERIT tests are back... Last school year the AzMERIT tests were taken out of the curriculum and got replaced with the ACT tests. Many students were very happy when...

English teacher Penny Snyder interacting with her students.

State Disbands AzMERIT; Focus Now Turns to ACTs

Nadine Loureiro and Jackie Rosales September 21, 2018

Testing week is always difficult, for students and teachers alike, but the unexpected has occurred, a new chapter has now been opened, or to be more specific, a new test booklet. AzMERIT is officially...

Unsigned: AzMERIT’s lack of purpose leaves students frustrated

Precedent Staff April 24, 2018

Each year as spring break comes to a close, the dreadful fourth quarter testing bonanza begins. Standardized tests have been apart of the Arizona educational system for as long as anyone in the post-millennial...

There is no distinction between STEM Scholar and Diploma.

School grading system ineffective for CUSD

Morgan Chung, Staff Reporter December 18, 2017

As schools were graded on their AzMERIT test scores this fall just like the students who took the tests in April, the scores received by many schools, including those in our district, came as a shock. Every...

Perry receives a B in preliminary school grades

Perry receives a B in preliminary school grades

Morgan Chung, Staff Reporter December 18, 2017

Students in K-12 education levels are graded on an A-F grading system. Schools within the state of Ariz. are also graded A-F, but things have changed just recently. Now schools are being graded by...

This year the AzMERIT will be taken the second day back from spring break.

AzMERIT now holds higher importance with changes

Sawyer Del Fosse, Staff Reporter February 7, 2017

In Nov. 2014, the Arizona State Board of Education elected to discard the Arizona Instrument for Measuring Standards (AIMS) test and adopt a new assessment known as the AzMERIT. The Arizona Measurement...

No time to get back into groove

Ian Graham, Reporter February 7, 2017

As my 6 a.m. alarm goes off on March 29, the first thing I hoped to be thinking about was an austere hot mocha and a blueberry muffin. Still recovering from a two and a half week break, school would be...

AzMERIT will be one less stress

Ashley Scholz , Staff Reporter February 7, 2017

Many of us students have heard that the dreaded AzMERIT test is coming to us as soon as the first week after spring break. To be exact, the date to look forward to is Mar. 29. It makes sense that students...

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