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State Disbands AzMERIT; Focus Now Turns to ACTs

State Disbands AzMERIT; Focus Now Turns to ACTs

Nadine Loureiro and Jackie Rosales

September 21, 2018


Filed under News

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 cancelled. The feeling of shock and happiness seems to pierce everyone’s hearts, but leaves ...

Unsigned: AzMERIT’s lack of purpose leaves students frustrated

Precedent Staff

April 24, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Showcase

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 generation can remember, but what do the statewide tests do for students and teachers other...

School grading system ineffective for CUSD

School grading system ineffective for CUSD

Morgan Chung, Staff Reporter

December 18, 2017


Filed under Opinions

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 high school in the Chandler Unified School District (CUSD) has received a B grade, yet the distric...

Perry receives a B in preliminary school grades

Perry receives a B in preliminary school grades

Morgan Chung, Staff Reporter

December 18, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

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 a system called the A-F Letter Grades for Accountability, which is required by the Arizona Revised St...

AzMERIT now holds higher importance with changes

AzMERIT now holds higher importance with changes

Sawyer Del Fosse, Staff Reporter

February 7, 2017


Filed under News

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 of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching, or AzMERIT, has existed for less than two years but...

No time to get back into groove

Ian Graham, Reporter

February 7, 2017


Filed under Opinions

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 slowly crawling back into my mind, yet still distant enough for me to ease into the fourth quarter s...

AzMERIT will be one less stress

Ashley Scholz, Staff Reporter

February 7, 2017


Filed under Opinions

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 are distressed by the testing schedule. Many are going on wild spring break vacations, returning d...

AzMERIT is coming, but where will the seniors be?

AzMERIT is coming, but where will the seniors be?

Molly Ogden, Staff Reporter

March 24, 2016


Filed under Opinions

Fourth quarter is easily one of the most stressful quarters in a high schooler's life. What with final grades and final exams, along with graduation and planning for the future for seniors, students have much on their academic plate. Unfortunately, there is an elephant in the room as well: mandated testing....

Smith Discord: ‘Opt-out’ alternative never held merit in AZ

Smith Discord: ‘Opt-out’ alternative never held merit in AZ

Lucas Smith, Staff Reporter

November 6, 2015


Filed under Opinions

Can Arizonans opt out of state standardized tests? This is a question that has plagued families in our state for nearly a year, and now we have an answer, thanks to the state’s attorney general: no. Opting out is not an option, and according to Arizona law, it never was one. So where did the i...

Ariz. AG: It is illegal to opt-out of standardized tests

Sarah Campbell, Staff Reporter

November 6, 2015


Filed under News

Students will do everything they can to get out of a standardized test, and last year it was as easy as getting their parent’s signature on a piece of paper. The rumored option to opt-out of the newest standardized test, AzMERIT, led to a high number of students failing to take the test with their pa...

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