The Arizona Department of Education has published the results of the statewide AzMERIT assessments conducted during the 2017-18 school year. Individual student scores have also been released to schools to distribute to parents.
Tanque Verde USD parents either have received or will receive their child(ren)’s AzMERIT results from their individual school(s), either at Schedule or Packet Pick-up, Open House, or Meet the Teacher. Student results which are not picked up will be mailed to their homes. If a student is not returning to the school where they took the AzMERIT assessment, their results will be mailed to the address on record.
District and school results were also released by the Arizona Dept. of Education, and were published this week by the Arizona Republic in a searchable database.
Overall, the Tanque Verde Unified School District compares well to other Pima County school districts. However, the district sees room for improvement.
“Looking at our scores, we see opportunities where improvements can be made. We are focusing on those areas where we feel the work we are doing will have the greatest impact and positive results for our students,” noted district Superintendent, Dr. Scott Hagerman.
Where issues have been identified, school leaders are working on improvement plans, and teaching staff are working in focused professional learning groups (PLCs) which are assessing student achievement and adjusting instruction based on student performance.
2018 AzMERIT Results
Tanque Verde USD
AzMERIT assessments were administered Spring 2018 to students in grades 3-11 in ELA/Reading and math. Scores are divided into four performance levels: "minimally proficient," partially proficient," "proficient" and "highly proficient." A student earns a "passing score" if they score at proficient or above.
The AzMERIT is considered a “high stakes” assessment because statewide school letter-grade rankings are based largely on overall school performance results.
The Arizona State Board of Education finalized the Accountability Plan for the 2017 A-F School Letter Grades at their May 21, 2018 Board Meeting. Several changes were implemented after the Board received public input and the results of a review by data experts.
Tanque Verde district schools received the following revised grades from the Arizona Department of Education:
Tanque Verde High School - Grade “A”
Emily Gray Jr. High School - Grade “C”
Agua Caliente Elementary School - Grade “B”
Tanque Verde Elementary School - Grade “B”
As of the 2018-19 school year, AzMERIT testing is no longer the required assessment for high school students. School districts may select from a state provided “menu of assessments,” in lieu of the statewide AzMERIT assessment. With input from the Tanque Verde High School Site Council, Tanque Verde Unified School District has selected the SAT as the designated assessment for students at Tanque Verde High School. The SAT was selected as it is widely accepted for college entrance applications, and it affords students the opportunity to qualify for National Merit Scholarships. The chosen assessment must be administered for three consecutive academic years.
For more detailed information about AzMERIT assessment results, please see: https://www.azed.gov/assessment/azmerit/
For more detailed information about A-F School Report Cards, please see: https://azsbe.az.gov/f-school-letter-grades
For more detailed information about the SAT, please see: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat