On Oct. 7, the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) released the 2018-19 statewide assessment results for Arizona public school students in grades 3 through 12.
The results highlight how many students passed the fall 2018 and spring 2019 AzMERIT tests, as well as other tests in the statewide Menu Assessment.
In an emailed statement, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman said she was “pleased to announce that our students have improved in 13 of the 22 grade-level and test categories.
“While assessment scores can always be increased, I would like to extend my congratulations to all of our educators and students for their improvement,” Hoffman said.
Students in grades 3 through 8 take an assessment in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics at their grade level.
Those taking high school level English and math take “End-of-Course” assessments that test proficiency in those subjects.
Overall, 41% of the 760,964 students who were tested on ELA passed. And of 748,178 students who took a mathematics assessment, 41% passed.
According to a comparison analysis by the ADE, when compared to the prior year, statewide assessment results show an increase in passing across both the ELA and mathematics subject areas.
In the area of English language arts (ELA), all grade levels 3 through 11 experienced an increase in passing, except grades 7, 8 and 9. The passing level for high school students who took the ACT ELA, which was administered in Fiscal Year 2019 as part of the Menu of Assessments, was 29%.
The SAT ELA was also added to the Menu of Assessments in Fiscal Year 2019. Of the high school students who took the SAT ELA, 73% passed.
In mathematics, statewide percent passing decreased for grades 3, 5 and 6, while it either remained the same or increased for all of the eighth-grade test levels, including algebra and geometry.
The percent passing for high school t algebra increased by at least 4%, while geometry experienced a 1% increase.
Overall, 33% of high school students who took the ACT mathematics passed in Fiscal Year 2019. But 80% passed the SAT mathematics assessment. Because both assessments were administered in Fiscal Year 2019 as part of the Menu of Assessments, no prior-year comparison data exists.
The ADE also broke down assessment results by grade level, subgroup, ethnicity and school districts.
In the Glendale Elementary School District, 27% of students passed the ELA tests 33% passed the math assessments. District schools include Don Mensendick, Glendale Landmark, Glendale American and Desert Garden.
At Glendale Union High School District, 37% of the high school students tested had passing scores on the ELA tests and 45% passed the math assessments.
At Peoria Unified School District, which includes several schools in Glendale, more than 26,000 students took assessments with 42% getting passing scores on ELA and 49% passing standards on math.