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2019 AzMERIT/AIMS Testing at Prescott High School

by | Jan 28, 2019

Dear PHS Families,

We will soon approach the time of year for statewide standardized testing. In addition to being required by state law, these tests can be good measures of learning that is occurring throughout our state, district, and school, as well as with individual students. Additional information, including sample tests, can be found at THIS LINK.

The format of AzMERIT tests is challenging, going well beyond a traditional multiple choice format. Tests feature short answer, drop and drag, and requirements to explain thinking. Scaled scores across the state on AzMERIT tests have reflected this challenging format and the rigorous state standards. In fact, less than half of students statewide have met the “proficient” benchmark on these tests for the past four years. However, PHS students typically score above state averages in each testing area.

We want to make sure students can do their best work on test days. Here at school:

  • We will provide the best preparation we can for students throughout the year in each content area.
  • We’ve reduced the number of testing days at PHS to only six days. A modified schedule on testing days will provide for ample testing time of nearly 2 hours per class. See the schedule below.
  • Teachers will plan for reduced homework prior to test days, and for no other tests besides AzMERIT/AIMS for students testing. (Note that students take AzMERIT or AIMS tests in Biology, Intermediate Integrated Science, Grade 9-11 English classes, and most Math courses.)
  • PHS sports schedules have been modified to minimize testing disruptions.
  • We have implemented an incentive program for students to do their best on these tests.

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP YOUR CHILD PREPARE:

  • Please make sure your child is here at school on scheduled test days. We can administer make-up tests in case of illness, but make-up testing can be difficult and disruptive. Please do not schedule vacations or appointments on our 6 test days.
  • Please be sure your child gets a good night’s sleep before each test day. This can have a major positive impact on their ability to show what they have learned. Eat a healthy breakfast, and have a positive, calm morning on test days.
2019 PHS Statewide Testing Schedule
MONDAY, APRIL 1

(Regular PHS Schedule)

TUESDAY, APRIL 2

Writing/AIMS Biology
1st Period—8:00-10:00
2nd Period—10:08-11:58
6th Period—12:34-2:29

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3

Writing/AIMS Biology
3rd Period—8:00-10:00
4th/5th Period—10:08-11:58
7th Period—12:34-2:29

THURSDAY, APRIL 4

Reading/Math Part 1
1st Period—8:00-10:00
2nd Period—10:08-11:58
6th Period—12:34-2:29

MONDAY, APRIL 8

Reading Part 1/Math Part 1
3rd Period—8:00-10:00
4th/5th Period—10:08-11:58
7th Period—12:34-2:29

TUESDAY, APRIL 9

Reading Part 2/Math Part 2
1st Period—8:00-10:00
2nd Period—10:08-11:58
6th Period—12:34-2:29

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10

Reading Part 2/Math Part 2
3rd Period—8:00-10:00
4th/5th Period—10:08-11:58
7th Period—12:34-2:29

THURSDAY, APRIL 11

(Regular PHS Schedule)
Writing / Reading / BIO / Math Make-Up begins

  • Students who have Biology, Grade 9-11 English, or most Math classes on a scheduled test date will test in their classes according to the above schedule. All other non-testing classes will be also held according to the above schedule.
  • Early Bird classes will meet at the usual 7:00 a.m. time each day, with these exceptions: The EB Biology class will not meet at 7:00 a.m. on April 2; they will test P1 or P6 that day. EB Geometry will not meet at 7:00 a.m. April 8 & 10. That class will test on those days P4/5.

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