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New AIMS scores bring mixed results

The release of the newest AIMS test scores shows the Mayer School District is on the move upward, but still lags behind the larger districts in the county.

Statistics released by the Arizona Department of Education and displayed on the 'Great Schools' website (www.greatschools.com), show the Mayer district students advanced in many areas and showed some improvement in almost all grades tested.

Mayer School Superintendent Jim Nelson expressed his appreciation to the teachers at a Thursday night board meeting.

"The teachers did a great job getting the students ready for the test, and the scores reflect it," he said. The data shows the Mayer third grade scores rose dramatically compared not only to the past year's scores, but also compared to the state standard.

The 2001 reading score for Mayer third graders showed 83 percent of students "met or exceeded" (MOE) the standard, besting the state average by twenty points and last year's score by 11 points.

The third graders also excelled in Math, jumping their 2000 score of 39 percent MOE past the 52 percent state standard, to a score of 63 percent MOE for 2001.

The state average for third grade math is 52 percent MOE.

Mayer Elementary Principal Dr. Don Cook said the improved scores are a direct result of the teacher's dedication to their students.

"We have an absolutely phenomenal staff of teachers. They're the ones who deserve all the credit for the scores," he said.

Mayer fifth graders turned in a split decision on their new AIMS scores.

Fifth grade reading scores are down slightly. The new figure of 60 percent MOE is down four percent from last year, but still remains five percent above the state average.

On the flip side, fifth grade math scores were up slightly to 49 percent. This score represents a gain of 10 percent over last year and surpasses the 45 percent state average.

Cook said he is very pleased with the students' overall performance.

"All scores exceeded state standards," he said. "That tells you the caliber of teachers we have."

The statistics showed the success achieved in elementary grades appeared to be harder to win in the higher grade levels.

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