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HUSD students continue to improve on AIMS tests

The Arizona Dept. of Education has released its official Spring AIMS scores across the state, and Humboldt Unified School District students showed improvement on nearly all tests.

HUSD Asst. Supt. Dean Slaga said every year students earn higher marks on the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards, and this year is no different.

"These are our highest test scores ever," Slaga said.

District averaged scores at the elementary level matched or exceeded the average state levels for third, fourth and fifth grades in reading, writing and math.

The high school exceeded state average scores in reading, writing and science, and was one percentage point under the state math average.

This year's science test scores do not count towards graduation requirements, Slaga said, with the state average indicating a dismal 32 percent of students passing the test. Only 39 percent of Bradshaw Mountain High School sophomores passed the science section, which was added to AIMS in 2007.

At the middle schools, students performed better in most areas and grades than past years, and worse in only a few.

In comparison to where the middles schools were several years ago, Slaga said students are testing much better, but the goal is to achieve scores of 80 percent passing or higher.

State AIMS scores increased or stayed the same in every grade level and area except tenth grade reading scores where they dropped by one point to an average of 74 passing. BMHS tenth graders also dropped a point to 77 percent passing compared to 78 percent this past year, 79 percent in 2007, and 85 percent in 2006.

At Liberty Traditional School, the elementary students tested at 89 percent passing in third and fourth grade math, with all other grade levels scoring into the 90 percentiles, and an incredible 100 percent passing the writing tests at the seventh and eighth grades.

Schools from all over Arizona reported fluctuating writing scores compared to years past. This is because grading writing skills on the one essay question that makes up the test is subjective, Slaga said.

The State may add a multiple choice section beginning in 2011.

Other notable achievements include third-graders at Granville Elementary increasing reading scores from 79 percent passing this past year to 90 percent this year; Lake Valley fourth-graders increasing reading scores from 75 percent passing to 90 percent; Humboldt Elementary fifth-graders increasing math scores from72 percent to 90 percent passing; Mountain View fourth-graders increasing writing scores from 69 to 85 percent passing; and Coyote Springs writing scores for fifth-graders went from 59 to 80 percent passing.

ADE will release the results of the AZ Learns Profile scores and school labels on July 29.

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