Peoria Unified students earn high marks on AzMERIT

Those earning high AzMERIT test scores are, from left, Katelyn McCort, Magdalena Annala, Kamren Haderlie, Brooke Denton, Tammy Le, McKenzie Frey, Grady Bailey (not pictured: Alyssa Ridgley). [Submitted photo]


Peoria Unified is proud to recognize eight students who earned the highest score possible on both the English/Language Arts and math portions of the AzMERIT test. The top achievers:

  • Grady Bailey, fourth-grade student at Lake Pleasant Elementary, 31501 N. Westland Road, Peoria
  • Brooke Denton, fourth-grade student at Santa Fe Elementary, 9880 N. 77th Ave., Peoria
  • Tammy Le, fifth-grade student at Oakwood Elementary, 12900 N. 71st Ave., Peoria
  • Alyssa Ridgley, fifth-grade student at Copperwood Elementary, 11232 N. 65th Ave., Glendale
  • Katelyn McCort, sixth-grade student at Desert Harbor Elementary, 15585 N. 91st Ave., Peoria
  • Magdalena Annala, sixth-grade student at Santa Fe Elementary, 9880 N. 77th Ave., Peoria
  • McKenzie Frey, sixth-grade student at Oakwood Elementary, 12900 N. 71st Ave., Peoria
  • Kamren Haderlie, seventh-grade student at Sunset Heights Elementary 9687 W. Adam Ave., Peoria

Peoria Unified had a total of 363 students in third- through 10th-grades receive the highest score possible in either English/Language Arts or math AzMERIT tests – 31 on Language Arts and 332 on math. The AzMERIT test is one of many tools that teachers can use to determine if a student is on track to succeed in his or her current grade level. Teachers also use other tools such as classroom assignments, homework, grades and conversations with parents to benchmark student achievement.

Scores were sent home with parents following the first few weeks of school. A comprehensive family score report with additional details will soon follow. These scores will be used to better tailor instruction to individual student needs.

Peoria Unified’s eight top achievers were recognized at the Oct. 26 Governing Board meeting. Photo attached.

Peoria Unified, located in the Northwest Valley, serves more than 36,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 93 percent high school graduation rate.

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