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AzMERIT/AIMS Science Grade Enhancement


AzMERIT Students are eligible to positively impact their semester grades in courses aligned to the  high school AzMERIT ELA or AzMERIT Math End-of-Course assessment if they earn a Proficient or Highly Proficient on the test.  They can also positively impact their Biology or Biology Honors course grade if they earn a Meets the Standard or Exceeds the Standard on the high school AIMS Science assessment. 

 

 

 

 

 

DATE: August 2018
RE: State Testing Grade Enhancement Policy

Dear Student and Parent/Guardian,

The AzMERIT and AIMS Science assessments provide students, teachers, and parents with information about
how a student is progressing academically in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science. It is important
that students perform their best on these assessments to accurately assess their academic progress. In order
to motivate students to put forth strong effort, students will now be eligible to positively impact their
semester grades in courses aligned to the high school AzMERIT and AIMS Science assessments. Passing the
state assessments is no longer a requirement for graduation, so the grade enhancement policy will provide an
incentive for students to do well on the tests, as well as in their course of study in preparation for the
assessments.

Students who earn a Proficient score on an AzMERIT End of Course (EOC) assessment or a Meets The Standard
on the High School AIMS Science test will be eligible to raise their final semester course grade by one letter
grade up to a B for the course aligned with the assessment. The grades for both semesters of the course could
be raised as long as both semesters of the course were taken in the same school year.

Students who earn a Highly Proficient score on an AzMERIT End of Course (EOC) assessment or an Exceeds The
Standard on the High School AIMS Science test will be eligible to raise their final semester course grade by one
letter grade up to an A for the course aligned with the assessment. The grades for both semesters of the
course could be raised as long as both semesters of the course are taken in the same school year.
No course grades will be lowered due to poor performance on the high school state assessments.
Only courses taken at a Deer Valley Unified School District school or program are eligible. The DVUSD courses
affected by the grade enhancement policy include:

  • ELA 1-2, ELA 1-2 Honors
  • ELA 3-4, ELA 3-4 Honors
  • ELA 5-6, ELA 5-6 Honors
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • IB English 5-6 A1 HL
  • ENH 110, ENH 111, ENG 101
  • Algebra 1-2, Algebra 1-2 Honors
  • Geometry 1-2, Geometry 1-2 Honors
  • Algebra 3-4, Algebra 3-4 Honors
  • Algebra Applications
  • Biology 1-2, Biology 1-2 Honors

Respectfully,
Dr. Gayle Galligan
DVUSD Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment