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Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas to Bring Listening Tour to Scottsdale Unified School District
Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas wants to hear directly from Arizona residents about their opinions on all K-12 education issues and topics, and the SUSD community is invited to be part of the discussion. One of the tour stops will be at Coronado High School, Thursday, May 7, 5-7:30PM. Read Listening Tour Visit
SUSD’s Scottsdale Online Learning Program Earns AdvancED Accreditation
Scottsdale Unified School District’s Scottsdale Online Learning program (SOL) in April received its accreditation through AdvancED, a nonprofit school-accrediting agency. AdvancED reported that SOL outperformed its peers nationally in all three domains rated—Teaching and Learning Impact, Leadership Capacity and Resource Utilization—and that six areas were rated as “powerful practices” that set the standard for other institutions to follow. One of these areas was stakeholder and institution support. Read SOL
28 SUSD Students Named Finalists in the 2015 National Merit® Scholarship Program
The National Merit® Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 15,000 finalists in the 60th annual National Merit® Scholarship Program. Twenty-eight students from SUSD were among those finalists. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 7,600 National Merit® Scholarships, worth more than $33 million, that will be offered next spring. Read SUSD National Merit Finalists 2015
Scottsdale Unified School District AzMERIT Informational Update
AzMERIT (Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching) is Arizona’s new statewide achievement test. The Arizona State Board of Education adopted Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards in English language arts and mathematics in 2010. A new test was necessary to measure what students know and can do based on these standards. With higher standards, Arizona needed an assessment that reflects those expectations. Arizona is partnering with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to develop tests which are unique to Arizona. Click here for more information.
Arizona State Board of Education Adopts New Statewide Achievement Test
On November 3rd, the Arizona State Board of Education adopted a new statewide achievement test, Arizona's Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching (AzMERIT) for Arizona students. The AzMERIT test will replace the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) Reading, Writing and Mathematics tests beginning in spring of 2015. Students in 3rd grade through high school will take the AzMERIT English Language Arts and Mathematics tests. Students in 4th grade, 8th grade and high school will take the AIMS Science test. For more information about the AzMERIT, please visit http://www.azed.gov/assessment/azmerit/

 
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