Student test scores are coming in across the country, which is what schools in southern Arizona are doing

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – A new report from the Associated Press says students across the country are struggling to do well in school.

Thousands of 4th and 8th graders were tested for the first time since 2019, and now education officials are calling the report a wake-up call not only for educators and parents, but also for lawmakers.

The results came back with the biggest drop in math scores and the lowest reading scores since 1992.

Here in Arizona, the average grade point average for fourth graders has dropped 6 points since 2019, but Arizona isn’t the only state struggling. In no state did the results improve, with some remaining the same at best.

While math scores may have dropped, Arizona’s reading scores were a slightly different story.

“We saw Arizona students reading at pre-pandemic levels,” said Jimmy Arwood, public information officer for the Arizona Department of Education. “So the work is already underway to get us going in the right direction.”

The Arizona Department of Education recently released its report card for each Arizona district after two years of no letter grades, and the Marano Unified School District had six schools earn an “A” grade, the highest number in district history.

  • DeGrazia Elementary School
  • Dove Mountain CSTEM K-8
  • Mountain View High School
  • Quail run
  • Rattlesnake Ridge Elementary
  • Twin Peaks K-8

Every other Maran school received a passing score.

“Last year we had a district-wide goal to increase literacy,” said MUSD Director of Public Affairs and Community Engagement Ali Benjamin. “It turned out to be a really wonderful piece of work. We put together a literacy task force and identified specific interventions that all of our schools are using across the district to help students with reading and writing.”

Officials add that the task force for Marana schools has only been in existence for a year, and now the focus is on literacy. They add that the goal is to add more subjects like math and science soon so they can give all students the help they may need in different subjects.


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