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Pandemic major blame for drop in test scores across county

With the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, test scores from the statewide Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching — known as AZM2 — assessments dropped in the 2020-21 school year.

Statewide, scores on the statewide assessment dropped the most in mathematics with 11% decrease. English Language Arts or ELA, saw only a 4% decrease.

Here's some additional information from my conversation with Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman.

"Math is a skill that — it really builds from skill to skill — it can be more challenging for students to learn on their own or without having structured instruction," said Hoffman in regards to the larger drop in math scores statewide. "If [students] miss a section of their math instruction, it’s really hard to go back and to learn that skill without having that sort of intervention in place. Whereas with reading, I think there is more success in families being able to support reading skills and be able to build on those skills at home without there being as much structure needed.”

She recommends that teachers and parents/legal guardians continue to keep communication lines open.

"I think another area that the families can be very helpful in is monitoring their child’s social emotional well being and keeping an eye on how they’re doing socially with other kids," said Hoffman. "That can be a point of collaboration between the school and how a child is developing with a social-emotional standpoint as well.”

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Cochise County kicks off the 2021-22 school year on a solid note

As schools across the country return back to school, classrooms once again buzz with students, teachers and staff gracing the hallways as more districts return to in-person learning. 

Herald/Review reporter @Dana Cole  reported that the Tombstone Unified School District reported having a smooth first day of the 2021-22 school year, with the high school having a record number of freshmen students with a class size of 156. 

Herald/Review Sports Editor and Douglas Reporter @Bruce Whetten  also reported a smooth first day for the Douglas Unified School District, with approximately 150 incoming freshmen and first year sophomores partaking in Douglas High School’s boot camp.

Over in the Sierra Vista Unified School District, enrollment numbers are up, but many high schoolers struggled on the first day of school to get last-minute registration forms submitted and schedules finalized. 

What are your thoughts as students return back to in-person instruction for the 2021-22 school year? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Meet Zeke Esparza of Tombstone, he is this weeks Best of Preps feature. Zeke plays multiple sports at Tombstone High School and just recently signed a collegiate baseball scholarship allowing him to take his talents to the next level.
Read his story below.

https://www.myheraldreview.com/a/socoactive/sports/tombstone-s-zeke-esparza-taking-his-baseball-talents-to-the-next-level/article_21518d1a-a238-11eb-91ac-bf1f0e635b58.html