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Test scores for new Arizona test reveal many students fail

Test scores for new Arizona test reveal many students fail

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – Results for Arizona’s new standardized test show that many students failed to show proficiency in math and English.

Many say that was expected because this was the first year that AzMerit, the school’s new test, was implemented.

Only 34 percent of all students passed the English test, while 35 percent passed the math one.

The data was released by the Arizona Department of Education on Monday.

Spokesman Charles Tack said the results showed trends seen in past tests that reveal minority and low-income students fare the worst.

About 25 percent of economically disadvantaged, Latino and African American kids passed the tests.

Heidi Vega, spokeswoman for the Arizona School Board Association, said teachers and students didn’t have a lot of time to prepare and that these results shouldn’t be compared to the state’s former test.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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