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Tucson Unified School District A Bright Spot In Arizona's AzMERIT Scores

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The Tucson Unified School District office.

As schools tested toward Arizona’s “College and Career Ready Standards” in reading and math, there were a few bright spots in the AzMERIT scores. At Tucson Unified School District, eight-graders saw a eight-point jump in math, for instance.

TUSD’s Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo said he used a targeted, three-pronged approach, including in-school tutorial periods, focused resources on kids labeled partially-proficient who just needed that extra instructional time, and emphasizing the test’s critical importance throughout the district.

Trujillo spoke to KJZZ’s Paige Phelps about his initial thoughts on his district’s scores.

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Paige Phelps began her journalism career in Dallas, working for print publications owned by the D Magazine brands before moving on to the Dallas Morning News. Later, while living in Marfa, Texas, she learned the nuts and bolts of radio through KRTS Marfa Public Radio, one of the smallest public radio stations in the country, before landing at Houston Public Media's "Houston Matters" daily talk show as a producer.