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Peoria Unified celebrates top achievers


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  • Erin Dunsey/Peoria Unified School District

From Left To Right – Katelyn McCort, Magdalena Annala, Kamren Haderlie, Brooke Denton, Tammy Le, McKenzie Frey, Grady Bailey (not Pictured: Alyssa Ridgley). Photo Courtesy Peoria Unified School District.
Peoria Unified celebrates top achievers AzMERIT-top-achievers-peoria-300x225

From left to right – Katelyn McCort, Magdalena Annala, Kamren Haderlie, Brooke Denton, Tammy Le, McKenzie Frey, Grady Bailey (not pictured: Alyssa Ridgley). Photo courtesy Peoria Unified School District.

Peoria Unified is proud to recognize eight students who earned the highest score possible on both the English/Language Arts and math portions of the AzMERIT test. The top achievers:

  • Grady Bailey, fourth-grade student at Lake Pleasant Elementary
  • Brooke Denton, fourth-grade student at Santa Fe Elementary
  • Tammy Le, fifth-grade student at Oakwood Elementary
  • Alyssa Ridgley, fifth-grade student at Copperwood Elementary
  • Katelyn McCort, sixth-grade student at Desert Harbor Elementary
  • Magdalena Annala, sixth-grade student at Santa Fe Elementary
  • McKenzie Frey, sixth-grade student at Oakwood Elementary
  • Kamren Haderlie, seventh-grade student at Sunset Heights Elementary

Peoria Unified had a total of 363 students in third- through tenth-grades receive the highest score possible in either English/Language Arts or math AzMERIT tests – 31 on Language Arts and 332 on math. The AzMERIT test is one of many tools that teachers can use to determine if a student is on track to succeed in his or her current grade level. Teachers also use other tools such as: classroom assignments, homework, grades and conversations with parents to benchmark student achievement.

Scores were sent home with parents following the first few weeks of school. A comprehensive family score report with additional details will soon follow. These scores will be used to better tailor instruction to individual student needs.