Re: the Sept. 7 article "Catalina Foothills at top, Sunnyside, TUSD at bottom on AzMERIT scores."
I am sick and tired of seeing tests scores reported as if schools exist in some alternate universe disconnected to the world around them. I'd like to see a major article ranking school districts by tax base and the percentage of special education, ESL and Title 1 students. There should also be an explanation of how subgroup scores can effect overall district scores. If this was done, my guess is the list would be entirely reversed. Although there is one sentence related to this connection to reality, it's buried at the end of the article to explain Sunnyside's low scores.
The article should focus on the well-documented connection between test scores and socioeconomic status, as well as how being hungry negatively effects student performance. Although it's true teachers have an effect on test scores, their influence pales in relationship to economic conditions.
Disclaimer: As submitted to the Arizona Daily Star.