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How to End Poverty

By Saiarchana Darira

This research paper was originally written for Ms. Mezeske’s Math Honors Class.

My eyes open, and it’s another day. Suddenly problems overwhelm me, and I start worrying – worrying about college, the ACTs, the SATs, and writing this paper in time. Thousands of mile away, a child in poverty opens his or her eyes. Worries plague their minds too – but these are different ones – about having enough to simply stay alive. The problems in a first world country seem like nothing in a third world country living in poverty. Poverty is one of this world’s greatest problems, and it affects millions of human beings on a daily basis. To an average human being, problems like poverty seem impossible to solve. But, can the solution to poverty actually be simpler than one thinks? Poverty is something that is solvable. Here is how to end poverty.

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Is there Any Merit to the AzMERIT?

By Amanda Bertsch

Note: the opinions expressed in this article are not those of Denobis staff, Tri-City College Prep, or any other body except the author.


On April fourth to the seventh, more than three quarters of Tri-City’s students will be taking the new AzMERIT. Why? No one seems to know.

Nearly everyone agrees that last year’s limited AzMERIT testing was an unmitigated disaster, paralleled only by Common Core’s PARCC test. Students complained that the test was far too easy but strangely worded, with questions that didn’t make sense and answers that, well, didn’t answer the questions. Teachers fretted about the time adapting to a new test would take away from lessons.

The result? We now have the AzMERIT here to stay, and teachers took time away from their classes in the past week to administer practice tests. Yet the time needed to adjust to an entirely new test would be worthwhile if the test actually improved on the hated AIMS. Different, however, does not equate to better.

The AzMERIT’s high school tests are End-Of-Course (EOC) assessments. This means that instead of taking the test once or twice to test benchmarks, a separate test is taken at the end of each language arts and math course (through 11th grade English and algebra 2). Now, comparing scores from year to year will no longer be a valid way to see if students are improving overall. A high score in geometry, for instance, does not mean the student understands algebra.

A brief pop quiz: What will the EOC exams be used for? A), graduation requirements; B), a way to award funding to schools with high-achieving students; C), students with failing scores will have to repeat the course; or D) absolutely nothing.

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