What Is AzMERIT?
In November 2014, the Arizona State Board of
Education adopted a new statewide achievement test for Arizona students
called AzMERIT (Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform
Teaching). AzMERIT is based on more rigorous standards and sets a
higher bar for what students need to know. AzMERIT requires students to
use real-life skills, critical thinking, problem solving, and
analyzing. The AzMERIT provides a better indicator of what students
have learned during the school year, and measures if students are on
track to be college and career ready upon graduation from high school.
AzMERIT was given to Arizona students in grades 3 through high school
for the first time in spring 2015. Students in Grades 3 - 8 take the
AzMERIT assessment in English language arts and mathematics, which
replaces the previously administered AIMS test in reading, writing, and
math. The Arizona Science Standards did not change, and the AIMS
Science tests were given to students in grades 4, 8, and in high school.
When Will Parents Receive Score Reports
The Alhambra Elementary School District will sent student results home
with students the week of November 2-6, 2015. The district will mail
score reports to former eighth grade students who are now in high
school. For parents who have moved out of the district may obtain their
child’s score report by calling the Alhambra Elementary School
District’s Academic Services Department at 602-336-2950.
Important Factors About AzMERIT
is a different test than what we have been used to, and it is much more
difficult. The AzMERIT sets a higher bar for what students need to
know. Teachers and students are making adjustments and getting used to
the new way teachers must teach using the Arizona College and Career
- Arizona has set higher standards for our
students so they are ready to be successful in college and are ready to
enter the workforce. AzMERIT requires students to use real-life skills,
critical thinking, problem solving, and analyzing, whereas the AIMS
test was a multiple-choice test. Because of these higher standards,
this year’s test results may seem lower than what your child has
received in the past. Please know that any time a new test is given,
scores will be lower. It does not mean your child is not doing well,
but instead it provides teachers with a more accurate view of how your
child is doing.
- Teachers have a number of ways they measure
student learning, not just by the AzMERIT scores. Students are assessed
throughout the year through their classwork, homework, quizzes, and
quarterly assessments. All of this information is used to determine if
your child is on track.
Performance labels for AzMERIT are Highly Proficient, Proficient,
Partially Proficient and Minimally Proficient. Cut-off scores for each
performance label were determined based on what students at each grade
level should know, not by the percentage of questions students answered
correctly. See detailed performance level descriptors for AzMERIT.
AzMERIT Resources and Helpful Links
Frequently Asked Questions
AzMERIT Grades 3-8 Brochure
AzMERIT Grades 3-8 Brochure (Spanish)
AzMERIT Sample Family Guide
AzMERIT Sample English Language Arts Student Report
AzMERIT Sample Math Student Report
Arizona Department of Education
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