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 send 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
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 Ready Standards.
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.
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