AzMERIT (Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching) is Arizona’s new statewide achievement test. Arizona is partnering with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to develop tests which are unique to Arizona. In 2010, the Arizona State Board of Education adopted new standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics for all students in Arizona. These academic standards outline what students should know and be able to do at each grade level. With the adoption and implementation of new standards, a new test was necessary.
AzMERIT, based on the new standards, will tell teachers, students and parents if students are on track to be college and career ready upon graduation from high school. The Arizona Science Standards did not change, so students in Grades 4, 8, and high school will still take the AIMS Science test. Students taking high school level English and Mathematics will take End-of-Course assessments that will test their proficiency in these subjects. Only eligible students with significant cognitive disabilities will participate in other alternate achievement tests. Middle School students will take grade level Math, Reading and Writing tests in the fall of each year.
For more information, please visit, http://azmeritportal.org/students-and-families/.