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Welcome to the New Statewide Achievement Test

AZ Merit

Beginning March 28th, public school students across Arizona began Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching (AzMERIT), the new statewide achievement test that replaced AIMS in reading, writing and math in 2015. State level assessments are one effective tool to support your child’s learning. Results can help us understand if our students are mastering the skills and standards identified in each course and grade level.

The Arizona State Board of Education adopted AzMERIT proficiency levels based on what students are expected to know as identified in the Arizona Standards. AzMERIT proficiency levels give us a baseline to measure progress and ensure that students are prepared for college and career.  This is a departure from AIMS, which required minimum proficiency in math, reading and writing to graduate high school.

AzMERIT Spring 2015 scores reinforced the need to make education a top priority in our state and strategically invest in education to ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed. Scottsdale’s students and teachers have been working hard to meet the expectations of higher standards and the new AzMERIT assessment. The new proficiency levels are closer to those used by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), a rigorous multi-state assessment. Additionally, the high school proficiency levels are comparable to national assessments such as the ACT and SAT.

The Arizona Department of Education will be sending school districts the results of the AzMERIT 2016 assessment over the summer; family score reports will be available online beginning July 18. Paper versions of the family score reports will be available when school resumes in August. Instructions for accessing the score reports will be available in July.

For additional information regarding AzMerit, go to the Arizona Department of Education website at: http://azmeritportal.org/.


How to help your child:
The best resource to learn about how to support your child’s learning is your child’s  teacher.  Communicating with your child’s teacher and checking in on your child’s progress is key to their success.   Additionally, parents can foster learning opportunities at home by encouraging students to read every day and involving children in real life experiences that promote problem solving and higher level thinking.  

Click on the links below to learn how to support student achievement at home.  
previous_arrow.png Sample AzMERIT Test, Student and Family Resources
previous_arrow.png Move on When Reading (MOWR) Promotion Guidelines for Grades 3
previous_arrow.png Resources to support keyboarding skills | Click here
previous_arrow.png Arizona Department of Education
previous_arrow.png Arizona PTA
previous_arrow.png Be a Learning Hero
previous_arrow.png Do Your Homework Arizona
previous_arrow.png Expect More Arizona
previous_arrow.png GreatKids
previous_arrow.png Arizona Aims Higher
previous_arrow.png Math Power Book
previous_arrow.png Read Write Think | Click here
previous_arrow.png Council of the Great City Schools | http://www.cgcs.org/domain/36
previous_arrow.png National PTA | Click here
previous_arrow.png New York City Department of Education | Click here
previous_arrow.png Engage NewYork | Click here
previous_arrow.png Homework Help Desk for math k-12 standards
previous_arrow.png Parent Roadmaps for k- high school math standards
previous_arrow.png Math Tips for Parents for standards k-8
previous_arrow.png If you know students who would benefit from Algebra Tutoring, they may find these FREE Algebra Video Tutorials useful. www.RALLYEducationOnline.com/AlgebraTutor
previous_arrow.png If you know students who would benefit from Reading Comprehension Tutoring, they may find this FREE reading program useful. It's called Reading Constellations www.RALLYEDUCATIONonline.com/ConstellationsSetup

Algebra I Assessment Sample | English Language Arts Assessment Sample | 
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT AzMERIT

What does my child’s test score mean?
AzMERIT measures how well your child is performing in English language arts and math. The scores are just one of several measures, including report card grades, classroom performance and feedback from teachers that can be used to measure your child’s academic progress.

When will I receive my child's scores?
When schools resume in August, parents will receive their child's AzMERIT score report. Within the report, parents will find information on their child's test performance and specific skills that need improvement, As well as a comparison to the student’s results from spring 2015 AzMERIT, if applicable. SUSD will provide an easy-to-follow tutorial on how to navigate this report.

Will my child have to pass AzMERIT to graduate?
Passing AzMERIT is not a requirement for high-school students.

What should I take away from the family score report?
This AzMERIT score report helps you understand your child's academic achievement. You can see how your child is performing in comparison to peers in the same grade level, school and district. In addition to giving you an overall score, the report also breaks down each subject into categories to provide you with a better understanding of how your child performed in different areas of math and English.

How will my child’s score be used?
Scores will be used to better tailor instruction to individual student needs and give us a tool to see how students and schools across the state are doing.

What types of questions are on the test?
AzMERIT includes a number of different types of questions, including performance tasks that are multi step assignments that ask students to apply their knowledge and skills to address real-world problems. In English, students have to apply their research and writing skills, and in math, they solve complex problems and then describe and defend their reasoning. The test also includes traditional multiple choice questions, as well as interactive questions that require students to drag and drop their answers into a box, create equations and fill in the answer.

What if my child did well on his or her report card last year, but not as well on this test?
Report card grades include multiple sources of information, including participation, work habits, group projects and homework, all of which are important in determining a child’s academic achievement. These sources are not reflected on the test, so there may be some differences. To further explore your child’s academic achievement, talk with his or her teachers.

How can I use these test results to help my child improve?
You can use the test results to guide a discussion with your child’s teachers about additional supports or challenges that may be needed in class, as well as ways to support your child at home. Your child’s performance is broken down into categories in each subject. Therefore, you can use also this information to locate activities online that were designed specifically for each category at every grade level.

How will AzMERIT be graded?
All of the test items are reviewed and approved by Arizona educators. That review includes confirming the answer key for items and any scoring rubrics. Items that require hand scoring are scored by trained scorers using the appropriate scoring rubric.

How will I receive my child’s score report?
Schools and districts will be responsible for distributing the score reports to each student’s family. Schools can decide to send them home in backpacks, schedule parent meetings or mail them home.

What resources are available to help my child?
Arizona Aims Higher: information about Arizona’s College & Career Ready Standards and AzMERIT, along with tips and resources to help your child succeed in school.ArizonaAimsHigher.org.

Do Your Homework Arizona: a free tool created by Stand for Children Arizona to help parents better understand homework related to Arizona’s new academic standards in math and English in kindergarten through eighth grade. DoYourHomeworkArizona.org

Are there any ways to see if a child is not doing well due to lack of effort versus lack of understanding?
Comparing student performance on AzMERIT with other English Language Arts and/or math assessments or course work can help determine whether poor performance on AzMERIT is due to not trying or due to not understanding. A student who did not try on AzMERIT would likely show better performance on other tests or coursework.

What is Move On When Reading (MOWR)?
“Move On When Reading” is a state law that requires a student not be promoted from third grade to fourth grade if the student is reading at a much lower level than is expected of a third-grader. For 2016 Grade 3 Promotion Guidelines, click here. A student’s reading level is determined using the “Reading for Information” and “Reading for Literature” scoring categories of this AzMERIT English language arts assessment. You can find more details about your child’s performance on these two areas on the back of the family score report. It’s important to note that some students are exempt from the law, including certain English Language Learners, students with individual education plans, students in the process of a special education evaluation, or students diagnosed with a significant reading impairment, including dyslexia.


What grades and subjects will be tested this year?

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 Archived Results: 2015

3rd Grade ELA (English Language Arts) Math
4th Grade ELA (English Language Arts) Math
5th Grade ELA (English Language Arts) Math
6th Grade ELA (English Language Arts) Math
7th Grade ELA (English Language Arts) Math
8th Grade ELA (English Language Arts) Math
9th Grade ELA (English Language Arts)  
10th Grade ELA (English Language Arts)  
11th Grade ELA (English Language Arts)  

  

 
 
 AzMERIT TESTING RESULTS


How do I find my test results?  

The Arizona Department of Education will be sending school districts the results of the AzMERIT 2016 assessment over the summer; family score reports will be available online beginning July 18. Paper versions of the family score reports will be available when school resumes in August. Instructions for accessing the score reports will be available in July.

For questions:  Mail-icon.png Debbie Campbell Fowler 480-484-6203, District Test Coordinator
Mail-icon.png Kyle Ross 480-484-6190, Director of Assessment

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