AzMERIT - Resources and Information for Parents
In 2015, the Arizona Department of Education changed the state's standardized test for students, replacing AIMS with the AzMerit exam. Students in third grade through high school take the assessment in English language arts and math.
This year, Tucson Unified students will take the exam on computers rather than on paper. Several schools piloted the digital testing last year, and all schools are following suit for 2017-2018.
This year's testing window, which is set by the state, is March 27-May 4. Check with your children's teachers for specifics.
Here are a few things about to keep in mind:
- Teachers have multiple ways they measure student learning. AzMERIT is just one of those tools.
Throughout the school year, teachers use many tools to assess how students are doing in their classroom, including classwork, homework, quizzes, projects, and teacher and counselor observations about your child's growth. The results from AzMERIT should be used along with all of this information to ensure your child is on track to succeed.
- We are on the right track.
Arizona is asking more from our students so they can achieve their full potential. The AzMERIT test measures a wide range of real-world skills, like critical thinking, problem-solving, and analysis. For high school students, this exam is NOT required for graduation. It is, however, the most accurate tool available to measure whether your child is mastering the skills employers will expect of our young people.
- Statewide, overall test scores show improvement.
This year's AzMERIT results reflect an increase in overall proficiency levels when compared to 2015 and 2016 test scores. This is a testament to the hard work of Arizona's teachers and students and our schools should be commended for the progress they've made. As students gain more practice with the key skills outlined in the standards and become more familiar with the AzMERIT test format, scores are expected to continue to improve over time.