AzMerit Statewide Assessment

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Learn more about AzMERIT from our Deputy Superintendent here:
AzMerit Elementary Parent Letter 2016

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Who takes AzMERIT?

Students in 3rd through 8th grade will take AzMERIT in English language arts (ELA) and math at their grade level.

What does AzMERIT mean for students?

AzMERIT goes beyond multiple choice questions to provide a better indicator of what students have learned during the school year. Students will have a chance to show their critical-thinking skills by applying concepts and showing deeper understanding of a topic.

What is the test like?

Writing: The writing portion will require students to read a few passages and then write about them. This type of task requires students to think deeper about topics and use evidence to support their thinking. It will take an average of 45-90 minutes to complete the writing portion.

Reading: The reading portion will be administered in two parts over the course of two days. This will ensure students have ample time to read and answer questions. The test also contains editing tasks to measure student understanding of fundamental skills like spelling and grammar. Each part of the test will take students an average of 45-75 minutes to complete.

Math: The math portion will be administered in two parts over the course of two days. This will ensure students have ample time to read and answer questions. The test will ask questions that check a student’s conceptual understanding of math, as well as their procedural skills. Each part of the test will take students an average of 50-85 minutes to complete.

Will my child take the test on a computer or paper?

Students will take the computer-based version of AzMERIT.

How will my child be prepared for an online test?

Your child will have practice taking a Math and Reading test online three times this year. All benchmarks will be administered online and will mimic the format of the AzMERIT test to best prepare our students for the end of the year test.

What if my child is not a good test taker?

Your child’s teacher can provide suggestions for helping your child successfully know and demonstrate his or her understanding of the state standards, which is what the AzMERIT test is based on. Throughout the school year, there are many ways we assess how students are doing in their classroom, including classwork, homework, quizzes, projects, Formatives, Benchmarks, and teacher 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.

Are students still required to take AIMS Science?

Yes. Students in 4th grade are required to take AIMS Science.

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