AzMERIT - Resources and Information for Parents
Last spring, students in third grade through high school took AzMERIT, the statewide assessment in English language arts and math. Before the start of the new school year, parents will receive a comprehensive family score report with detailed information about how your child performed on both the English language arts and math portions of the AzMERIT test.
The score reports tell parents, guardians and families if their child is on track to be successful in the next grade and in college and career. They are an end of year (or end of course) checkpoint for parents/guardians see how their child did in English and in math. The score reports also help parents/guardians see how their child did in relationship to their peers in their school, their district and the state.
In addition to giving an overall score, the score reports break down each subject into categories to provide parents a better understanding of how their child did in math and English. Parents and families can use the information in the score reports to guide a discussion with their child’s teachers about where their child may need additional help or may be ready to learn even more.
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Teachers have multiple ways they measure student learning. AzMERIT is just one of those tools.
Throughout the school year, there are many ways teachers 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 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.