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Standardized Testing: AzMERIT, AIMS SCIENCE, CIVICS EXAM

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In continuing to ensure all Arizona children have the opportunity to succeed, the Arizona State Board of Education (Board) announced in November 2014 a new assessment to replace the AIMS Reading, Writing, and Mathematics tests. This assessment, AzMERIT - Arizona's Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching, first given in spring 2015, is administered each spring to Arizona students in grades 3 through high school. AIMS Science tests continue to be administered to students in grades 4, 8, and in high school. A passing score on AzMERIT is not required for graduation.

AzMERIT is a computer-based (or paper-based) test which provides engaging questions and measures critical thinking skills for college and career readiness. The test reflects what  students are learning in the classroom and provides parents meaningful information to know if their children are on track to succeed. Teachers use the new test, which is aligned to what they are teaching in the classroom, as a tool to measure student progress. Assessments can tell both teachers and parents if a student is mastering a subject, or if they need to spend additional time learning that topic. 

AzMERIT is ONE tool available to measure whether students are mastering the skills they need to be successful in college, career, and life. 
Report card grades, participation, work habits, group projects, and homework are all important in determining a child’s academic achievement. 

All students in the grade levels referenced below are required by law to have the opportunity to take the assessments during the designated testing dates. This means that all students present on designated testing dates will be provided testing materials. Students who are absent will be given the opportunity to take the test during the make-up window. 

 

Students in Grades 3 through 8 take AzMERIT in English Language Arts and Mathematics at their grade level. The English Language Arts test includes a writing portion and a reading portion. AzMERIT goes beyond multiple choice questions. This means that the test results provide a better indicator of what students have learned during the school year. 
 

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Students in High School take AzMERIT End-of-Course (EOC) tests in English Language Arts and Mathematics that test their proficiency in these subjects. The ELA tests include a writing portion and a reading portion. AzMERIT End-of-Course tests are ELA 9, ELA 10, ELA 11, and Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. Students take the test while in the appropriate course. AzMERIT goes beyond multiple choice questions. This means that the test results provide a better indicator of what students have learned during the school year. A passing score on AzMERIT is not required for graduation.

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TEST SCHEDULE
The Marana district administers both a computer-based or a paper-based version of the test (dependent on school and grade). The test is administered in the spring semester. Click here for Spring 2017 Test Schedule. Check with your child's school for testing dates, times, and other specific test administration information.

BENEFITS
OF AzMERIT
  • Measures students’ readiness for the future
  • Assessments are important tools that give teachers and parents valuable information to support student learning. Parents will have the peace of mind to know if their child is on track academically and is not falling behind.
  • Students will know if they are prepared for life, career, and college. They will also have a chance to show their critical-thinking skills by applying concepts and showing deeper understanding of a topic on the assessment.
  • Teachers will have additional information to meet the needs of their students.
  • Business leaders will have confidence that our K-12 education system will better prepare our students for life after graduating from high school to prepare for jobs and build a strong economy.
  • The exams will offer computer-based or paper-based innovative item types that better measure students’ mastery of the standards including problem solving and critical thinking skills.     


AIMS SCIENCE TEST

Students in Grades 4, 8, and 9 take the AIMS Science test to determine their level of proficiency on the AZ State Science Standards. Passing the AIMS test is not required to graduate high school.

CIVICS STANDARDS TEST
In 2015, the Arizona legislature passed the American Civics Act (House Bill 2064). This bill will require students, beginning with the graduating class of 2017, to pass a civics test based on the United States Immigration and Naturalization civics questions.

The 2017 cohort of students will take the Civics assessment in high schools. In addition, since students are exposed to civics standards in middle school, 8th grade students are provided the opportunity to take this assessment at the end of theschool year. 


PARENT GUIDE - TEST RESULTS
Click here to read the Parent Guide to Your Child's Test Results.  


MORE INFORMATION
For more information on the administration of the new statewide assessment, parent brochures, and resources please visit ADE’s website at http://www.azed.gov/assessment/azmerit/  

Click here to visit the ADE AzMERIT Portal and review the sample tests

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Personal student data has never been, and never will be, shared with the federal government. Student test data is protected via a number of state and federal laws. including: A.R.S. §§ 15-1041 through 15-1045, Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).