Odds are you've heard "AzMERIT". It's the controversial Arizona Statewide Achievement Assessment of English Language Arts and Mathematics. This new test replaces AIMS and it's intentionally harder.
AzMERIT measures students' ability to master the 2010 Arizona College and Career Ready Standards. "The standards are designed to ensure that our students remain competitive in the global market of the 21st century," Arizona Department of Education.
Students in 3rd - 8th grades and high school in Estrella first took the AzMERIT test last spring. Results are just now being delivered.
In August, unofficial results showed disappointment with just 41% of 3rd graders testing proficient and higher.
Test scores are embargoed till the end of this month. Then, the scores will be released to the public and posted on the state's website here. We will report back when we have this information.
Unlike previous years, our schools will not receive letter grades this school year.
SB1289 prohibits A - F Letter Grades for school years 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.
SB1289 requires the Department to continue to identify schools with “below average levels of performance” or schools which were formerly “D” schools under the A-F Letter Grade System.
CONNECT TO Azmerit
Liberty Elementary School District AzMERIT information here.
AzMERIT Portal here.
Arizona Department of Education AzMERIT link on the WEB
2010 Arizona College and Career Ready Standards on the WEB
School report cards from previous AIMS testing on the WEB
SPRING 2016 TESTING
Spring 2016 AzMERIT Grades 3-8/EOC
Computer-Based Test Window
March 28 – May 6, 2016
*Writing must be completed by April 15, 2016
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jennifer Barber is a Goodyear resident resident of almost 20 years and a retired broadcast news journalist. Involved in various nonprofit and city organizations since 2008, Barber has a unique view of what's happening in the West Valley of Arizona.