In November 2014, the Arizona State Board of Education adopted a new statewide achievement test for Arizona students called AzMERIT. This new assessment was given to Arizona students in grades 3 through high school for the first time in spring 2015. It replaces the previously administered AIMS test in reading, writing and math. AIMS Science tests were still given to students in grades 4, 8 and in high school.
Over the past month all Buckeye Elementary School District students took the AzMERIT assessment on a computer rather than on paper. Over the past two years our District has been moving toward the goal of going digital by having two of our schools pilot the computer based testing. Due to all our District’s technology growth, all remaining schools followed suit this year.
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, teachers use many tools to assess how students are doing in their classroom, including classwork, homework, quizzes, projects, and teacher observations. The results from AzMERIT should be used along with all of this information to ensure your child is on track to succeed.
• Inaugural Computer Based Testing Result Trends
Please note that it is likely to see an initial dip with scores when transitioning to the computer based platform. The state, as well as our pilot schools experienced a dip in their first year (2014-2015) of computerized testing. Last year, both the state and our pilot schools reflected an overall proficiency increase. We understand that as students gain more practice with the key skills outlined in the standards and become more familiar with the AzMERIT test format, scores will improve.
• How to read your child’s AzMERIT results. To understand your child’s results click on the following link. It explains in great detail how to read your child’s AzMERIT score report which is expected to be released in late May.
AZMERIT Score Report