New Test for Arizona Students

| November 8, 2014

The Arizona State Board of Education adopted Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching (AzMERIT) as the new statewide test. The assessment will be given to Arizona students in 3rd grade through high school this spring and will replace the AIMS test in reading, writing and math.

The test will be administered by the American Institutes for Research (AIR), a private, not-for-profit test vendor, and will be overseen and controlled by Arizona. The test will be unique to Arizona and will engage Arizona educators and education experts in developing questions for the new assessment. The assessment will also draw from AIR’s work in other states to ensure that student test information is comparable across states.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NEW ASSESSMENT

  • The test will be given this spring to Arizona 3-8 graders and in high school.
  • The assessment will reflect the standards that students are learning in Arizona classrooms today – no shifts in what students are learning or teachers are teaching (standards or curricula) are required.
  • The test will be unique to Arizona and will engage Arizona educators and education experts in developing questions for the new assessment.
  • Educators can get involved by completing an application online.
  • SBE is going to consider the potential of a Safe Harbor from accountability for schools, parents and teachers at their December meeting. Their desire is to give schools, teachers and students some time to adjust to the new test and to give the state a year to set a new baseline.

Learn about the new test at http://bit.ly/NewTestAZ & #AZAimsHigher

CLICK HERE for a sample messaging for teachers, parents and business/community leaders.

This information was provided by Expect More Arizona.

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