|This morning the State Board of Education awarded the contract for the new statewide achievement test, Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching (AzMERIT), to American Institutes for Research, a not-for-profit organization with decades of experience in K-12 educational assessments. The procurement process for this new test was thorough, fair, and thoughtfully considered. I am confident that the Board has selected the best test for Arizona.The AzMERIT will be administered in the content areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics to students in Grades 3 through 8 and to students enrolled in high school level English and Mathematics courses. The features of the new AzMERIT include:
The Board must still make decisions about how the results of the AzMERIT will be used for various accountability purposes including A-F School Letter Grades, Teacher and Principal Evaluations, Move on When Reading, and the potential use of End-of-Course results in high school course grades. At its December meeting, the Board is expected to discuss the establishment of a “safe harbor” year for accountability measures.
The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is currently in discussions with AIR and will share more details about the test including testing windows and timelines in the coming days and weeks. The ADE Assessment Section will email Test Coordinators with information as it becomes available, as well as offer regular webinars and in-person trainings in January.
Thank you for your dedication to the education of Arizona’s students. ADE is here to support you as we implement AzMERIT.
Superintendent of Public Instruction