State Assessment – AzMERIT


In November 2014, the Arizona State Board of Education adopted a new statewide achievement test called Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching (AzMERIT), which is aligned to the more rigorous Arizona College and Career Ready Standards (AZCCRS) which were adopted in 2010AzMERIT was first administered in spring 2015 it replaced the AIMS test in the subjects of mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA). The AIMS assessment still remains for science.

AzMERIT is given to students in grades 3-8 in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Students in grades 4 and 8 also take the AIMS Science assessment.

Test Administration
The students of the Laveen Elementary School District are administered the AzMERIT assessment online. The online portal provides an interactive testing environment with item types that otherwise would not be available. Throughout the school year, students are being exposed to online tools through the continued use of our digital curriculum and computer based benchmark assessments.

AzMERIT Sample Tests
Students can access the AzMERIT Sample Tests from computer devices at school, and at home. Accessing these sample tests will help students become familiar with the different item types available through the AzMERIT assessment. Click here to view a sample tests tutorial or Click here to access the sample tests.

Testing Schedule
The 2016-2017 testing schedule for students in grades 3-8 is outlined below. For more information refer to the 16-17 State Testing Parent Letter.

Week of April 17-21

Date Subject Grades
April 17 AIMS Science 4th & 8th
April 18 AzMERIT Writing 3rd – 8th
April 19 AzMERIT Math, Part 1 3rd Grade
April 20 AzMERIT Math, Part 2 3rd Grade

Week of April 24-28

Date Subject Grades
April 24 AzMERIT ELA, Part 1 3rd – 8th
April 25 AzMERIT ELA, Part 2 3rd – 8th
April 27 AzMERIT Math, Part 1 4th – 8th
April 28 AzMERIT Math, Part 2 4th – 8th

Week of May 1-5 (Algebra and Geometry students only)

Date Subject
May 1 AzMERIT EOC, Part 1
May 2 AzMERIT EOC, Part 2

Test Results
Since AzMERIT is aligned to higher level rigorous standards the results are expected to demonstrate a lower level of proficiency than what we have seen in the past with the AIMS assessment. 2016-2017 school year results are expected to be mailed home to parents by July 14, 2017. Below is a chart of Arizona’s 2015-2016 statewide scores.

For more information regarding AzMERIT, visit

2016 AzMERIT State Results