Dear Parents,

Thank you for all you do to support your children in their academic development. Arizona’s educators also are working diligently to improve every student’s academic achievements. We want every child to have the tools necessary to be successful in their future endeavors.

Continuing to ensure that all Arizona children have the opportunity to succeed, the Arizona State Board of Education (Board) has announced a new assessment to replace the AIMS Reading, Writing and Mathematics tests beginning spring 2015.  The Board voted and approved that American Institutes for Research (AIR) will provide Arizona’s New Assessment, AzMERIT – Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching.

Arizona public school students in Grades 3 through high school will take AzMERIT in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Students in Grades 4, 8, and high school will still take the AIMS Science test.

Students in Grades 3 through 8 will take AzMERIT in English Language Arts and Mathematics at their grade level. Students taking high school level English Language Arts and Mathematics will take AzMERIT End-of-Course assessments that will test their proficiency in these subjects near the end of the course.

Below you will find important information and links to help stay informed of any updates and changes as Arizona continues to develop the new AzMERIT test.  

AzMerit – Website
(Updated regularly by AZ Dept. of Ed.)

Arizona Department of Education 
AzMERIT Parent Letter

Computer Based Assessment
Computer Based Assessment

Scoring Criteria 
Scoring Criteria

Testing Blue-Prints
ELA Blueprint
Math Blueprint

Writing Guides/Rubrics
Grade 3-5 Informative-Explanatory Writing Guide
Grade 3-5 Informative-Explanatory Writing Rubric

Grade 3-5 Opinion Writing Guide
Grade 3-5 Opinion Writing Rubric