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What is the Arizona Merit (AzM2)?

The Arizona AzM2 (Arizona's Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching) is designed to provide information about what students know in core academic areas. This test replaces the old AIMS testing and is administered online to most students in Arizona.

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State Testing Information for Arizona

Portions of the following material were taken from the Department of Education website. Please consult your state's education website for further information on the actual tests administered for your school.

What is AzMERIT?
AzMERIT (Arizona’s Measurement of Educational
Readiness to Inform Teaching) is Arizona’s new
statewide achievement test. Arizona is partnering
with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to
develop tests which are unique to Arizona.

Why does Arizona need this new test?
In 2010, the Arizona State Board of Education
adopted new standards in English language arts
and mathematics for all students in Arizona.
These academic standards outline what students
should know and be able to do at each grade
level. With the adoption and implementation of
new standards, a new test was necessary.

How is AzMERIT different from the AIMS test?
Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards
(AIMS) tested the old standards. Spring 2014 was
the last time AIMS was administered for reading,
writing, and mathematics.

AzMERIT, based on the new standards, will tell
teachers, students, and parents if students are on
track to be college and career ready upon
graduation from high school.

The Arizona Science Standards did not change, so
students in Grades 4, 8, and high school will still
take the AIMS Science test.

High school students graduating after December
31, 2016 will no longer be required to pass the
AIMS test to graduate high school.

Who will take AzMERIT?
Arizona public school students in Grades 3
through high school will take AzMERIT.
Students in Grades 3 through 8 will take an
assessment in English language arts and
mathematics at their grade level.

Students taking high school level English and
mathematics will take End-of-Course assessments
that will test their proficiency in these subjects.
Only eligible students with significant cognitive
disabilities will participate in other alternate
achievement tests.

When will the test be given?
Students will take AzMERIT in the spring. Schools will inform students
and parents of specific testing dates within these

How will AzMERIT be administered?
AzMERIT will be computer-based. For schools
that are not yet ready to administer a computerbased
assessment, a paper-based version will be

Schools will have the ability to opt-in to the
computer-based test if they feel they have the
resources to successfully administer the test in
this manner.


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