AzMerit test results released: How'd it go?

Posted at 8:18 AM, Dec 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-01 10:18:36-05

The Arizona Department of Education released its results of its new standardized test, AzMERIT, on Monday.

This was the first year students took the Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching (AzMerit), which was adopted in November 2014 to replace the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) test.

AzMerit measured students’ levels of proficiency in Language Arts English and Math and was only open to students in grades three through 12.

According to the data, 34 percent of students demonstrated proficiency in English Language Arts (ELA) and 35 percent were proficient in math.

Of that, only 7 percent of student demonstrated “highly proficient” in ELA compared to 11 percent in math, records show. That means more than half the students tested demonstrated “minimal” to “partial proficiency,” in either subject.

The data gets broken down either further by school district and county.


The state scores also include students who took an alternative assessment through the National Center and State Collaborative. The assessment is provided to students with severe cognitive disabilities.