AzMERIT, high expectations and you

espanol iconAzMERIT is the assessment given to third- through 11th-graders in Arizona that determines how students are learning based on Arizona's College and Career Ready Standards. In November 2014, the Arizona State Board of Education voted to replace AIMS with AzMERIT In Spring 2015, approximately 45,000 Mesa students took AzMERIT assessments in English Language Arts (ELA) and math on computer or on paper. Parents are expected to receive their child's AzMERIT score report by November 2015.

Performance labels for AzMERIT are Highly Proficient, Proficient, Partially Proficient and Minimally Proficient. Cut-off scores for each performance label were determined based on what students at each grade level should know, not by the percentage of questions students answered correctly. See details about AzMERIT

More rigorous standards mean our students will be better prepared than ever to enter into an increasingly competitive world upon graduation. 

How you can help your child

AzMERIT parent picMake sure the lines of communication are open between your child, your child’s teacher and you. Set shared goals for what your child needs to know, and check in regularly on your child’s progress.

Additionally, you can bring learning opportunities into everyday life. Encourage your child to read every day. While cooking, halve or double ingredients and have your child determine the correct amounts. At the grocery store ask him or her to apply discounts to item prices or attempt to predict your total, or to calculate the tip while dining out. Share the morning news with your child and ask him or her to summarize the top stories.

Helpful links

Learn more about AzMERIT and how to support student achievement. Check out the videos and other learning materials.

Arizona Department of Education

Arizona PTA

Be a Learning Hero

Do Your Homework Arizona

Expect More Arizona


Arizona Aims Higher

Math Power Book