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Understanding AzMERIT (Click Here)(You will be redirected to Mesa Public Schools Website)

The Florence Unified School District would like to take this opportunity to thank the Mesa School District in preparing information and videos for AzMERIT. This website includes AzMERIT resources in English and Spanish in understanding high expectations. Resources include AzMERIT Assessment Information, Testing Accommodations, and an Informational Video. The AzMERIT resources help us all understand from a teacher and parent view.   

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Introduction

Welcome to the Curriculum and Assessment section of the Florence Unified School District's Website.  This is a place where you can receive more information about how we assess student achievement and how FUSD is leading the way with state and federal testing.  Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.


Resources

Click Here for a PowerPoint presentation on Arizona Common Core Standards.


A new test to better prepare students for career, college and life.

letterhead-banner650.jpgIn continuing to ensure all Arizona children have the opportunity to succeed, the Arizona State Board of Education (Board) announced in November 2014 a new assessment to replace the AIMS Reading, Writing, and Mathematics tests beginning spring 2015.

 

AzMERIT - Arizona's Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching is a computer-based (or paper-based) test which provides engaging questions and measures critical thinking skills for college and career readiness. The test better reflects what our students are learning in the classroom and provides parents meaningful information to know if their children are on track to succeed. Teachers use the new test, which is more strongly aligned to what they are teaching in the classroom, as a tool to measure student progress. Assessments can tell both teachers and parents if a student is mastering a subject, or if they need to spend additional time learning that topic.

 

The Marana district administers a paper-based version of the test. The test is administered in the spring semester. Check with your school for testing dates, times, and other specific test administration information.
 
Students in Grades 3 through 8 will take AzMERIT in English Language Arts and Mathematics at their grade level. The English Language Arts test includes a writing portion and a reading portion. AzMERIT goes beyond multiple choice questions. This means that the test results provide a better indicator of what students have learned during the school year. 


Students in High School will take AzMERIT End-of-Course (EOC) tests in English Language Arts and Mathematics that will test their proficiency in these subjects. The ELA tests include a writing portion and a reading portion. AzMERIT End-of-Course tests are ELA 9, ELA 10, ELA 11, and Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. Students take the test while in the appropriate course. AzMERIT goes beyond multiple choice questions. This means that the test results provide a better indicator of what students have learned during the school year. A passing score on AzMERIT is not required for graduation.

IMPORTANT: Passing the AIMS test is no longer required to graduate high school. High school students do not have to obtain a passing score on a standardized test in order to graduate during school years 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, or 2017-18. 

Students in Grades 4, 8, and high school will still take the AIMS Science test.


For more information on the administration of the new statewide assessment, parent brochures, and resources please visit ADE’s website at http://www.azed.gov/assessment/azmerit/  

Click here to visit the ADE AzMERIT Portal and review the sample tests


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BENEFITS OF AzMERIT
  • Better able to measure students’ readiness for the future
  • Assessments are important tools that give teachers and parents valuable information to support student learning. With the new test, parents will have the peace of mind to know if their child is on track academically and is not falling behind.
  • Students will know if they are prepared for life, career, and college. They will also have a chance to show their critical-thinking skills by applying concepts and showing deeper understanding of a topic on the assessment.
  • Teachers will have additional information to meet the needs of their students.
  • Business leaders will have confidence that our K-12 education system will better prepare our students for life after graduating from high school to prepare for jobs and build a strong economy.
  • The exams will offer computer-based or paper-based innovative item types that better measure students’ mastery of the standards including problem solving and critical thinking skills.      
         
Personal student data has never been, and never will be, shared with the federal government. Student test data is protected via a number of state and federal laws. including: A.R.S. §§ 15-1041 through 15-1045, Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).