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In November 2014, the Arizona State Board of Education adopted a new statewide achievement test, AzMERIT, for Arizona students. In order to help communicate the purpose of the new test and several important aspects of the upcoming implementation process, the Arizona Department of Education has created a series of helpful resources to guide all stakeholders.

Click the image to visit the AzMERIT Portal and review the sample tests.

AzMERIT Test Administration Information

2016 AzMERIT Test Calendar

Fall 2016
     Computer-Based Test Window

     October 24 – December 2, 2016
     *Writing must be completed by November 18, 2016

Spring 2017
     Computer-Based Test Window

     March 27 – May 4, 2017*

     *Writing must be completed by April 21, 2017
     *Grade 3 Reading and Math must be completed by April 28, 2017

     Paper-Based Test Window
     March 27 – April 7, 2017
     *Writing must be scheduled on March 27 or 28, 2017

Detailed Assessment Testing Calendar for 2016-2017


AzMERIT Testing Conditions, Tools, and Accommodations Guidance

General AzMERIT Information

Types of Assessment

November 23,2015

Types of Assessment

AzMERIT Brochures for Families

March 11, 2015

AzMERIT Grades 3-8 (English)
AzMERIT Grades 3-8 (Spanish)
AzMERIT High School (English)
AzMERIT High School (Spanish)

“The Basics”

The following series of documents (The Basics) is designed to give educators, students, parents, and members of the public more information about what a new statewide assessment means for Arizona. Materials will be updated regularly.

Overview (English)
Overview (Español)

The Selection Process (English)
The Selection Process (Español)

Computer-Based Assessment (English)
Computer-Based Assessment (Español)

End-of-Course (EOC) Testing (English)
End-of-Course (EOC) Testing (Español)

Scoring (English)
Scoring (Español)

State Board Q and A Specific to AIR Award

For more information regarding the selection and RFP process, please visit the State Board of Education’s website.

AzMERIT Modules

AzMERIT Reports The Transition to Computer-Based Testing Resources for Teachers and Students

Support Materials

Click on this link to find support materials such as the ELA Writing Guides and Rubrics, ELA and Math Blueprints, Performance Level Descriptors, and Calculator Guidance.

Sample Tests and User Guide

The AzMERIT Sample Tests are now available and fully operational. We encourage teachers and students to view the computer-based and paper-based item types in Guide to the Sample Test.


Stay Involved

The Arizona Department of Education will be seeking educator involvement in several projects related to the new assessment. If you are interested, please complete or update a committee application.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please email [email protected].