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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. Please check this page often as we will regularly be adding new resources including vendor-specific documents.

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

AzMERIT Test Administration Information

School Year 2015-2016 AzMERIT Test Calendar

Fall EOC Testing Only

     Computer-Based Test Window
     October 26 – December 4*
     *Writing must be completed by November 13

     Paper-Based Test Window
     October 26– November 6

Spring 2016

     Computer-Based Test Window
     March 28 – May 6*
     *Writing must be completed by April 15

     Paper-Based Test Window
     March 28 – April 8

Detailed Assessment Testing Calendar for 2015-2016 – coming Fall 2015

AzMERIT End-of-Course (EOC) Testing Guidance for Spring 2015


AzMERIT Testing Conditions, Tools, and Accommodations Guidance for Spring 2015

General AzMERIT Information

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)

Accountability (English)
Accountability (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

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, and Calculator Guidance.

Sample Tests and User Guide

The AzMERIT Sample Tests are now available and fully operational.

This short presentation provides an introduction to the tools for the AzMERIT Sample Tests; click on the links below to view.

Press Releases and Letters


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