AzMERIT Updates


December 22nd, 2014

Computer-Based Testing Opt-In Deadline, Regional AzMERIT Trainings, and AzMERIT Item Review

ADE is pleased to share the following important AzMERIT information:  

  1. Schools that have the ability to administer the computer-based version of the test are encouraged to do so. An equated, paper-based version of the test will be available to schools that do not have the ability to administer the computer-based version or choose not to administer the computer-based version. Schools opting to administer the computer-based version of AzMERIT must indicate that selection in ADE Connect by January 5, 2015.
  2. In order to provide AzMERIT information to a wider audience, regional trainings will be presented in conjunction with an AzMERIT informational conference for district and school administrators and other educational leaders. The informational conferences will be held in the same location as the test coordinator trainings but will be in a separate room. Please click here to view a list of informational conferences designed for school and district administrators.
  3. Last week a committee of 90 Arizona educators reviewed potential AzMERIT passages and items. Every AzMERIT passage and every AzMERIT item that will appear on the Spring 2015 AzMERIT tests was approved by this committee. The Assessment Section is greatly appreciative of the work this committee did, their focus on producing an excellent test for AZ students, and their willingness to leave their classrooms at this very busy time of year for this purpose. The Assessment Section is also greatly appreciative of the schools and districts that allowed their teachers the opportunity to participate in this committee.
  4. ADE asked the Attorney General’s office to update their letter regarding parent requests to opt-out of state-mandated testing. The updated letter is posted on the Assessment Section’s Technical and Legal Resources webpage and is linked here. This letter states quite clearly that parents may not opt their public school children out of AzMERIT testing.

For more information on the administration of AzMERIT, please visit our website at www.azed.gov/AzMERIT.

 

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November 26th, 2014

AzMERIT Technology Requirements and Revised Detailed Testing Calendar Now Available

The Arizona Department of Education is pleased to share the addition of the following resources to the AzMERIT website: 

  1. The technology requirements for computer-based testing have been posted on www.azed.gov/AzMERIT under “The Transition to Computer-Based Testing.”

  2. AzMERIT testing session information and scheduling guidance is included in the revised Detailed Testing Calendar posted on www.azed.gov/AzMERIT under “AzMERIT Test Administration Information.”

As Arizona continues to transition to AzMERIT, ADE will be seeking educator involvement on several projects. If you are interested in getting involved, please complete or update a Committee Application.

For more information on the administration of AzMERIT, please visit our website at www.azed.gov/AzMERIT.

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November 21st, 2014

AzMERIT Blueprints, Recorded Presentations, and RSS Feed Now Available

The Arizona Department of Education is pleased to share the addition of the following three resources to the AzMERIT website:

  1. The AzMERIT testing blueprints have been posted on www.azed.gov/AzMERIT under “Additional Resources for Teachers and Students.”
  2. A three part AzMERIT presentation has been posted on www.azed.gov/AzMERIT under “General AzMERIT Information.”  This is was presented at the MEGA Conference general session on November 20, 2014 and is available as a PowerPoint and a narrated PowerPoint presentation.
    • Part I – From AIMS to AzMERIT (approx. 10 minutes)
    • Part II – What is AzMERIT (approx. 13 minutes)
    • Part III – Preparing for AzMERIT (approx. 11 minutes)
  3. We now have an RSS feed for updates to the AzMERIT website.  To subscribe, click here.
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November 18th, 2014

Updated “Basics” Documents and New Dedicated Email Now Available

The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is working to provide AzMERIT information to all stakeholders in a timely and efficient manner. ADE will be communicating with district testing coordinators weekly; they have been asked to share relevant AzMERIT information with their superintendents and other staff members within the district. Additionally, ADE will provide you an update on AzMERIT every two weeks. Below is a brief update on the new assessment and a summary of the information that was sent to testing coordinators the past two weeks.

Earlier this month, the Arizona State Board of Education (Board) adopted a new statewide achievement test, AzMERIT. Students in Grades 3 through high school will take AzMERIT in English Language Arts and Mathematics.

ADE has worked diligently and expeditiously to implement AzMERIT and will continue to strive to deliver excellent customer service by providing timely and informative materials to students, parents, teachers, school administrators, and education stakeholders throughout the transition to this new test.

During the past two weeks following the Board’s announcement, ADE has shared important information with Arizona’s education stakeholders, including testing windows and resources designed to help schools communicate with parents.

We are also pleased to be able to provide two additional updates that we hope will help ease the transition:

  1. The Basics series of one-page informational documents have been revised to be AzMERIT specific. English and Spanish versions are posted at www.azed.gov/AzMERIT under “What Does AzMERIT Mean for Students and Schools?”
  2. The Assessment section has a new email address dedicated to AzMERIT issues: [email protected]. Please send any AzMERIT questions to this email address.

As Arizona continues to transition to AzMERIT, ADE will be seeking educator involvement on several projects. If you are interested in getting involved, please complete or update a Committee Application.

For more information on the administration of AzMERIT, please visit ADE’s website at www.azed.gov/AzMERIT.

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November 18th, 2014

Detailed Testing Calendar and Parent Letter Spanish Translation Now Available

The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is pleased to share two pieces of important information with you.

1. ADE now has the AzMERIT testing windows for next spring.

Testing Windows for Spring 2015 AzMERIT Grades 3-8 and all End-of-Course Tests

Computer-based:  March 30 – May 8, Writing test must be completed by April 24.

Paper-based: April 13 – 24

To view the detailed testing calendar, click here.

2. The parent letter announcing AzMERIT has been translated to Spanish and can be accessed by clicking here.

Please visit our website at www.azed.gov/AzMERIT often as we will continue to post new resources there as they become available.

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