Important MOWR Updates

Published: May 15th, 2017


The 3rd grade AzMERIT reports were released this week to district testing coordinators. The MOWR results can be found in column Z of the data spreadsheet. If a student’s score on the reading portion of the AzMERIT demonstrates that the student’s reading level falls below the MOWR cut score, the student should be retained and provided the intervention and remedial strategies consistent with ARS §15-701 , unless that student meets one of the exemptions listed in the statute. A student who is retained and receives summer school reading instruction or interventions may be promoted to fourth grade if sufficient progress is made as demonstrated through local reading assessment data.


For the upcoming school year, all schools and districts with K-3 students will be required to submit a K-3 literacy plan on or before October 1, 2017. The literacy plan is intended to guide the comprehensive programming of K-3 literacy within schools to support the goal that all students read at grade level by the third grade.

As you may know, there have been recent legislative updates that revise Arizona’s Move on When Reading statutes. These recent changes to the MOWR legislation require augmented reporting requirements within the literacy plans.

Below is a brief overview of the new and continuing required elements for the K-3 literacy plans. The full text of SB1131 can be found HERE.
Components for 2017-18 click to download file

We know that changes bring questions, and we are here to help. We are in the process of creating guidance to support your understanding and compliance with these new requirements. These guidance materials will be released throughout the summer so that they are in place for the start of the next school year when you complete your K-3 literacy plan. Please visit the MOWR webpage during the summer to check for updates and new guidance documents. If you have questions at this time, please email MOWR