We are now beginning to prepare for the Az MERIT test!
What is the Az MERIT?
Az MERIT is a computer-based test which provides engaging questions and measures critical thinking skills for college and career readiness. For schools that are not yet ready, a paper-based version will be available. AzMERIT is aligned to Arizona’s state learning standards which detail what students should be able to do at each grade level. The test is designed to measure student learning and progress towards readiness for college or career. Arizona controls the decision making for all aspects of the tests including test content, scoring, and reporting. Arizona educators are involved in the development of AzMERIT.
What Does AzMERIT mean for students?
AzMERIT replaces AIMS for reading, writing, and math. This means students will no longer take AIMS for these subject areas. AzMERIT is also shorter than AIMS. This means your student will spend less time taking state tests than in previous years. Students in Grades 3 through 8 will take AzMERIT in English Language Arts and Math 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. AzMERIT will allow for faster score reporting.
Writing: The writing portion will require students to read a few passages and then write about them. This type of task requires students to think deeper about topics and use evidence to support their thinking.
Reading: The reading portion will be administered in two parts. This will ensure students have ample time to read and answer questions. The test will also contain editing tasks to measure student awareness of fundamental skills like spelling and grammar.
Math: The math portion will be administered in two parts. This will ensure students have ample time to read and answer questions. The test will ask questions that check a student’s conceptual understanding of math as well as their procedural skills.
When will students take AzMERIT?
Students will take the Az MERIT between April 2-13.
How to prepare at home!
Reinforce critical thinking skills- You can reinforce skills at home by reading with your child and asking them to talk about the central idea or theme of book or article. Ask them to explain something they have written. Have them explain the steps they took to solve a math problem.
Practice at home- You can support your child by learning about the skills being assessed on the test, as well as what sample questions might look like and talking with them about it. We will be taking the test on the computer, so practicing on the computer at home would be helpful. You can access sample tests on the Az MERIT portal. Just follow this link! http://azmeritportal.org/sample-tests.stml
Keep Track of Test Days- You can make sure other activities are kept to a minimum. Ensure school takes priority over practices, appointments and trips.
Serve a Healthy Breakfast-Research has shown the impact eating breakfast has on academic performance. Focus on foods that are healthy and a good source of energy. Less healthy choices such as donuts and sugary drinks can leave your child feeling tired and hungry just an hour or two later. A nutritious breakfast will help them stay focused and alert!
Sleep-Make sure your child gets enough sleep the night before test days and in the days leading up to tests.
Don’t Stress-Your stress can carry over to your child. By keeping your own stress levels down, you can help them succeed. Try to emphasize to your child that they do not have to be perfect, and that you’ll support them no matter what.
Talk to ME- Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you have.