• AzMERIT, high expectations and you

    AzMERIT is the assessment given to third- through 11th-graders in Arizona that determines how students are learning based on Arizona's College and Career Ready Standards. In November 2014, the Arizona State Board of Education voted to replace AIMS with AzMERIT 

    Performance labels for AzMERIT are Highly Proficient, Proficient, Partially Proficient and Minimally Proficient. Cut-off scores for each performance label are determined based on what students at each grade level should know, not by the percentage of questions students answered correctly. See detailed performance level descriptors for AzMERIT

    Students who take AzMERIT may be less proficient than they were on AIMS. Remember: AzMERIT is not at all comparable to AIMS. This decrease is not a reflection of students' learning or the quality of their education. With new standards and a new assessment, we need to redefine our expectations. AzMERIT scores are expected to increase over time, and more rigorous standards mean our students will be better prepared than ever to enter into an increasingly competitive world upon graduation.