Standardized Testing

AzMERIT (Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching) measures students’ knowledge in the content areas of English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics in Grades 3-8 and High School. Each AzMERIT test is aligned to Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards (AZCCRS).

The Arizona Attorney General has stated any student eligible to take the AzMERIT must take the test.

AzMERIT is a test that measures students’ knowledge in the content areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics in Grade 6-8 and High School.

Here at Primavera, we rely on using data to help formulate decisions that impact your child and the quality of education you expect your child to receive.

Please keep in mind that teachers have multiple ways to measure student learning. AzMERIT is just one of those tools. The results of AzMERIT should be used along with the multiple ways of measuring student learning to ensure grade-level success. For high school students this exam is NOT required for graduation. However, it is the most accurate tool available to measure whether your child is mastering the skills we expect for our students.

Thank you for your support as we use these results to enrich our students’ learning experience.

Who Will Take the AzMERIT Test at Primavera?

All Primavera Online Middle School students grades 6–8 will take the AzMERIT test at the designated testing time periods in the Spring. All Primavera Online High School students grades 9–12 are also required to take the AzMERIT tests in the Fall and Spring. The times during which students are required to test will vary according to courses enrolled in each block (see below for more details).

Primavera Online High School AzMERIT End-of-Course Testing

If you were enrolled or are currently enrolled in any of the qualifying high school End-of-Course (EOC) classes, you will be taking the corresponding AzMERIT EOC test. AzMERIT EOC tests revolve around the second semester of the high school EOC courses, not the first semester. Here is a breakdown of high school EOC tests and their corresponding AzMERIT EOC equivalent.

High School End-of-Course:=AzMERIT End-of-Course Test:
English 9B or English 9B Honors=ELA Writing and Reading 9
English 10B or English 10B Honors=ELA Writing and Reading 10
English 11B or English 11B Honors=ELA Writing and Reading 11
Algebra 1B or Algebra 1B Honors=Algebra 1
Geometry B or Geometry B Honors=Geometry
Algebra 2B, Algebra 2B Concepts or Algebra 2B Honors=Algebra 2

*The AzMERIT EOC English Language Arts tests are divided into two parts: a writing and reading test.

AIMS Science

AIMS Science is a Standards Based Assessment that measures student proficiency of the Arizona Academic Content Standard in Science. It meets federal requirements for student assessment. It is administered in the spring to Primavera students in Grades 8 & 10 and high school. Students in 9th grade who are enrolled in a life science course at the high school level may participate in the Spring administration of AIMS HS Science.

Primavera Online will be administering AIMS Science Spring 2018 at various testing locations.

Testing Dates

Fall 2017 High School AzMERIT Administration Schedule

Test DaysContent AreaApproximate
Time
Computer-Based
Testing Window Fall 2017
Day 1ELA – Writing45-90 minutesTBD
Day 2ELA – Reading Part 1
ELA – Reading Part 2
45-75 minutes
45-75 minutes
 TBD
Day 3Math Part 1
Math Part 2
60-85 minutes
60-85 minutes
TBD

*Testing location, dates and times to be determined (TBD). More information will be posted to the Parent Student Portal (PSP). 

Spring 2018 High School AzMERIT and AIMS Science Administration Schedule

Test DaysContent AreaApproximate
Time
Computer-Based
Testing Window Spring 2018
Day 1ELA – Writing45-90 minutesTBD
Day 2ELA – Reading Part 1
ELA – Reading Part 2
45-75 minutes
45-75 minutes
 TBD
Day 3Math Part 1
Math Part 2
60-85 minutes
60-85 minutes
TBD 
Day 4AIMS Science
*10th graders ONLY
2 hours TBD

AzMERIT Sample Test

A sample test is available for each grade/subject combination and each EOC. These sample tests are approximately one-half length of the operational tests, match the test blueprint and include the same item types. Answer keys are provided in the “Sample Test Scoring Guide” document.

Sample test link: http://azmeritportal.org/sample-tests/

Answer Key– “Sample Test Scoring Guide” link: http://azmeritportal.org/sample-tests/sample-test-scoring-guides/

Online Calculator Tutorial for High School and Middle School

This online calculator is a basic numeric keypad. It will be used on both the Middle School and High School AzMERIT Math tests. The purpose of this tutorial is to explain how to use the Equation Response Editor tool, and to let you practice using it. You will be using this tool to enter answers that are numbers, expressions or equations.

Calculator tutorial link: https://demo.tds.airast.org/eqtutorial/

Link to Graphing Calculator for High School

Desmos Online Graphing Calculator application will be on the High School AzMERIT math tests. The calculator will help with graphing and solving equations. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the online calculator before testing.

High school graphing calculator link: https://www.desmos.com/calculator

FAQs

What is the ELA Score? When the writing and reading tests are scored, the Arizona Department of Education will send Primavera one score: the English Language Arts (ELA) score. The ELA score will include both the writing and reading AzMERIT test results, so it is very important to attempt both AzMERIT tests in order to receive a complete ELA score. If only one test is attempted, there will be no score and the test will be marked as incomplete.

Which EOC tests will the student take if he/she was enrolled in English 12B and Geometry B? Student is eligible for EOC Geometry.

Which EOC tests will the student take if he/she was enrolled in English 9B, English 10B and Algebra 1B? Student is eligible for EOC ELA 9, ELA 10 and Algebra 1.

If you have any questions regarding additional information, please visit Arizona Department of Education, AzMERIT Portal Website.