The Kyrene School District is currently working through timelines for reporting to parents. Once the District receives family letters from the state, information is organized and mailed home. Last year, families received information towards the end of July.
The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) creates family letters that include student results in areas tested. In addition, ADE created example reports and a guide that accompany student letters to help families understand AzMERIT's student results: AzMERIT Family Report Guide, AzMERIT Sample Paper Report - ELA Grade 3, AzMERIT Sample Paper Report - Math Grade 6. Once these reports are received from ADE, District personnel will organize information and mail reports home.
Each student's report has a score that is also identified by one of four performance levels: Highly Proficient, Proficient, Partially Proficient, and Minimally Proficient. Cut scores for the performance levels are based on grade level expectations. On the AzMERIT Resources pages, of the state webpage, there is a link to for grade level expectations: performance level descriptors. In addition, the report includes a breakdown of performance by categories within each subject as well. This helps create a better understanding of how students perform within the subject areas.
Families are encouraged to call their student's school to inquire about student results. School leaders are available to address questions and many have scheduled/are in the process of sharing information (i.e. websites, newsletters) and/or scheduling school opportunities to report results (i.e. coffee chats, parent organization meetings). Check with your school to find out if something has been scheduled.
No, results between AIMS and AzMERIT cannot be compared. AzMERIT was adopted by the State Board of Education in November of 2014. It replaced the previous state assessment (AIMS) for the subject areas of English Language Arts (ELA) and math. Test items are aligned to Arizona's College and Career Ready Standards and performance levels were identified to measure student's mastery of the more rigorous standards. AzMERIT is not at all comparable to AIMS as the two tests measure different skills.
AzMERIT is based on Arizona's College and Career Ready Standards. In its first year of implementation (Spring 2015), the percentage of students passing AzMERIT was less than the percentage who passed AIMS. This does not mean that students learned less. Rather, results show a clearer picture of whether students are on track for college or career upon graduation. Grade level proficiency on AzMERIT means that students are progressing through more rigorous standards and are on track for the next grade level. A passing score on the AIMS test showed that students met the minimum expectation for that grade. A passing score on AIMS did not mean a student was on track for college or career upon graduation. A passing score on AzMERIT means a student is on track for college or career upon graduation, or the next grade level as they progress through school. Students who pass AzMERIT show that they meet a higher expectation for that grade.