AzMERIT 2019 scores: 54% of AZ 3rd-graders didn’t pass reading test

Jun 20, 2019 by

Arizona’s state test scores are improving, but only by a few percentage points.

Early AzMERIT standardized test results obtained by The Arizona Republic show small increases in the percentage of students passing the test in most grade levels in reading and math.

But the scores still show more than half the students in most categories, including in third-grade reading, aren’t passing the test.

Arizona’s education leaders introduced AzMERIT, an attempt at a reinvigorated state standardized test, in 2015.

Schools have a lot riding on test scores. School letter grades, under the state’s controversial letter-grading system, are largely decided by test scores, and high-achieving schools get extra funding under the results-based funding program.

This is also the first year high schools were able to opt out of the AzMERIT test under the state’s “menu of assessments” law, which allows schools to choose a different assessment over AzMERIT.

Approved exams for high school students include the ACT and SAT exams.

How did Arizona students do?

The table below shows how students did by grade level and how scores compare from last year:

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