Az MERIT Testing

We need to re-examine why we test students at all. My plan is to significantly reduce the emphasis on AzMERIT as the only state level assessment that measures students’ proficiency in English language arts and math. Teachers and schools should be using a variety of assessment tools in thoughtful ways so that teachers know, on a real-time basis, if a student is on the path to proficiency or not and can in turn provide assistance on an individualized basis. Mandated statewide testing should only be confirming what teachers and schools already know about student performance.