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The Maricopa Unified School District administers both standardized and classroom assessments at each school site. These assessments provide students, teachers and parents with information about how well a student is learning essential knowledge and skills in the academic areas of reading, writing, mathematics, and science. Data from these assessments also help teachers and administrators identify students who would benefit from additional or different opportunities to learn, improve classroom instruction for students, recognize areas of focus for school and district improvement efforts, and monitor student progress towards meeting educational standards. 





AzMERIT (Arizona's Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching) is Arizona's new statewide achievement test administered to students in 3rd through 12th grade. Students will take AzMERIT in English Language Arts and Mathematics at their specified grade level each year. In high school, students will take AzMERIT end-of-course tests in English classes in 9th through 11th grade, along with Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. Click below for additional information regarding AzMerit. 

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How to read and understand your child's AZMerit test results



The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) are a set of procedures and measures for assessing the acquisition of early literacy skills from kindergarten through sixth grade. They are designed to be short (one minute) fluency measures used to regularly monitor the development of early literacy and early reading skills. DIBELS are comprised of seven indicators of the skill area they are designed to assess. Each DIBELS measure is a quick and efficient indicator of how well a child is doing in learning a particular early reading skill.

These indicators include:
Phonemic Awareness: Hearing and using sounds in spoken words
Alphabetic Principal and Phonics: Knowing the sounds of letters and sounding out written words. 
Accurate and Fluent Reading: Reading stories and other materials easily and quickly with few mistakes.
Vocabulary: Understanding and correctly using a variety of words. 
Comprehension: Understanding what is spoken or read. 

DIBELS were designed for use in identifying children experiencing difficulty in acquisition of basic early literacy skills in order to provide support early and prevent the occurrence of later reading difficulties. Maricopa Unified uses DIBELS to establish an understanding of each student's current reading ability, pinpoint areas of improvement to focus instruction, monitor progress, and evaluate the effectiveness of school-wide reading instruction. 





SchoolCity is comprehensive, standards-based, and research supported. The system provides an array of standards-aligned and innovative curriculum, assessment, instructional effectiveness, and reporting tools. Use of the system facilitates advancements in teaching strategies, assessments, and implementation of instructional effectiveness initiatives.

Assessments within the system are valid, reliable, and aligned to local Arizona standards. SchoolCity’s testing interface offers streamlined navigation and supports testing tools similar to those students are likely to encounter in statewide testing (e.g. calculators, marked-for-review, strike-through and note capabilities). Instructional Dialogs support building and implementing local online district/charter specific curricula with units, lesson plans, homework assignments and formative assessments.


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