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New state mandated testing for writing, math, and reading is set to occur during the month of April.  Students in grades 3-8 will have three days of testing.  The assessments are not timed.  For most students the writing assessment is expected to take 90 minutes.  Testing of reading and math skills will occur on day two and day three of testing.  Testing is expected to take 120-160 minutes for most students on day two and three.  By state mandate, the results will not be used for grades or promotion.  Additionally, 4th and 8th grade students will be taking the state mandated science exam.

More information will be sent out from your child's teacher regarding specific dates.

Students do their best on these tests when they:
  • eat breakfast
  • get a good night's sleep
  • are encouraged by adults
  • use the test-taking strategies their teachers taught
  • read the questions more than once
  • use process of elimination
  • give their best effort

When we return from break, we will be quickly approaching AZMerit testing. It is critical that every student is at school, on time, in order to learn. Our students cannot succeed if they are not in school.