Pursuant to state statute, the State Board of Education adopted a menu of locally procured achievement assessments for grades 9-12, referred to as the Menu of Assessments (see below), to measure pupil achievement of the state academic standards. Local education agencies will be able to select an assessment from the Menu to administer in high schools in lieu of the statewide assessment.
Assessments on the Menu must: 1) be high quality; 2) meet or exceed the level of rigor of the state academic standards; and 3) be able to be scaled for accountability purposes (A.R.S.15-741.02).
Selecting a High School Assessment
Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, local education agencies will be able to administer an assessment from the Menu to high school students in lieu of the statewide assessment. A local education agency may select different assessments for each school within its jurisdiction. For example, a district with three high schools may select ACT for High School A and SAT for High School B and continue to administer AzMERIT for High School C.
School districts and charter schools must notify the state by July 1 of its selection through a form developed by the Board and the Arizona Department of Education. Please check back on this website for the form (also please note that local education agencies are not required to provide notification for schools that will continue to administer AzMERIT).
Schools that select an assessment from the Menu are required to administer the selected assessment for three consecutive academic years.
- Currently, local education agencies must procure an assessment selected from the Menu.
The assessments listed in the attachment below are either: 1) a nationally recognized assessment that is accepted by universities for the purposes of awarding college credit or admissions; 2) an early college credit examination adopted by the Arizona Board of Regents; or 3) an assessment adopted for the Grand Canyon Diploma (A.R.S. 15-741.02).
Menu of Assessments
Assessment providers may request the addition of an assessment not on the Menu by submitting an evaluation from a third party that demonstrates the assessment meets the requirements outlined above and in statute. To comply with statutory deadlines, assessment providers must submit the evaluation by April 9 for the Board’s consideration.
Menu of Assessments Timeline
Menu of Assessments Policy
Assessment Application for Evaluation