AzMERIT is Arizona’s new statewide achievement test. This new test is designed to let schools and families know whether or not their students are on track to be college and career ready by the end of their public school education. MASSA students in grades three to eight take the AzMERIT assessment in English language arts and mathematics.
MASSA's curriculum is designed to prepare students to successfully pass AzMERIT by the end of the school year. The curriculum is aligned to Arizona’s College and Career Ready state standards and is infused with rigorous depth-of-knowledge practice and application. The state sends detailed reports to parents describing their child’s performance on AzMERIT.
The AMS district as a whole has outperformed local schools by an average of over 20% in math, language arts, and science since 2010. MASSA consistently and significantly outperforms schools in the surrounding neighborhood. Both of the AMS Phoenix schools, AMS Flower and AMS Camelback, outperformed 75% of surrounding schools in their first year of existence. AMS Prince outperformed all other Title I schools with >70% free and reduced lunch in the entire state of Arizona in the 2014-2015 school year, and consistently achieves nearly double the passing rate as the state average.
MASSA uses previous state testing results to inform instruction for the following school year. Students scoring below proficiency are offered additional tutoring to aid in their educational growth. Parents can help support their student’s growth by speaking with their child’s teacher or an administrator to better understand their child’s AzMERIT results and to be able to use it to gauge academic progress from one year to the next.