AZ Merit Testing – Apr 1, 2 & 3

Dear Desert Marigold School Families Grades 3-11,

We are writing to inform you that the statewide mandatory AZ MERIT testing will be held in the areas of Writing, Math and Reading on April 1st, 2nd and 3rd. It is imperative that the children in grades 3-11 are present at school and on time on the testing days. Testing starts at 8:30 am each day, the entire day will be available for completing the daily test sections.

The BEST preparation for your child is a good night’s sleep and a nutritious breakfast. Ideally, students should not be under any undue stress about the testing. The day will have a different rhythm than the usual one. Classes will resume after the morning testing period.

Please have your child come prepared with something they can do silently at their desks in case they finish early. They may bring things like books, paper and pencil, word searches, Sudoku, crossword puzzles, a sketch pad, beeswax, or handwork.

Test results will be reported back from the Arizona Department of Education around the beginning of the 2019-20 school year. For further information see
on our website, which states our policy on testing, including the state standardized tests.

If you would like additional information on AZ Merit, go to the AZ Merit Student and Family Resources portal found at:

If you have any additional questions, please contact Pax Piper, Director of Curriculum and Instruction by calling the office 602-243-6909 or email

DMS Administration