The Assessment Section is responsible for statewide assessment of students enrolled in Arizona public schools. The section works closely with educators in the development and administration of our assessments. All Arizona public schools, including districts schools and charter schools, are required to properly administer state and federally mandated assessments.
Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching
In November 2014, the Arizona State Board of Education adopted a new statewide achievement test, AzMERIT, for Arizona students. In order to help communicate the purpose of the new test and several important aspects of the upcoming implementation process, the Arizona Department of Education has created a series of helpful resources to guide all stakeholders. Please check this page often as we will regularly be adding new resources including vendor-specific documents.
Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)
AIMS Science is a Standards Based Assessment that measures student proficiency of the Arizona Academic Content Standard in Science. It meets federal requirements for student assessment. It is administered in the spring to students in Grades 4, 8, and high school.
AIMS HS is a Standards Based Assessment in the content areas of Writing, Reading, and Mathematics. Students graduating from high school on or before December 31, 2016 must pass all three content areas of AIMS HS. AIMS HS will be administered every October and February through 2016. More information about the high school graduation requirement can be found here.
Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards Alternate (AIMS A) is a Standards Based Assessment that measures what students know and are able to do in the content area of Science as presented in the Arizona Alternate Academic Standards. Students will receive test reports with specific information detailing their progress toward meeting the standards. For the content areas of ELA and Mathematics, please click here to access the ADE NCSC web page.
Arizona participates as part of the U.S. sample results in the following international assessments:
- PISA: Program of International Students Assessment assessing a sample of 15 year old students every 3 years in the content areas of mathematics, science, and reading literacy.
- PIRLS: Progress in International Reading Literacy Study assessing a sample of Grade 4 students every 5 years for reading achievement.
- TIMSS – Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study assessing grade 4, 8, and 12 students every 4 years in the content areas of math and science.