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.

AzMERIT home page

Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) Science
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 Science home page

The Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) is a comprehensive assessment system designed to promote increasing higher academic outcomes for students with significant cognitive disabilities in preparation for a broader array of post-secondary outcomes. The MSAA is designed to assess students with significant cognitive disability and measures academic content that is aligned to and derived from your state’s content standards. This test contains many built-in supports that allow students to take the test using materials they are most familiar with and communicate what they know and can do as independently as possible. The MSAA will be administered in the areas of ELA and Mathematics in grades 3-8 and 11. Arizona will administer the MSAA Alternate Assessments for ELA and Mathematics.

Arizona MSAA (NCSC) home page

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.

AIMS A home page

Arizona’s English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA) is a Standards Based Assessment that measures a student’s English language proficiency based on the Arizona English Language Proficiency Standards. AZELLA meets both state and federal requirements in assessing the language proficiency of students identified as second language learners and determines placement for appropriate instruction.

AZELLA home page

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a national assessment of academic content outlined in the NAEP Academic Frameworks. The assessments are given to a sample of students in Grades 4, 8, and 12. There are no individual student, school or district scores.

Arizona NAEP home 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.

Arizona International Assessments home page