Alternate Assessment – AIMS A

Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards Alternate (AIMS A), administered by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE), 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)

Testing Dates and Updates

AIMS A Science February 15 – March 31, 2016
This assessment will continue to be administered with multiple choice and performance tasks.
NCSC ELA and MathematicsSpring 2016 click here to access NCSC web page


AIMS A Science – (grades 4, 8, and 10 only)
NCSC ELA and Mathematics (grades 3-8 and 11th grade)

Alternate Assessment Eligibility Combined Form (NCSC / AIMS A)


– Alternate Assessment based on Alternate Achievement Standards (AA-AAS) – this is a term that is used to describe an Alternate Assessment. Alternate Achievement Standards are not the same as Alternate Academic Standards.

– Alternate Achievement Standards descriptors of how well a student may demonstrate proficiency via the alternate assessment.

– Alternate Academic Standards standards developed for students with significant cognitive disabilities and were aligned to Arizona’s Academic Content Standards. [The previous Alternate Academic Standards for Reading and Mathematics are no longer applicable; they were removed and archived.]

Please contact us at (602) 542-8239 or at if you have any questions.

Test Coordinators

Teachers/Test Administrators

AIMS A Science (grades 4, 8, and 10 only) This assessment will continue to be administered with multiple choice and performance tasks.

NCSC ELA and Mathematics (grades 3-8 and 11th grade)

IMPORTANT: IEP teams must remember to address assessment eligibility and accommodations for both alternate assessments, AIMS A (Science) and NCSC (Math and ELA).
-NCSC (Math and ELA) assesses eligible students grades 3–8 and grade 11.
-AIMS A (Science) assesses eligible students grades 4, 8, and 10 or second year of high school.

Information regarding NCSC accommodations and eligibility criteria can be located on the ADE NCSC Webpage under General Information.


2015-16 Mandatory Alternate Assessment Test Coordinator Training

AIMS A Science
– November 2015 – Specific Dates TBD

NCSC – ELA and Mathematics
– March 2016 – Specific Dates TBD

Please contact us at (602) 542-8239 or at if you have any questions.

Forms, Manuals, Training Presentations & Test Samples

Alternate Assessment Eligibility Combined (NCSC/AIMS A)

The following forms will be available November 2015:

Training Manuals/PowerPoint Presentations

2016 AIMS A Science

      PowerPoint Presentation and Manuals will be available in November 2015

2015 AIMS A Test Coordinator Manual
2015 AIMS A Test Administration Directions

Test Samples

AIMS A Test Samples 2013

Tech Requirements

The multiple choice section of the AIMS A Science may be completed on desktops/laptops, or on white interactive boards, I-pads.

Videos & Webinars


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Tech Reports

Contact Information

Please contact us by emailing the Alternate Assessment inbox or at (602) 542-8239

Audra Ahumada
Director of Alternate Assessment
(602) 542-4061

Cynthia Roller
Alternate Assessment Coordinator
(602) 542-3059

Patricia Reynolds
Professional Development & State Assessment Specialist
(602) 364-1296

Angeles Swasey
Program Project Specialist
(602) 542-8239

Physical Location
Arizona Department of Education
Exceptional Student Services/Assessment
Alternate Assessment
1535 West Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 542-8239