Alternate Assessment – AIMS A

Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards Alternate (AIMS A), administer
ed 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 MSAA (NCSC) web page)

Testing Dates and Updates



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


– 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 [The previous Alternate Academic Standards for Reading and Mathematics are no longer applicable; they were removed and archived.]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 [email protected] if you have any questions.

Test Coordinators
Alternate Assessment Test Coordinators
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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.

MSAA (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 MSAA NCSC (ELA and Math).

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


If you have students enrolled in Grades 4, 8, and 10 for the 2016-2017 school year and are eligible to take the alternate assessment, then please schedule time to take the training: Spring 2017 AIMS A Science Training

You may use the AIMS A Science training PowerPoint Presentations to train your Test Administrators.

Spring 2017 AIMS A Science Online Training

Spring 2017 AIMS A Science Training – Session 1

Spring 2017 AIMS A Science Training – Session 2

Spring 2017 AIMS A Science Training – Session 3


Spring 2017 MSAA Training

MSAA – ELA and Mathematics Training

      – March 2017 training modules for both Test Coordinators and Test Administrators.

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

Forms, Manuals & Test Samples


Test Security Agreements:


AIMS A Science 2016 Sample Reports

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 Newsletters
The Examiner assessment newsletter button

The Examiner is a quarterly newsletter for test coordinators. Please visit the Alternate Assessment pages.
(click on the button)

Tech Reports Contact Information

Please contact us by emailing the Alternate Assessment inbox [email protected] or at (602) 542-8239.

Audra Ahumada
Director of Alternate Assessment
[email protected]
(602) 542-4061

Bethany Zimmerman
Alternate Assessment Test Coordinator
[email protected]
(602) 542-3059

Patricia Reynolds
Assessment Specialist for special populations
[email protected]
(602) 364-1296

Angeles Swasey
Program Project Specialist
[email protected]
(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
Email: [email protected]