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
-Testing Window: February 15 – March 31, 2017
This assessment will continue to be administered with multiple choice and performance tasks.

MSAA ELA and Mathematics
– Testing Window 2016-17: March 30 – May 12, 2017

UPDATES

  • AIMS A Reporting Portal-July-Aug 2016
  • Eligibility

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

    Terminology

    – 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 [The previous Alternate Academic Standards for Reading and Mathematics are no longer applicable; they were removed and archived.]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
    Select Alternate Assessment
    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.

    Training

    2016-17 Mandatory Test Coordinator Training

    AIMS A Science
    – 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. Fall 2016 online training for Test Coordinators only. TCs will then be responsible for training any staff that will be administering AIMS A Science.

    MSAA (NCSC) – ELA and Mathematics
    – Spring 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.

    Previous Year PowerPoint Presentations -AIMS A Science:

    Forms, Manuals, Training Presentations & Test Samples

    Forms

    Test Security Agreements:

    Manuals & Training PowerPoint Presentations

    PowerPoint Presentations -AIMS A Science:

    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 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)

    Tidbits Newsletters

    2015:Tidbits JUNE 2015;Tidbits MAY 2015;Tidbits APRIL 2015;Tidbits MARCH 2015;Tidbits FEB 2015;

    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]