The 2014-2015 school year will require full implementation of Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards at all grade levels. The new Summative Assessment System reflects Arizona’s Common Core Standards in English language arts and mathematics. It is important to understand that:
- Implementing Arizona’s Common Core Standards – English Language Arts at all grade levels is robust preparation for both the remaining AIMS reading and writing assessments and for Arizona’s new assessment system in 2015.
- Implementing Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards – Mathematics will require strategic planning to ensure that students have the required grade level content for the remaining AIMS math assessment while preparing for the new Summative Assessment in 2015.
It is essential for educators be fully engaged in instructional and formative assessment practices that align to Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards. The Arizona Department of Education will continue to offer professional development that will meet the needs of educators throughout the state.