Alternate Assessment Test Coordinators

Updates and Timelines- The AIMS A Final Verification process begins April 1, and ends April 15, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
- Final Verification Directions 2014; and  - AA Update Spring March 2014 Final
NCSC (National Center and State Collaborative)
click here to access NCSC web page
 New 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. 
*Important note* IEPs, Alternate Academic Standards, and Arizona College and Career Standards (AZCCRS): 2013-2014 is a transitional year for assessment. To be eligible for the alternate assessment, students must continue to have goals and objectives aligned to our alternate standards. However, as a state we have already fully transitioned to the implementation of the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards (AZCCRS), and teachers are utilizing them for instruction and IEP development. Incorporation of both into IEPs is necessary and can be accomplished by integrating alternate academic standards along with those from AZCCRS. Teachers can reference the NCSC instructional resources for assistance in taking the next steps in accessing the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards (AZCCRS).We will continue to use Arizona Alternate Academic Standards for Science until further notice.
Tuitioned Student Flow Chart
AIMS A Eligibility Form 2013-14
2014 AIMS A Test Security Agreement- AIMS A Test Coordinator
2014 AIMS A Test Security Agreement (signed by each test administrator.  This form is to be retained on file at the  district/charter)
PRESENTATIONS-Online Training: Session 1 AIMS A Regional Training 2013 2014 
Session 2 AIMS A Regional Training 2013 2014  and Session 3 AIMS A Regional Training 2013 2014
Testing Information -2014  Training Manuals:
2014 AIMS A Test Coordinator Manual and 2014 AIMS A Test Directions Manual
Test Samples AIMS A Test Samples 2013
Alternate Academic Standards
ELA and Mathematics The State of Arizona has adopted the College and Career Ready Standards (AZCCRS) for ELA and Mathematics. As Arizona prepares to transition to a new alternate assessment, it is important that all teachers become knowledgeable about the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards. It is imperative that special educators are very familiar with the new format and shifts in the student standards so that they will be able to navigate through National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) instructional supports.
Science Grade K-High School  – We will continue to use Arizona Alternate Academic Standards for Science until further notice.
[The previous Alternate Academic Standards for Reading and Mathematics are no longer applicable; they were removed and archieved. Please contact us at (602) 542-8239 or at if you have any questions.]

Performance Tasks Videos - The following Performance Tasks Script and Lessons in PDF format are available for you to download. You MUST have an active account with IDEAL in order to view the videos. Once you have access to IDEAL, sign in and the videos can be accessed through “Curriculum Resources” located on the left side menu. Then select AIMs for Educators, click “Go”; then under ”Resources” click AIMS A Performance Tasks Scoring Rubric Demonstration.  *The 3rd video will not display unless you clickshow score context” that will pop up at bottom of your screen.
Performance Tasks Script and Lessons Demonstration 1 FINAL
Performance Tasks Script and Lesson Demonstration 2 FINAL
Performance Tasks Script and Lessons Demonstration 3 FINAL 
AIMS A Performance Task SCORING RUBRIC 1

Tidbits Newsletters
2014: Tidbits Newsletter FEB 2014; JAN 2014    2013: NOV-DEC 2013   OCT 2013   Tidbits Newsletter AUG-SEPT 2013  JUNE-JULY 2013 
Technical Reports for AIMS A
          AZ Standard Setting FINAL Report 2009
Performance Level Descriptors PLDs 
Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs)
Testing Resources
AIMS A Parent Guide (English)  
AIMS A Parent Guide SPANISH   

Stanford 10
Alternative Assessment of Severely Disabled Students

Contact Information
Arizona Department of Education
(602) 542-8239 —Email:
Exceptional Student Services Bin #24
Alternate Assessment
1535 West Jefferson, Phoenix, AZ 85007

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