Public Comments for PARCC Assessment

The future of assessment is changing for all students.  All students in Arizona who participate in the general assessment (AIMS) will be assessed with the PARCC assessment in spring of 2015. As educators we have to begin to shift our ideas of what state assessments have looked like to a new development of state assessments.

Please take the time to provide feedback on the draft policy addressing writing accommodations for students with disabilities, your feedback is critical and the careful consideration of allowable accommodations will greatly impact our students.  PARCC will be accepting public comments through February 20, 2013.

2013 PARCC Accommodations Writing – Click on the link to to the left to read the memo from the ADE Assessment Division.

The survey can be accessed at: until February 20, 2013.

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Indicator 13: Secondary Transition Requirements (Significant Intellectual Disability)

This interactive workshop is especially designed for special educators responsible for developing and implementing IEPs that include transition planning for students with significant intellectual disabilities. Examples of age-appropriate transition assessments and interagency collaboration will be provided.

Date: February 19, 2013
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Douglas Unified School District
District Board Room
1132 12th St.
Douglas, AZ 85607

Please visit the Event Registration page – – to register for this event.



Administer AIMS A

The AIMS A test window opens February 15, 2013, and will close March 31, 2013.  Test administrators must administer all sections (performance tasks and multiple choice) to students during school hours.

Please contact Sheila Wells-Moreaux for questions about AIMS A via email or telephone:  602-542-3059.


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A Focus on Coordination & Collaboration: DES-RSA, DES-DDD, and PEAs

A Focus on Coordination & Collaboration: DES-RSA, DES-DDD, and PEAs
A system of coordination and collaboration across stakeholders that impact the life of an individual with disabilities.

This session will give the participants an awareness of:  Two key supports/services for individuals with disabilities that are available while in secondary education and after a student exits from high school (Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services, Rehabilitation Services Administration and the Division of Developmental Disabilities); the roles of each agency in the transitioning of youth with disabilities to adult life; the eligibility requirements for these supports/services; and who to contact. You will be able to ask questions of representatives from these agencies directly.

Date: February 15, 2013

Time: 1p-3p

Where: Catalina Magnet High School

Address: 3645 E. Pima Tucson, AZ 85716

To register for this event, please visit the Event Registration page –

For questions regarding this event, please contact Jeannette Zemeida by email or telephone: (602) 542-3855.

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Beyond the Basics: Using AzCIS for Arizona Educational Initiatives

The Arizona Career Information System (AzCIS) prepares students for success in educational and career planning and eventually into the workplace. Quality and current information and assessment tools can help students learn about themselves and also assist in transition planning during IEP development or the development of the ECAP (Education Career Action Plan). Don’t miss an exciting opportunity to learn from an AzCIS expert and get hands-on experience with the AzCIS in a computer lab setting! The upcoming workshop series will cover the new AidSort tool, using the CIS curriculum for College and Career Readiness, AzCIS Administration tools, and ECAP documentation. There will be time included for questions and lab work throughout the training.

The ADE/ESS will be presenting with Susan Roudebush, Oregon CIS Consultant-Trainer, and will offer four (4) workshop-trainings for AzCIS advanced users. The cost is only $25 per participant! See the attached flyer with dates, locations, and agenda and be sure to register online for a session before all the seats are gone!

Please note: these webinars are not designed for beginner users.

The agenda workshop is found at this link AzCIS Feb 2013 Training Agenda.

Click here – to visit the Events Registration page.

Receive and Distribute AIMS A Test Materials

AIMS A Test Coordinators will receive AIMS A Performance Tasks, complete Section 1 of the Test Packet Count Sheet, and distribute to schools and test administrators/teachers.  Security must be maintained at all times.

Please contact Audra Ahumada if you have any questions about distribution of AIMS A Test Materials via email or telephone:  602-542-4061.


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Enter AIMS A Eligible Students into the AIMS A Application

Test Administrators/Teachers can enter eligible students into the AIMS A Application beginning January 5, 2013 until January 31, 2013.  You must have the student’s SAIS ID, Date of Birth and Gender.

Contact Audra Ahumada with questions about entering students into the application via email or telephone:  602-542-4061.
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Free Mega Webinar: NCSC Math Instructional Supports Roll Out

The National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) has developed instructional supports for teachers and students with significant cognitive disabilities. This live webinar session accompanied by an ADE facilitator will highlight the Math Instructional Supports schools can begin to implement as we transition to a new alternate assessment. It is recommended that a team from the district or charter attend this essential training. The district, school or charter team may include a School Leader, Special Education Director, AIMS A Test Coordinator, Community of Practice Member, and or a Special Education Teacher.

This live webinar can be accessed by attending the session at one of the Regional Educational Service Agencies.

Date:             December 17, 2012

Times:            9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (1 hour break – lunch on your own)

Who should attend?

School Leader, Special Education Director, AIMS A Test Coordinator, Community of Practice Member, or a Special Education Teacher

Six Locations (select one):

WCRSC Regional Training Center – YAVAPAI County Education Agency- Multi-purpose Room
2970 Centerpointe East Dr, Prescott, AZ 86305

Regional Training Center – LA PAZ -Arizona Western College, Parker Learning Center
1109 Geronimo Ave, Parker, AZ 85344

NEAZRC Regional Training Center – NAVAJO County Education Service Agency
294 W. Carlos, Holbrook, AZ 86025

MCESA Regional Training Center- MARICOPA County Education Service Agency – Piestewa Peak Room
4041 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012

ECRS Regional Training Center –PINAL County School Office
1400 N. Eleven Mile Corner Rd., Casa Grande, AZ 85194

SAREC Regional Training Center –PIMA County School Office
200 North Stone Ave – 3rd. Floor, Tucson, AZ 85701

REGISTRATION Instructions:

1.      Go to Event Registration.

2.      There are 6 available locations throughout the state for the “Mega Webinar: NCSC Math Instructional Supports Roll Out” – Please select ONE location only.

3.      Each person from each team attending must also register.

4.      Each registered participant must ensure to print the confirmation page.



Arizona Department of Education

Audra Ahumada, Director of Alternate Assessment


2012 ESS Customer Service Survey Memo

Special Education Directors,

Thank you for taking the time to complete the annual customer survey for Exceptional Student Services. In appreciation, we want to provide you with a summary and plan of action based on your feedback, which can be accessed using this link – ESS 2012 Summary Memo.

For the 2012-2013 school year, Exceptional Student Services will be sending out the annual customer survey in November. We plan to use this data to shape and define our technical assistance and support beginning Spring 2013. The customer survey is your opportunity to tell us how we are doing, so please consider completing the survey when it is sent to you in November 2012.

If you have any questions, please contact me, an ESS Director, or your program specialist.

Have a great day,

Angela M. Denning, M.Ed.

Deputy Associate Superintendent of Exceptional Student Services

Arizona Department of Education

Arizona Disability Benefits 101

Please see the attached flyer for more information about the newly launched Arizona Disability Benefits 101 online tool. When transition planning, an understanding of what going to work will do (or more importantly, not do) to an individual’s benefits is important to families and students who are seeking and accepting employment. Arizona Disability Benefits 101 (AZ DB101) provides online tools that will help stakeholders learn information about this important topic.

Arizona Disability Benefits 101 is brought to you in partnership with the Arizona Rehabilitation Services Administration and Arizona’s Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (1QACMS300122) administered by AHCCCS.