The Assessment Section is responsible for statewide assessment of students enrolled in Arizona Public Schools. The section works closely with educators in the development and administration of our assessments. All Arizona public schools, including districts schools and charter schools, are required to properly administer state and federally mandated assessments.
Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) is a Standards Based Assessment. AIMS measures student proficiency of the Arizona Academic Content Standards in Writing, Reading, Mathematics, and Science and is required by state and federal law.
Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards Alternate (AIMS A) is a Standards Based Assessment that measures student proficiency of the Alternate Arizona Academic Content Standards in Reading, Mathematics, and Science. It meets federal requirements to assess students with significant cognitive disabilities.
A norm-referenced assessment is required by state statute in reading, language arts, and mathematics in second grade through high school. It measures a student’s national percentile ranking in those areas.
Arizona’s English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA) is a Standards Based Assessment that measures a student’s proficiency of the English Language Proficiency Standard. AZELLA meets both state and federal requirements in assessing the language proficiency of students identified as second language learners and determines placement for appropriate instruction.
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a national assessment of academic content outlined in the NAEP Academic Frameworks. The assessments are given to a sample of students in in Grades 4, 8, and 12. There are no individual student, school or district scores.