New Statewide Assessment

Selection of a New Assessment Aligned to the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards

Authority and Need for New Assessment

The Arizona State Board of Education (the Board) is responsible for prescribing the minimum course of study for public schools, adopting statewide academic standards, and selecting a statewide assessment to measure the Arizona academic standards. These Board adopted measures are considered by governing boards and charter schools as they fulfill their local responsibility to prescribe curricula, criteria for the promotion of students, and any course of study or competency requirements greater than those prescribed by the Board.

ARS §15-741 requires the Board to adopt and implement a test to measure pupil achievement.   A new assessment aligned with the fully implemented standards must be selected for use in School Year 2014-2015.  The current AIMS test, which is not aligned to the existing standards, will be used for the last time in Spring 2014, as the state contract is expiring.

Process for the Adoption of a New Assessment

This year, the Board is devoted to the selection of a rigorous assessment to measure student learning and inform the State’s accountability measures.

The Board intends to select a rigorous, cost efficient, statewide assessment aligned with Arizona’s academic standards and educational priorities through a transparent and independent process as required by the state’s procurement procedures.

Request for Information (RFI)

In late 2013, the Board issued a Request for Information (RFI) to identify all existing assessment options that may meet Arizona’s needs.

The Board received the following six responses to the RFI:

Cambridge International Examinations

College Entrance Examination Board

CTB / McGraw-Hill

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / Riverside

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers – PARCC 

Pearson

These RFI responses will inform the development of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the final selection of an assessment, and will additionally inform the legislative budget process as policy makers determine the funding available for the new assessment.

Adoption of Key Values

The Board is committed to adopting a new assessment best aligned with Arizona’s values and needs. Incorporating feedback from parents, educators, and business and community leaders, the Board adopted a statement of values to be used as the basis for the requirements of the Request for Proposals for the selection of the new statewide assessment.

Request for Proposal (RFP)

In order to have the new statewide assessment in place for the 2014-15 School Year, the Board expects to issue the RFP for the selection of the new statewide assessment in Spring 2014, and intends to complete the procurement process in Summer 2014.

This page will be updated as further information regarding the procurement process becomes available.