Selection of a New Assessment Aligned to the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards
Authority and Need for New Assessment
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.
An assessment should guide instruction by providing educators, students, and families with critical information to improve student achievement. School accountability measures in state law (A-F School Letter Grades, Move on When Reading, Principal and Teacher Evaluations) depend upon an assessment to evaluate our students and schools performance relative to the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards. The State Board is working to select an assessment that provides valid, reliable, and timely data to educators and policy makers to advance the academic success of Arizona students.
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 educational priorities through a very transparent and independent procurement process.
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:
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.
Request for Proposal (RFP)
The Board is dedicated to selecting a new statewide assessment best aligned with Arizona’s values and needs. To that end, at a Special Meeting on Thursday, March 6, at 1:30 p.m., the Board will consider a statement of values to be considered as the Board selects Arizona’s new assessment – values identified during substantial public engagement. These values will be translated into the critical requirements for the Request for Proposals (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.