Student-Teacher-Course Connection

STC Process for AzMERIT End-of-Course (EOC) Mapping

In November 2014, the Arizona State Board of Education adopted a new statewide achievement test, AzMERIT, for Arizona students. Arizona public school students in grades 3 through high school will take AzMERIT. Students taking high school-level courses will take English and Mathematics end-of-course (EOC) assessments that will test their proficiency in these subjects. The testing window for schools administering the computer-based test is March 30—May 8, 2015. The testing window for the paper-based test is April 13—24, 2015.

Click here to download the guide created to walk STC Coordinators through the anticipated process for ensuring 100th-day STC submissions can be used for matching testing materials to the correct students taking EOC assessments.

Update Regarding TIDE — February 20, 2015
Dear STC Users,

The following information is excerpted from an email sent to District Test Coordinators this morning (February 20) by the ADE Assessment Division. In brief, the last set of STC data uploaded to TIDE did not reflect all the appropriate information. The query has been revised and the new query results will be available in TIDE on March 2, 2015.

Student-Teacher-Course Connection Team
602-542-7378 Option 3

EOC Enrollments in TIDE
The latest student file uploaded to TIDE had faulty inclusion rules around course exit dates. Thank you to all who let us know about the errors they saw in their TIDE enrollments. Your specific feedback was key to determining the exact issue with the inclusion rules. We are correcting the inclusion rules. Only those students enrolled in a state course mapped to an AzMERIT EOC test, without a course exit date or with a 2015 spring semester course exit date should be included in the next and final ADE-produced student file.

For paper-based schools, this ADE inclusion error may result in your test order being incorrect. We will make certain that you have what you need to test your students. If you are short materials, we will work with you to get needed materials to you in time for testing. If you receive too many materials, we may need your extra materials for other neighboring districts.

Please remember that there is no school accountability associated with TIDE enrollment or with the ADE-produced student files based on STC enrollments.

Task List Reminders
Task 4 – The final ADE-produced student file will be based on certified STC 100th-day enrollments as of 5:00 p.m. February 25th. Student Pre-ID labels will be produced based on this file.
Task 5 – Continue indicating in TIDE which students need Braille and Large Print test booklets. Indications entered now will persist through the next student data file upload. To assist you with this task, a short instructional video has been posted on the Test Coordinator page of the AzMERIT Portal ( ).

  • All students requiring Braille, in both CBT and PBT schools, must test using a Braille test booklet and may not participate in computer-based testing. This need for Braille must be indicated on the student’s record in TIDE.
  • All students requiring Large Print in PBT schools must have this need indicated on the student’s record in TIDE.
  • Nearly all students requiring Large Print in CBT schools can have that need met with increasing the default zoom settings for the computer-based test. The Large Print paper test booklet accommodations for students in CBT schools should be provided only for those students whose IEP specifically calls for paper-based testing in lieu of computer-based testing. If the Large Print paper accommodation is selected for a student in a CBT school, the student will not have access to the computer-based test.

Creating the link between teacher, course and student

Teacher and Student

Identifying the connection between the student, teacher and course is vital to student success and academic growth but is often the most difficult to clearly view and understand. The Student-Teacher-Course Connection creates visibility and transparency into the educational progress of students and the people who inspire them.

2014 – 2015

BOY = Jul 30 – Oct 24

40th day = Aug 25 – Oct 17

100th day = Nov 24 – Jan 23

EOY = Apr 27 – Jun 30 **

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With the Student-Teacher-Course Connection, Administration can spot opportunities and proactively act on the relationship between student success, teachers and courses; Teachers can make key decisions that better affect their student’s academic success; and Students can learn and grow according to their ability and potential.

What is the Student-Teacher-Course Connection Program?

This initiative addresses data system requirements from the America COMPETES Act, and must be fulfilled as a condition for funding received by our state and schools through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and Title XIV of the ARRA, known as the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF). Designed to meet these requirements, the Student-Teacher-Course (STC) Connection links students and teachers to individual course sections. With this program, teachers will have richer data to better inform key instructional decisions that affect the academic success of their students, while administrators will have access to better information to enable them to more effectively support the relationship between individual student success, teachers and courses.

The STC Minute
Look for the STC Minute monthly where we’ll highlight updates, tips and tricks and other items sure to walk you through every phase of this important program.

Student-Teacher-Course Connection enables schools to maintain current course names and local course codes but links those courses and codes to a common statewide course framework. Schools continue to enjoy the benefits of local control while Arizona has complete visibility across the Arizona education landscape.