Standardized Testing in Arizona
Testing Our Students
Tests are part of school life anywhere you live, and it’s no different in Arizona, where standardized testing to gauge student progress is taken seriously to encourage student success.
According to the Arizona Department of Education, the statewide educational assessment program includes the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) test, which is broken out into several tests, depending on grade level, and is designed to measure each student’s progress in learning the Arizona Academic Standards.
These particular standards define what students should know and be able to do in reading, writing and mathematics through the course of a student’s K-12 education, and are grouped into Readiness (Kindergarten), Foundations (grades 1-3), Essentials (grades 4-8), Proficiency (grades 9-12), and Distinction (9-12).
Beginning with the class of 2006, 10th grade students must pass the AIMS High School (AIMS HS) test to graduate. Students in grade 10 take the AIMS HS assessment and continue to test twice a year in grades 11 and 12 until they have met or exceeded the standard in each area tested, including reading, writing and mathematics.
For more information about the AIMS test, include a description of content, guidelines and sample tests, visit www.ade.state.az.us/standards/aims.