Standards and Assessments


Arizona English Language Arts Standards
This is an overview of the standards for language arts that demonstrate a K-12 progression of skills for reading, writing, listening, speaking and the use of language effectively in a variety of content areas. 
Publication Date: December 2016
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education

Arizona Mathematics Standards
This is an overview of the standards for mathematics that demonstrates a K-12 progression of skills that emphasize problem-solving, quantitative reasoning, and modeling.
Publication Date: December 2016
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education

Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards – Social Studies
The content and skills of all five strands are designed to be taught in the context of Social Studies in grades K-8. At the high school level, content area knowledge and skills are course specific. The high school strands reflect frameworks for complete courses of study in each of the content areas represented by the five strands.
Publication Date: Updated 2006
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education

College-and Career-Ready Standards and Assessments
This document explains the expectations for the federal government, states, districts, and schools to meet benchmarks for the college and career readiness of America’s students.
Publisher: U.S. Department of Education

Improving College and Career Readiness for Students with Disabilities
The brief examines issues and strategies related to preparation and readiness for postsecondary education and careers and includes examples of current programs and policies that help students with disabilities to successfully transition to college and career.
Authors: Betsy Brand, Andrew Valent, and Louis Danielson
Publication Date: March 2013
Publisher: American Institutes for Research


Accommodation Guidelines: Selecting, Administering, and Evaluating Accommodations for Instruction and Assessment
This manual is divided into sections to address the topics of accommodation selection and use in instruction and as they pertain to specific state assessments.
Publication Date: July 2017
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education

This webpage offers information for Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching (AzMERIT), the new statewide achievement test adopted by the Arizona State Board of Education.
Publication Date: November 2014
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education

AzMERIT End-of-Course (EOC) Testing Guidance
This document provides guidance regarding which courses include AzMERIT End-of-Course (EOC) testing and which students participate in AzMERIT EOC testing.
Publication Date: March 2017
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education

Balanced Assessment Framework
This assessment framework guides educators in how to utilize the appropriate assessment practice for each purpose and how to use the data obtained from each type of assessment to ultimately improve student achievement.
Publication Date: March 2018
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education

Formative and Summative Assessment
This article discusses three types of assessment: diagnostic, formative, and summative and explains distinct differences between the three.
Publisher: Northern Illinois University, Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center

Formative and Summative Assessments in the Classroom
This article defines formative and summative assessment and offers examples and further discusses the importance of balancing assessments.
Authors: Catherine Garrison and Michael Ehringhaus
Publisher: Association for Middle Level Education

Formative Assessment That Truly Informs Instruction
This position paper discusses varied purposes of assessment and highlights the central importance of teacher decision making in the process of assessment that informs instruction and improves student learning. 
Publication Date: October 2013
Publisher: National Council of Teachers of English

Guidance for IEP Teams on Participation Decisions for the NCSC Alternate Assessment
This document is intended to help guide Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams to determine whether the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) Alternate Assessment, an alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards, is the most appropriate assessment for an individual student. 
Publication Date: Revised November 2014
Publisher: National Center and State Collaborative

How Classroom Assessments Improve Learning
This article explains three ways teachers need to change their approach to assessment in order to use assessments to improve instruction and student learning.
Author: Thomas Guskey
Publication Date: February 2003
Publisher: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA)
The Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) is a comprehensive assessment system designed to promote increasing higher academic outcomes for students with significant cognitive disabilities in preparation for a broader array of post-secondary outcomes.
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education

Quality Performance Assessment: Harnessing the Power of Teacher and Student Learning
The purpose of the Quality Performance Assessment (QPA) Framework is to provide guidance to teachers and administrators on how to design a performance assessment system that include the elements of aligned instruction, task design, and data analysis.
Authors: Christina Brown and Pascale Mevs
Publication Date: February 2012
Publisher: Center for Collaborative Education

The Impact of Formative Assessment and Learning Intentions on Student Achievement
This brief begins with an analysis of current research linking formative assessment to academic performance and then moves into a discussion of learning objectives’ impact on student outcomes.
Publication Date: August 2014
Publisher: Hanover Research