Standards and Assessments
 


Standards

Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards – English Language Arts/Literacy
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: October 2013
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education

Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards – Mathematics
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: October 2013
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

General Overview of Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics
This document provides general information regarding Arizona State Board’s June 2010 adoption of Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards (AZCCRS) – English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics.
Publisher: Arizona 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

Assessments

Alternate Assessment – NCSC
This webpage offers detailed information regarding Arizona’s adoption and the administration of the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) Alternate Assessments for ELA and Mathematics. 
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education

AzMERIT
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

AzMERIT Information Sheet
This fact sheet gives information on AzMerit, a statewide achievement assessment that is unique to Arizona.
Publication Date: 2015
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 strategies.it further discusses the importance of balancing assessments.
Authors: Catherine Garrison and Michael Ehringhaus
Publisher: Association for Middle Level Education

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

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