• STATE ASSESSMENT INFORMATION

State Assessment Reporting

Frequently Asked Questions about State Assessments

  • Q: Who is tested?

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    A: Arizona students in public and charter schools, grades 3 through 8, participate in state assessments for English language arts and math. Grades 5 and 8 also participate in science assessments.

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  • Q: What subjects are tested? What assessments are used?

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    A: The AzM2 is the general assessment for English Language Arts and Math. AzSCI is the general assessment for science. The Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) includes English language arts, math, and science.

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  • Q: Where do families find individual results?

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    A: AzM2 results for students in grades 3 through 8 are available in ParentVUE. Students who were in grade 8 during the 2020-21 school year were mailed a copy of their results in late July. The AzSCI was in a field test year, so no individual results were shared with Kyrene or families this year. Families will receive MSAA results by early September.

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  • Q: What do the tests measure?

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    A: State assessments consist of items aligned to subject and grade level expectations. In brief, they measure progress students have made in each tested subject. Please keep in mind these assessments are only one measure of student progress. The test is like an annual checkup—an opportunity to observe how students are doing. Just as doctors check height and weight, teachers and families use these tests to check how students are performing in tested subjects. 

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  • Q: What is the best way to use data from standardized tests?

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    A: In any year, a single test score does not provide a complete or precise measure of student achievement. We encourage parents to consider their child’s results within the context of the variety of potential learning disruptions they may have encountered. Assessment results are just one of a number of strategies used by Kyrene to help create a stronger and more equitable education system. We owe it to students to use every piece of information we have to help them succeed.

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  • Q: What resources are available for families?

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    A: The Arizona Department of Education has many resources for families to understand their child’s results and reports, and can be found on their website here: https://www.azed.gov/assessment/parents

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  • Q: What if I still have a question about my child's results?

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    A: Families are encouraged to call their student's school to inquire about student results.

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  • Q: How are results used to assess student needs and learning as a result of the pandemic?

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    A: Kyrene utilizes information from assessments as an important temperature check to better track and address COVID-19 education recovery efforts. The assessment results, when combined with other data, present an opportunity to inform the type of supports students and schools need to be successful. We owe it to students to use every piece of information we have to help them succeed. AzM2 results may also be used to help direct State and Federal relief funds for COVID-related recovery efforts.

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  • Q: How does Kyrene compare to other districts?

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    A: Kyrene continues to outperform State, district, and charter averages.

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  • Q: Will AzM2 be the primary Arizona standardized test moving forward?

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    A: 2021 was the last year for AzM2. The 2022 state assessments will have significant changes, and will be a new baseline for state standardized testing. The new assessment will be ASAA (Arizona's Academic Standards Assessment) and AzSCI.

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Last Modified on September 3, 2021