STATE ASSESSMENT INFORMATION
Frequently Asked Questions about State Assessments
Q: Who is tested?
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.
Q: What subjects are tested? What assessments are used?
A: The Arizona's Academic Standards Assessment (AASA) is the general assessment for English Language Arts and Math. Arizona Science Test (AzSCI) is the general assessment for science. The Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) includes English language arts, math, and science.
Q: Where do families find individual results?
A: AASA results for students in grades 3 through 8 are available in ParentVUE. Students who were in grade 8 during the 2021-22 school year were mailed a copy of their results in June. The AzSCI will be available at the end of August. Results for students in grade 5 will be available in ParentVUE and results for students in grade 8 will be mailed. Families will receive MSAA results by early September.
Q: What do the tests measure?
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.
Q: What is the best way to use data from standardized tests?
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.
Q: What resources are available for families?
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
Q: What if I still have a question about my child's results?
A: Families are encouraged to call their student's school to inquire about student results.
Q: How does Kyrene compare to other districts?
A: Kyrene continues to outperform the state averages. Other district and charter results will be made available by the Arizona Department of Education, typically in the Fall. Kyrene will update the publicly available aggregated results when the Arizona Department of Education releases statewide results.