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Testing in Arizona: An Overview

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By GreatSchools Staff

AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles

Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to provide an indication of overall student performance at each school. The profiles for elementary and middle schools are based on: the percent of students passing the AIMS test, the improvement or decline of AIMS scores over three years, the percent of students in each grade making year-to-year academic progress (indicated through the Measure of Academic Progress results, or the MAP), and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). High school profiles are based on AIMS, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates. Using these indicators, the state rates schools as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Why do AZ LEARNS profiles matter?

A designation of Underperforming or Failing suggests that the overall student population at the school is not meeting the state's expectations. Schools designated as Underperforming face state mandated consequences; they must, among other things, notify the public of their designation, and develop and implement a school improvement plan.

What if my child attends an underperforming or failing school?

If your child attends an underperforming or failing school, ask what steps the school is taking to raise achievement levels for all students and what you can do to help. Because underperforming schools are likely to face consequences under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, your child may be eligible to receive federal and/or state money for tutoring or to transfer to another school.

Why do some schools not have AZ LEARNS profiles?

If a school has a small number of students with valid AIMS scores, the state does not calculate a profile for that school. If your school's profile is not listed on GreatSchools, contact your principal to find out more.

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Comments from readers

"I want to agree with the first comment here (despite the rediculase) because s/he is absolutely right. The tests measure nothing except how well the child takes tests, and yet are driving our schools away from teaching the critical thinking skills that our kids--and our world--need. "
"WOW! rediculase? no comment... "
"In my opinion the AIMS test is a useless peice of garbage for our kids to have to take in order to graduate. The already take enough tests in school SAT's, the Standford Test ect. They need ato take so many test while in school to see where they are and to meet expectations for college than you throw up a new test (AIMS) that they have to pass in order to graduate which is rediculase. Some of these students study so hard and work so hard and pass all their classes through 12th grade but if they dont pass AIMS they don't graduate. Who is the idiot who though of this test? The math even has stuff on it that the students are never taught like discreete math and so on. My son didn't even know about discreete math untill he took it in college, and you idiots are putting that on out kids test that dont even know about it or heard of it. What about kids with an IEP? What happens to them they are just left to suffer. Last year over 1000 students didnt graduate because they didnt pa! ss the AIMS, so now they cant get into college you guys screw up our childrens future by making them take that test. Colleges donm't care wheter they take the AIMS or not they only care if they have a diploma and at least a 2.29 GPA. Some colleges require a hirer GPA but they dont require the AIMS. Get your head out of each other's asses and get rid of the AIMS. Our children have enough tests to take. "