Department Overview

  • Welcome to the Paradise Valley Unified School District Assessment Department! Our department provides assessments and data to support instructional decisions at all PVUSD campuses. We manage required state achievement tests, AzMERIT & AIMS Science, as well as district assessments.

    Assessments provide information about student learning, inform instruction, measure the effectiveness of our guaranteed and viable curriculum, measure student learning, and close achievement gaps. Assessments are most effective when students and teachers gain information to guide learning. 

    PVUSD Assessment platforms:

    • SchoolCity-SchoolCity Inc. is a premier provider of personalized learning solutions to the K-12 assessment platform industry which provides users with meaningful, timely, and easy to read analytic and assessment solutions that inform decisions and increase student achievement. 
    • Revision Assistant-Revision Assistant is a powerful online revision tool for students in middle and high school. It allows for students to submit responses to teacher-assigned writing prompts, receive instant feedback, and share their work and revisions with teachers.

    Our department is also proud to support campuses receiving Title I funding. Please click on link for more information on Title I.

State Testing


    In November 2014, the Arizona State Board of Education adopted a statewide achievement test Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching (AzMERIT). Arizona partnered with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to develop the test. AzMERIT replaced the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) test, except for the science component. AIMS Science will continued to be administered to students in the 4th and 8th grades, and to students in 9th and 10th grades who take a biology class.
    AzMERIT was designed to be a tool for parents, teachers and students to tell us if your child is on track to succeed in his current grade and in the future. You should use your child’s AzMERIT scores along with classroom assignments, homework, grades, and your conversations with his or her teachers to have a complete picture of how your child is doing. Please contact your child's teachers to talk through the results and how you can work together to help your child.  
    Students in 3rd through 8th grade will take the AzMERIT assessment in English Language Arts and mathematics. Students currently enrolled in high school level English and mathematics classes that satisfy the first three credits required for graduation in these courses will take end-of-course assessments that will test their proficiency in these subjects. Students are not required to pass the AzMERIT assessment to graduate. Currently, the only state test students are required to pass for graduation is the Civics Test.  
    For more information, please visit or visit the AzMERIT Portal

AIMS Science

  • AIMS Science is a standards-based assessment that measures student proficiency of the Arizona Academic Content Standard in Science. It meets federal requirements for student assessment. It will be administered in the spring to students in the 4th and 8th grades, and to 9th and 10th grade students who are taking a biology class. Students are not required to pass the AIMS Science test to graduate. Currently, the only state test students are required to pass for graduation is the Civics Test.

    For more information, visit AIMS Science - Assessment.


Civics Test

  • In 2015, the Arizona legislature passed the American Civics Act (House Bill 2064). Beginning with the graduating class of 2017, this bill requires that students pass a civics test based on the United States Immigration and Naturalization civics questions. This test is similar to the test given during the naturalization and citizenship process, and it includes history, geography, and civics questions that address K-12 social studies standards. 
    Students are required to pass the Civics Test in order to graduate from high school or obtain a high school equivalency certificate. Students must correctly answer at least 60 of the 100 questions on the Civics Test in order to pass. Once a student passes the civics test, the student should not be required to take the test again, regardless of the student’s grade level at the time the test was passed. Students receiving special education services are exempt from obtaining a passing score unless required by an IEP Civics Test.
    Students in grades 8 and 10 are given an opportunity to take the test through their social studies class, while students in grades 9, 11, and 12, who have not yet passed the Civics Test, will have multiple opportunities to take the test during the school year. For students who want additional support in passing the test, a PVOnline study course is available. Please contact your child’s high school for more information.
    For more information, please visit the Arizona State Legislature's website to view the complete text of the statute.
  • Jean Koeppen

    Jean Koeppen 

    Director of Assessment 



    Karen Romano

    Administrative Assistant