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.

To view our PVUSD school report cards please visit, AZ School Report Cards.

State Testing

AzMERIT

In November 2014, the Arizona State Board of Education adopted a statewide achievement test, Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching (AzMERIT). 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.

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.

For more information, please visit AzMERIT-ADE-Assessment or 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.

For more information visit, AIMS Science-Assessment.

AZELLA

The Arizona English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA) is a standards-based assessment that meets both state and federal requirements to measure students’ English language proficiency. AZELLA is used for both placement and reassessment purposes. Students who have been identified as second language learners on the Home Language Survey take the AZELLA placement test, and the students’ proficiency scores determine appropriate placement for instruction. Students who have been placed into an English language learner program will also take the AZELLA reassessment once per year until they achieve proficiency. Students who have scored proficient on the AZELLA are then monitored for two years to help ensure success after their move into a mainstream classroom.

For more information visit, AZELLA-Assessment.

Civics Test

In 2015 Arizona passed the American Civics Act, which requires students to pass a 100-question civics test in order to graduate from high school. 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 must pass this test with a 60 percent or higher.

For more information about the statute visit, AZ Statute-Civics.

MSAA

The Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) is a comprehensive assessment system designed to promote increasing higher academic outcomes for students with significant cognitive disabilities in preparation for a broader array of post-secondary outcomes. The MSAA is designed to assess students with significant cognitive disability and measures academic content that is aligned to and derived from your state’s content standards. This test contains many built-in supports that allow students to take the test using materials they are most familiar with and communicate what they know and can do as independently as possible. The MSAA will be administered in the areas of ELA and Mathematics in grades 3-8 and 11. Arizona will administer MSAA for ELA and Mathematics.

For more information visit, MSAA-AZED-Assessment.

NAEP

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the only assessment that measures what U.S. students know and can do in various subjects across the nation, states, and in some urban districts. Also known as The Nation’s Report Card, NAEP has provided important information about how students are performing academically since 1969. NAEP is given to a representative sample of students across the country. Each year schools across the U.S. are choosen at random. Results are reported for groups of students with similar characteristics (e.g., gender, race and ethnicity, school location), not individual students. National results are available for all subjects assessed by NAEP.

For more information visit, NAEP.