Arizona's Academic Standards Assessment (AASA) is the statewide achievement test for grades 3-8. All Arizona public school students in these grades will take the grade-level AASA assessments in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math. The state has decided to allow a menu of assessments for high school students. Tucson Unified will use the ACT test.
Please keep in mind that teachers have multiple ways they measure student learning. AASA/ACT is just one of those tools. Throughout the school year, teachers use many assessments to determine how students are doing in their classrooms, including classwork, homework, quizzes, projects, and teacher and counselor observations. We use the results from AASA/ACT along with these other assessments to ensure each child is on track to succeed.
Arizona is asking more from our students so they can achieve their full potential. The AASA/ACT tests measure a wide range of real-world skills, like critical thinking, problem-solving, and analysis. For high school students, this exam is NOT required for graduation. It provides an accurate tool to measure how well your child is mastering the skills expected of young people in higher education and as they begin their careers.