Beginning in School Year 2021-2022 the State of Arizona will begin administering the Arizona’s Academic Standards Assessment (AASA) for English Language Arts and Mathematics. Previous and similar assessments were called AzMERIT and AzM2. These assessments are aligned to the Arizona Standards which were adopted December 2016. The AzSCI assessment is also administered, this assessment is aligned to the Arizona Science Standards.
The State Board of Education developed the A-F Accountability Framework and started releasing A-F letter grades based on state assessments beginning with the 2016-2017 school year. The A-F Accountability Framework continues to be refined by the State Board of Education on a yearly basis.
On February 2, 2021 Governor Doug Ducey signed into law HB2402. The law addressed testing and accountability for the current school year. HB 2402 states, in part:
“Sec. 2.A. Notwithstanding any other law, the department of education may not assign schools or school districts letter grade classifications pursuant to section 15-241, Arizona Revised Statutes, for school year 2020-2021.” In compliance with this law there are no report card scores for 2020-2021.