When are students tested? 1
Annually, 3rd through 12th grades
What subjects are tested? 1
What types of questions are used? 1
How are test results used? 1
Improvement of instruction
School performance reporting
What tests are used? 1
Stanford Achievement Test, 9th Edition
Are students with disabilities exempt?
Exemptions given to students identified as: "trainable mentally handicapped, educable mentally handicapped, visually handicapped, hearing handicapped, multiply handicapped, or seriously emotionally
Exemptions given to students not required to attend regular classes in school.
Exemptions given to students with learning
disabilities whose IEPs state that testing would
Exemptions given to students as determined by IEP team.
Tests given to exempt students at parentís request.
Note: The policy is currently being revised to ensure inclusion where possible.
What accommodations are available so
that students with disabilities can participate? 2
List of accommodations approved by state Department of Education.
Accommodations should reflect techniques teachers normally use.
How are scores of students with disabilities
School, district, and statewide reports separate ("disaggregate") scores of students with disabilities from scores of students without disabilities.
In the future, it is expected that school, district, and statewide reports will both combine ("aggregate") and separate scores of students with and without disabilities.
1 Source: PEER Project Survey to expand and update information from Annual Survey of State Student Assessment Programs: Data on 1995-96 Statewide Student Assessment Programs. (Fall 1996). Council of Chief State School Officers.
2 Source: PEER Project review of state policy documents. Documents provided by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO). Information confirmed and updated by the PEER Project through direct communication with state officials.
3 NOTE: The IDEA Amendments of 1997 require that all students be included in statewide assessments.
Arizona Department of Education
Department of Exceptional Student Services
1535 West Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Contact: Kathryn Lund, Ph.D., State Director of Exceptional Student Services
Kelly Powell, State Assessment Director
Arizona Parent Center on Disability
Pilot Parent Partnerships
4750 N. Black Canyon Hwy, Suite 101
Phoenix, AZ 85017-3621
602-242-4366 Voice & TDD
1-800-237-3007 in AZ
Contact: Mary Slaughter / Judie Walker
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