01 Mar AzM2 State Testing Begins in April
Thank you for partnering with us in educating your child. We know this has not been an easy year, and we are grateful for your support! We are asking for your continued assistance as we prepare for students to take the Arizona state-mandated tests. This letter is to inform you about our plan for the upcoming state testing.
Each year, all students in grades 3-8 and grade 10 take a statewide achievement test called the AzM2 or the Alternative Assessment. Testing of all students is a federal and state mandate that is tied to school accountability and funding for our schools. The AzM2 is just one indicator that measures how students are performing in reading, writing, and math, and if students are on track to succeed in college and career. In addition, the District uses the results to improve instruction and better meet the academic needs of all students.
Students in the Phoenix Elementary School District will begin taking the AzM2 in April, and the Alternative Assessment begins in late March. In addition, the tests will be given in person at school. Below are a few points to help in planning:
- Transportation will be available for students who normally ride the bus to and from school.
- Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all students at no cost to families.
- Schools will implement health and safety procedures, outlined in the District’s Reopening Plan that was mailed to families in December, to keep students healthy and well. This includes all students and staff wearing masks while on school buses and at school.
We want to assure parents that your child’s health and well-being is our priority and we have measures in place to safely test students in person. In the near future, your school principal will communicate the testing schedule, safety protocols, and specific procedures for in-person testing. If you have questions about the state test, please contact your school principal.