Testing and Assessment FAQs
If there are grades, how will they be determined?
The Arizona Virtual Academy (AZVA) is a mastery-based program in grades K–5, which means students master concepts and lessons before moving on to the next lesson. Students will be required to submit assignments to their teachers for evaluation and feedback. Teachers will assess mastery and provide quantitative feedback in the secondary grades. Quantitative grading begins in 6th grade at AZVA and 7th grade in Insight Academy of Arizona.
What tests are required as part of the program?
In a virtual setting we use testing just as any other school would: to monitor student achievement as well as to highlight any areas of need. There are several tests that are considered mandatory for our students. They include the following:
- Scantron Performance Series (Required computer adaptive test completed at home). This district test is taken by students at their home in the fall (or when a student starts at our schools) & again in the spring.
- AzMERIT Grade Level Testing (Required testing completed in person on computers at approved testing centers across the state). This is a mandatory test from the Arizona Department of Education for all students in Grade 3-8. Students will complete testing in English Language Arts (ELA), a three part test; Writing, and two Reading parts, and a two part Math test.
- AzMERIT End of Course Testing (Required testing completed in person on computers at approved testing centers across the state). This is a mandatory test from the Arizona Department of Education for any student in a class that requires this End of Course test. Students in the final semester (or B version) of the following classes; 9th, 10th or 11th grade English classes, Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 are expected to participate in this required test.
- AIMS Science (Required paper based testing completed in person at approved testing centers across the state). This is a Standards Based Assessment that measures student proficiency of the Arizona Academic Content Standard in Science. It is administered in the spring to students in Grades 4th, 8th, and 10th grade students (also 9th grade students taking Biology can complete).
Do I have to participate in state testing?
All students are required to participate in state testing, and are subject to withdrawal if they do not participate.