Testing Information
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We know many parents have questions about the AIMS and SAT tests. Many parents are concerned about how well their child may perform. While we believe that standardized tests are important and help our district to understand where our students stand in relation to our state, we also believe that these tests are just one snapshot of student performance. While we want our students to perform to the best of their ability on these exams, testing should not place undo stress on students. If you have any questions or concerns about these tests, please don’t hesitate to contact the district office or your school office.


What is the AIMS test?

AIMS (Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards) is a test designed to measure student's progress in learning the Arizona Academic Content Standards in writing, reading, mathematics, and science. These standards define what students should know and be able to do at various stages of K-12 education. The state requires that high school students successfully complete the AIMS test in order to graduate.

What is the purpose?

The purpose of AIMS is to improve the academic achievement of all students throughout the state. All Arizona students will take AIMS at grades 3, 5, 8, and high school. The results from these tests will provide parents with a clear picture to see how their children are progressing.

What do the scores mean?

AIMS scores are reported in terms of four performance levels:

  • Falls Far Below The Standard
  • Approaches the Standard
  • Meets the Standard 
  • Exceeds the Standard

Students who meet or exceed the standard have completed the AIMS requirements in that subject area. At the high school level, a rating of "Approaches The Standard" or "Below The Standard" means that a student needs additional to significant study and must retake the test.

What is the SAT?

The Stanford tests students on reading, mathematics, and language to see how well they are doing in school and what we need to do in order to improve their skills. To find out more about this test visit the Stanford Standards site for Arizona listed at the side of this page.