We teach our students about the importance of education, and we aim to help them in every way we can to enjoy learning.
Arizona is working to implement new standards in English language arts and mathematics, called Arizona’s Common Core Standards. The Common Core Standards will ensure your child has the academic knowledge and skills to be successful in college, career, and life. Academic standards set the expectation for what students need to know and be able to do in each grade and subject. They form the foundation of what teachers teach and students learn in the classroom.
The new standards and future assessments will also be consistent across states, which means that as families move to a new state or to a new school district, their teachers will be able to better assess your child’s abilities and know where he/she may need support in a way that is not possible now.
To learn more, visit the Arizona Department of Education.
To see a video explaining the Common Core Standards and to learn more about it, visit the Arizona Department of Education Common Core website.
Arizona K-12 Academic Standards - English Language Arts
Arizona K-12 Academic Standards - Mathematics
Even though Common Core curriculum is embedded into the teaching of all subjects, teachers will still be following the other set state curriculum standards for each subject matter. Check out a listing of all state standards.
In this age of accountability, assessments have become an integral part of an educational system. We use assessments for varying purposes; however, their primary purpose is to drive instructional decisions. It is important that parents have a basic understanding of the assessments used.
AIMS – Science
Dynamic Indicators of Basic Literacy Skills (DIBELS) is an assessment used in grades K-5 to determine if students are on track for success in reading. We give the assessment to all students at the beginning, middle, and end of the year. Students who do not meet the core standards for reading will be progress monitored on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. At the end of the year, all students who meet benchmark will receive a gold medal in reading. To learn more, please read the Parent Guide to DIBELS Assessment.
Math Fact Fluency
District Formative Assessments (DFA)
Hassayampa Elementary staff is committed to working in partnership with you to ensure that your child receives the best education possible. The Arizona State Legislature also recognizes the importance of ensuring that your child and every child have acquired the basic skills necessary to be a contributing member of our community.
“A requirement that a pupil not be promoted from third grade if the pupil obtains a score on the reading portion of the AIMS test, or successor test, that demonstrates that the pupil is reading far below the third grade level.”
Students currently enrolled in kindergarten, first, second and third grades are under the requirements of this legislation. We encourage you to continue to work collaboratively with your child’s teacher to ensure that he/she is acquiring all the skills and strategies he/she will need to be a successful reader. Your child’s teacher will continue to provide you with timely updates on his/her reading progress. If you would like additional information regarding your child’s progress, please contact your child’s teacher.
We look forward to working together to ensure that your child and every child at Hassayampa Elementary becomes a proficient and successful reader.
For more information about “Move on When Reading,” please go to the Arizona Department of Education’s website.