Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards – formerly known as Arizona’s Common Core Standards – are now fully implemented at all grade levels in Arizona’s district and charter public schools in math and English/language arts. Arizona adopted more rigorous standards in these two core subject areas in June 2010.
Why New Standards?
The move to adopt more rigorous standards originated with Arizona’s participation in the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association. The aim was to encourage states to voluntarily adopt standards that encompass the knowledge and skills that high school graduates need to succeed in college, careers and life. More than 40 states have done so. Most states, including Arizona, created their own standards, modeling them on a voluntary, collaborative, state-led standards initiative known as the Common Core.
Learn more about Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards
Standards vs. Curriculum
State standards exist for all subject areas, from math and English to P.E. and art. They define what students are expected to know at various stages of their education. They do not tell teachers how to teach or prescribe what textbooks or curriculum must be used in the classroom. In Arizona, those decisions are made in local communities, in schools and classrooms.
Assessing Mastery of the Standards
In Spring 2015 Arizona students were tested for the first time to measure their mastery of the math and English/language arts standards adopted in 2010. AIMS, which measured the state’s old standards through 10th grade and was a requirement for graduation, is no longer required to be administered.
The new statewide achievement test is called AZMerit. In November 2014, the Arizona State Board of Education adopted AzMERIT for Arizona students.