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State Mandated Testing Information

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State Mandated Testing Information

Passing classes is just part of the process toward high school graduation. Full-time students are also required to pass the state-mandated standardized test. Pinnacle Charter School offers skill development and preparation activities for all students. Don’t put your graduation at risk. Let our skilled staff help you with your test preparation needs.

Civics test

In 2015, the Arizona legislature passed the American Civics Act (House Bill 2064). This bill will require students, beginning with the graduating class of 2017, to pass a civics test based on the United States Immigration and Naturalization civics questions. Students will be required to score 60% or higher in order to graduate from high school or obtain a high school equivalency certificate. As a courtesy, the Arizona Department of Education, with help from the Maricopa County Education Service Agency and Arizona educators, has developed a mostly multiple choice version of the required test. Please visit: if any further information is needed.

AzMERIT Testing

AzMERIT (Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching) is Arizona’s new statewide achievement test. Arizona is partnering with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to develop tests which are unique to Arizona. In 2010, the Arizona State Board of Education adopted new standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics for all students in Arizona. These academic standards outline what students should know and be able to do at each grade level. With the adoption and implementation of new standards, a new test was necessary.

AzMERIT, based on the new standards, will tell teachers, students and parents if students are on track to be college and career ready upon graduation from high school. The Arizona Science Standards did not change, so students in Grades 4, 8, and high school will still take the AIMS Science test. Students taking high school level English and Mathematics will take End-of-Course assessments that will test their proficiency in these subjects. Only eligible students with significant cognitive disabilities will participate in other alternate achievement tests. Middle School students will take grade level Math, Reading and Writing tests in the fall of each year.

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