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Assessment

AzMERIT

Students in grades 3-10 are assessed annually each spring through state mandated achievement tests in English Language Arts and Mathematics. These statewide assessments are used to ensure alignment between district curriculum and instruction and the Arizona Academic Standards, while also providing the district with valuable information on student learning needs. All assessment is conducted online through computer based testing.

AIMS Science

Students in grades 4, 8, and Biology are assessed annually each spring through state mandated achievement tests in Science. These statewide assessments are used to ensure alignment between district curriculum and instruction and the Arizona Academic Standards, while also providing the district with valuable information on student learning needs. All assessment is conducted online through computer based testing.

District Benchmark Assessments

As part of a comprehensive and balanced assessment system, J.O. Combs Unified School District administers quarterly benchmark assessments in ELA and Mathematics using ATI-Galileo online assessments. These are district created and aligned to district curriculum and the Arizona Academic Standards. These assessments are used as evidence of student learning for longer-term instructional planning. The district uses the Galileo Benchmark Assessments to identify curricular gaps between learning expectations and assessment, ensure that the standards are being taught and learned, and identify structural or instructional changes that might be helpful.

Early Kindergarten Screening

The J.O. Combs Unified School District is dedicated to education placement decisions that will best serve the children in our community. Decisions to accept a child for early kindergarten admission will be based on a clear indication that the child exhibits skills in areas of development that will most likely assure a successful kindergarten experience. The screening will be conducted by a team of kindergarten experts and parents will be notified regarding admission within one week. All decisions by the team are final and there will not be additional opportunities for re-screening.
 
By law, students must turn 5 by December 31st of the school year to qualify for early kindergarten testing. Please note that the list below describes general concepts that the early kindergarten test will be assessing:
  • Social Development: How well student separates from parents, follows directions, and interacts with adults and peers
  • Motor Skills: Physical activity, holding a pencil, and using scissors
  • Basic Academic Skills: Knowing shapes, colors, letters, and numbers
If your child has not yet demonstrated these skills, we would like to recommend that you consider our Kinder Prep preschool. Please refer to the Community Education section of our website for additional information regarding Kinder Prep. 
 
The early kindergarten test will be administered in April, May, June, and July. The testing fee is $30. If you are interested in early kindergarten testing, please fill out the interest form below. Should you have further questions regarding this process, please feel free to contact Marcus Berkshire at 480-987-5300.
 
Upcoming Testing Dates (All Testing is complete for the 2019-2020 school year)