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Standardized Testing

AASA Grades 3-8 / AzSCI Grades 5, 8, and 11 / ACT Aspire Grade 9 / ACT Grade 11

Schools have multiple ways to measure student learning with standardized testing being just one of them. While taking standardized tests is not required for graduation, they are the most accurate tools available to measure whether your child is mastering key skills. Thank you for your continued support of Primavera.

AASA Grades 3-8

Arizona’s Academic Standards Assessment (AASA) is the statewide achievement test. Arizona public school students in Grades 3 through 8 will be assessed at their grade level English (ELA) and Mathematics. Primavera Online will administer the AASA as a Computer-Based Test.

An additional test will be administered to Grade 3 students only, the Oral Reading Fluency (ORF) test unit. Each student will read three passages, with a time limit of one minute per passage. The use of a headset with a microphone is required, which Primavera will provide on testing day.

Who Takes the AASA test at Primavera?

All Primavera Online students grades 3–8 will take the AASA test at the designated testing time periods in the Spring.

All 6th Grade

ELA Writing/Reading* and Math 6 tests

All 7th Grade

ELA Writing/Reading* and Math 7 tests

All 8th Grade
ELA Writing/Reading* and Math 8 tests
All 3rd Grade

ELA Writing/Reading* and Math 3 tests

All 4th Grade

ELA Writing/Reading* and Math 4 tests

All 5th Grade
ELA Writing/Reading* and Math 5 tests

*The AASA English Language Arts tests are divided into two parts: a writing and reading test.

AzSCI Science Test

AzSCI is the statewide achievement test for Science. The statewide assessment for science must be administered to students in grades 5, 8, and 11. AzSCI Science is a computer-based assessment. AzSCI Grade 5 test, equally covering domains from Grade 3/4/5 standards. AzSCI Grade 8 test, equally covering domains from Grade 6/7/8 standards. AzSCI Grade 11, cohort 2024, equally covering domains from high school standards.

Testing Schedule

Because AASA and AzSCI science tests must be taken in person, Primavera administers them at various locations and times throughout Arizona.

Spring 2021 Testing Days/Time

Test DaysContent AreaApproximate Time
Day 1AASA ELA – Writing60-90 minutes
Day 2

AASA ELA – Reading Part 1

AASA ELA – Reading Part 2

AASA ELA – ORF Grade 3 ONLY

45-75 minutes

45-75 minutes

15 minutes

Day 3

AASA Math Part 1

AASA Math Part 2

60-85 minutes

60-85 minutes

Day 4

AASA Science

5th, 8th & 11th graders ONLY

2 hours

ACT Aspire Grade 9

ACT Aspire is the statewide high school achievement test administered to students in Grade 9/Cohort 2026 in Spring 2023. While ACT Aspire is being discontinued at a national level, ACT is supporting ACT Aspire as Arizona’s Grade 9/Cohort 2026 Statewide Assessment. The ACT Aspire is a timed test, the timing of each subject test varies by subject. The ACT Aspire will be administered in one day as a Computer-Based Test.

ACT Grade 11

ACT is the statewide high school achievement test administered to students in Grade 11/Cohort 2024 in Spring 2023. The ACT is a timed test, the timing of each subject test varies by subject. The ACT Aspire will be administered in one day as a Computer-Based Test.

ALL TESTS: TESTING DATE AND LOCATION DETAILS ARE EMAILED TO STUDENTS AND PARENTS AND VARY BETWEEN TESTING SEASONS AND LOCATIONS.

AASA/AzSCI/ACT Aspire/ACT FAQs

What is the ELA score?

When the writing and reading tests are scored, the Arizona Department of Education will send Primavera one score: the English Language Arts (ELA) score. The ELA score will include both the writing and reading AASA test results, so it is very important to attempt both AASA tests in order to receive a complete ELA score. If only one test is attempted, there will be no score and the test will be marked as incomplete.

Does my student have to take the test(s)?

Yes, the student will take the assessment if he/she is eligible to take the test and must take the test with us if student is enrolled with Primavera.

Is this test a requirement for graduation?

The AzSCI, ACT Aspire, or ACT assessments are NOT a requirement for graduation. While taking the assessment is not required for graduation, the tests are the most accurate tools available to measure whether your child is mastering key skills.

Prepare for Tests:

AASA: Sample Tests – Directions: Select Arizona, then click on “Mic Check and Sample Tests”
AzSCI Sample Tests – Directions: Select Arizona, then click on “Mic Check and Sample Tests”
ACT Aspire: Student Sandbox and Exemplar Booklets
ACT: Practice Tests

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