• Legislative Updates

  • Arizona College and Career Ready Standards

     – The Newest Iteration of Arizona’s Curriculum Frameworks

    “Embodied in the state’s curriculum frameworks, is the vision that the Essential Skills represent ambitious academic standards. It is assumed that higher order thinking and problem solving skills represent more valuable criteria for school work and are important for the state’s economic well being.” …a statement about the new Arizona Common Core State Standards?

    No.  It’s a quote from a technical report, Reforming School by Reforming Assessments – Consequences of the Arizona Student Assessment Program – ASAP, written in 1997, by Arizona State University. Arizona has been involved in developing standards, assessments and school report cards for decades. The Arizona Common Core State Standards are the most recent review and update. This time, in recognition that families move from state to state, Arizona experts worked in partnership with other states to develop a framework in common, then return to Arizona to modify that framework to fit Arizona’s needs.  For interesting reading and some Arizona history on our state’s involvement in the standards movement, go to http://www.cse.ucla.edu/products/reports/tech425.pdf.  Here you’ll also find information about ASAP and Essential Skills.

    Also, KUDOS to the Arizona business and community leaders who came together to support the Arizona Common Core State Standards!  In a letter to Senate President Andy Biggs, ninety-eight leaders signed the letter in support of retiring the AIMS test, and move forward with an assessment that matches Arizona’s new state standards.  To read the letter, click here.


    Additional resources: 

    Myths and Facts of the Common Core Standards

    Common Core Standards FAQs

    Three-Minute Video Explaining the Common Core State Standards