Arcadia Testing Information
Testing Coordinator: Sara Johnson
Testing Coordinator Support Assistant: Kristin Hochstatter 480-484-6321
Download Scottsdale School District High School Testing Calendar 2019-2020 HERE
Parents please plan all appointments accordingly as we will not disturb the classrooms during testing times.
Dear 11th Grade Arcadia High School Parent/Guardian and Students,
ACT testing is now complete for the 2019-2020 school year. The student who completed the ACT testing this school year will be receiving their testing scores in the mail directly from the ACT Administration. This may take time as the ACT Administration releases scores at random so please allow time for this to arrive. If for some reason you do not receive scores by the end of May, the school will have a copy that you may have a copy of. A copy of these test score is placed in each students cum files.
PSAT Late Start Schedule: October 30, 2019
Dear 10th and 11th grade Parent and Student:
On Wednesday, October 30th, Arcadia High School will host a PSAT testing session during the school day. Taking the PSAT is a great way to prepare for the SAT test, which assesses critical reading, mathematics, and writing skills. It is a good measurement of how well your student may score on the SAT and can help your student target areas for improvement prior to taking the exam. The PSAT has a total of five short sections (two for reading, two for math, one for writing), taking a total of 2 hours and 10 minutes to complete.
- SUSD fund the PSAT administration for all 10th grade students. All 10th grade students have been registered for the exam, there is nothing your student needs to do on his or her end to register for the PSAT exam. In mid-September, students will have a pre-registration session in one of thier core classes where they will pre-fill their answer sheets and receive thier PSAT practice book. Please note this exam does not count for a grade and it is not a graduation requirement, rather it is an opportunity for students to attain exposure and experience with a college-preparatory exam.
- We have open slots for 11th graders and registration is on a first come, first served basis. To register, students must go to the bookstore and pay the $20 registration fee with cash or check. Seats are limited so timely registration is important. Registration will remain open as long as seats are available.
View your scores online:
Log into your College Board account or create a new account here. New users will automatically link to their scores. Make sure to write down your user name and password. You will need this later when taking the SAT and sending scores to colleges.
Understand your scores:
Click this link to view a short video from College Board. The PSAT is used as a benchmark for college readiness. You can greatly benefit from using this test to improve your academic skills and study to prepare for taking the SAT. Remember improving your test scores will only benefit you. Improving your scores can increase your chances of getting into your top colleges, and could increase the merit scholarship awarded to you by our AZ colleges and many out of state schools.
Use your scores:
College Board has partnered with The Khan Academy to offer an official, online SAT practice course Use THIS LINK to set up personalized study recommendations for FREE!
- All juniors (only) will take the ACT at Arcadia High School. No sign up required, it's paid for by the school district and can be sent to universities in your senior year. The scores can also be used to help you determine which test is better for you, the SAT (PSAT is very similiar) or the ACT, and it can be used as a baseline for FREE study. Look here
- Sophomores who are at the top of their class academically and had a high score may also consider preparing for the SAT and testing early. For these students, studying in the summer and taking the test in the fall can ease their junior year. They will also want to be sure and sign up next fall to take the PSAT again for National Merit consideration.
*If you have questions or need help, please see your Guidance Counselor or visit Jacque Stauff in the Arcadia High School College and Career Center.
CIVICS TEST GRADUATION REQUIREMENT: In 2015, Arizona legislature passed the American Civics Act which requires students in the graduating class of 2017 and beyond to pass a civics test. Students are given this test for the first time in 8th grade and if passed, are not required to take it again.
If a student does not pass this first time, that’s okay! We will offer additional opportunities throughout high school to ensure that students meet this graduation requirement by the end of their senior year. Please use the Civics Test Manual and Study Guide to prepare for this exam.
AzMERIT Now Called AzM2:
***Changes starting 2019-2020***
In the Spring of 2019, the Arizona State Board of Education, with direction from the US Department of Education, made changes to AzMERIT and state testing:
- Extend AzMERIT in both elementary school and high school through Spring 2021
- Continue test question development and refinement reviewed by Arizona educators
- Modify the name from AzMERIT to AzM2
- AzM2 in elementary school will be administered at grade level
- Administer a summative AzM2 in 10th grade. Eliminate end of course testing in high school
Which students/grades take the AzM2?
Arizona public school students in Grades 3 – 8 and grade 10 will take the grade level AzM2 assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics.
There is now no out-of-grade level testing and no EOC testing.
Are there student sample tests?
Yes. Please see follow the AzM2 Website link below.
When is AzM2 administered?
AzM2 is administered in the Spring. See the SUSD Assessment Calendar.
How is AzM2 administered?
SUSD students will complete the AzM2 assessment via computer.
When will the AzM2 scores be available?
Spring 2020 will be sent home by August 2020.
Will a high school student have to pass AzM2 in order to graduate?
No. Passing AzMERIT/AzM2 is not a requirement for graduation.
For other questions or information please reach out to me or refer to the Arizona Department of Education AzM2 Website .
College Board (PSAT) - October 30th
Civics Testing - October 30th, November 6th, December 11th, January 15th and Febuary 12th
CTE - TBD
Fall Benchmark Testing (ELA & Math) - TBD
College Board (PSAT)
Midyear Assessments (AZELLA) - TBD
1st Semester FINALS - December 18th - December 20th
Reassessment of Continuing ELL Students (AZELLA) - TBD
ACT - TBD
Spring Benchmark Testing (ELA & Math) - TBD
State Testing in Science - TBD
CTE - TBD
2nd Semester FINALS - May 19th - May 21st