PVS 2020/2021 AzM2 & AzSCI Testing

Dear PVS Parents of Students in Grades 3rd – 8th,

We are approaching the time of year again for statewide standardized testing. In addition to being required by state law, these tests can be good measures of learning that is occurring throughout our state, county, and school, as well as in each classroom and with each student.

As you likely know, Arizona-produced AzM2 and AzSCI tests to assess students’ mastery of Arizona’s challenging Career and College Readiness Standards. Additional information, including Sample Tests, can be found at https://www.azed.gov/assessment/azm2/.

Testing will be in the same format as last year:

  • AzM2 tests are taken online, in testing sessions of about 1-2 hours each. Writing can take longer.
  • All Grades 3 thru Grades 8 students will take a writing test, a reading test, and a math test. (In addition, 5th & 8th graders will continue to take the AzSCIence test.)
  • The format of AzM2 tests is more challenging, going well beyond a traditional multiple choice format. Tests feature short answer, drop and drag, and requirements to explain thinking.

As a part of our rigorous daily learning, students and teachers have been preparing all year to do their best on these tests. We want to make sure we have optimal conditions for students on test days. Here at school, we will minimize distractions and optimize your child’s test schedule. We will also provide a comfortable, quiet environment for all test takers.

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP YOUR CHILD PREPARE:

  • Please make sure your child is here at school on scheduled test days. We can administer make-up tests in case of illness, but this is difficult and disruptive. Please do not schedule vacations or appointments on test days.
  • Please be sure your child gets a good night’s sleep before each test day. This can have a major positive impact on their ability to “show what they know.”
  • Please be sure that your child gets plenty of rest the night before, and has a positive, calm morning on test days.

2020/2021  PVCS Statewide Testing Schedule

5th/8th GRADE

AzSCI

3rd-8th GRADE AzM2

WRITING

3rd-8th GRADE AzM2

ELA & MATH

Tuesday,        March 23       Wednesday,   March 24 Tuesday,     April 6 Tuesday,        April 13       Thursday,       April 15

Tuesday,        April 20       Thursday,       April 22

MAKE UP TEST DAY –  SCI

Thursday,       March 25       Friday,            March 26

MAKE UP TEST DAY –  WTG

Wednesday,   April 7

Thursday,       April 8

Friday,            April 9

MAKE UP TEST DAY -ELA/MA

Wednesday,   April 14

Friday,            April 16

Wednesday,   April 20

Friday,            April 23

PVS 2021 Testing Calendar