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Arizona Administrators' ESSA-Aligned Guide to Planning for the New School Year

Arizona Administrators' ESSA-Aligned Guide to Planning for the New School Year

Planning for the new school year is top of mind for Arizona district and school administrators. To support you in the planning process, we put together this blog post, which takes a closer look at Arizona’s ESSA goals and provides you with curated list of our best resources.

Boost Arizona Standards Mastery and AzMERIT Achievement

Arizona’s long-term academic achievement goal is for at least 90% of students to demonstrate proficiency by the 2039–40 school year.

Building foundational reading and math skills and increasing the number of students who perform above mastery level on the AzMERIT is an ongoing challenge. The following resources can help you take a fresh approach to your instructional programs or refine your current practices.

Student Growth in Arizona: Unpacking SGP and SGT and the Impact on School Ratings

This blog post is about Arizona’s two growth measures, Student Growth Percentile (SGP) and Student Growth to Target (SGT). It discusses how those measures impact school and district ratings.

Formative Assessment Workbook

Frequent, standards-based formative assessments are a critical piece of effective data-driven instruction. Our formative assessment workbook provides a framework for implementing formative assessments throughout the lesson cycle. Its planning forms and data-tracking worksheets can be used across multiple subjects and grade levels.

Reading & Literacy

It’s a well-known fact that a strong foundation in literacy is key to future academic success in any subject. Arizona’s Move on When Reading policy helps ensure success for its students as they move through school, college, and careers. This workbook evaluates the many facets of structuring an effective, research-based reading and language arts block and helps you select the appropriate technology tools to support your approach.  

Blended Learning Workbook

Bring the best parts of online learning and traditional instruction together in a blended learning program. Blended learning programs come in many forms and enable scalable personalized learning. Use this workbook to get your district’s or school's blended learning program started.

Blog: 10 Creative Ways to Formatively Assess Your Students

This fun, GIF-filled blog post is great to share with teachers to help them get some fresh, creative ideas for ways they could assess students!

Address Achievement Gaps and Support English Learners and Special Education Students

With a long-term goal of closing proficiency gaps by 50%, Arizona demonstrates its commitment to educating all students, including special student populations. Check out the following resources, which provide strategies for meeting the needs of students who fall under that special student population category.

Special Populations Program Planning Worksheet

Use this worksheet to plan programs to address the needs of special populations of students.

Personalized Learning Workbook

Personalized learning allows educators to meet the varying needs of all learners, improving learning outcomes. This workbook takes the guesswork out of personalized learning by providing a step-by-step plan from development to implementation.

ELL Blog Collection

This collection of blog posts addresses topics like back-to-school strategies to support ELLs, ways to prepare ELLs for high-stakes assessments, and more. 

Special Education Blog Collection

This collection of blog posts addresses topics like dyslexia, ways to navigate IEP meetings, ADHD, and trends in special education.

Support Graduation Rates

Arizona has raised the bar for graduation expectations. The state’s ESSA plan includes a long-term goal of 90% of students graduating in four years by 2030. To help reach that goal, do your due diligence and make sure that your school has a credit recovery program in place so that all students who fall behind can catch up and graduate on time. 

Credit Recovery Worksheet

Our credit recovery worksheet will show you how to set up a new program or enhance your current credit recovery offering.

Ensure College and Career Readiness

Arizona strives to provide students with a variety of ways to develop and demonstrate their readiness for college and careers. The Arizona Department of Education’ website features a College and Career Ready Center. Reference the following resources to help you find options for your students to be college and career ready.

CTE Planning Workbook

During the 2015–16 school year, 99% of Arizona career and technical education high school students graduated, 81% met performance goals for mathematics, and 90% of Arizona CTE postsecondary students met performance goals for technical skills according to the U.S. Department of Education. It's clear that CTE programs improve outcomes for Arizona students, which is why CTE remains a top priority. Use our CTE workbook to plan a new program, or utilize it as a guide to augment your current one.

Online Curriculum

Online curriculum can open up a world of college- and career-focused courses to students that their schools may not otherwise be able to offer, including Advanced Placement®, CTE, SAT®, ACT®, or WorkKeys® assessment preparation. Our online curriculum guide discusses several different ways that online curriculum can be used, and it even includes a worksheet to guide the process of identifying a provider that meets your needs.

Virtual Learning

A virtual implementation may help your school or district offer more flexible and expansive course options to serve populations in need. Use this workbook to evaluate if a virtual implementation is the best option for your school and get guidance on developing a program and selecting a digital provider.

Looking for online programs to help your school or district improve outcomes for all students? Check out Edmentum's suite of K–12 evidence-based assessments and digital curriculum, and see why over 8,000 districts in the nation partner with us.

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Alexis graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She started working as a Marketing Associate for Edmentum in March 2018 and aspires to provide educators and students with resources that will make a difference in their day-to-day lives.

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