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Arizona Educators’ Ultimate Guide to Prepare for AzM2 and AIMS Science Assessments

Arizona Educators’ Ultimate Guide to Prepare for AzM2 and AIMS Science Assessments

With making sure that you are staying on pace with curriculum guides, practicing test-taking procedures and strategies, and providing the targeted preparation and reinforcement individual students need, spring testing season can quickly begin to feel overwhelming for educators. The good news is that a little research and planning can go a long way toward ensuring that you’re able to provide the support students need to be successful on their AzM2 and AIMS Science assessments. We’ve gathered all of the most useful, detailed, and relevant resources to help you put an outstanding test-preparation program into action.

AzM2 and AIMS Science Preparation resources from the Arizona Department of Education

When it comes to testing, the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is the authority. And, ADE has a great collection of free resources for educators! We’ve done the legwork of combing through the ADE library to find the best AzM2 and AIMS Science materials. First, get started by checking out the list of testing dates for the AzM2 and AIMS Science assessments. For the latest resources, check out these pages:

State Testing Resources
This site is a great starting place for all things Arizona testing.

Parent and student resources
Make sure parents are in know about state assessments by sharing this site designed to support parents and guardians as they help students prepare for the AzM2 and AIMS Science assessments.

AzM2 and AIMS Science assessment materials
These pages house resources including test blueprints, test and item specifications, and performance level descriptors.

Practice Tests
This site provides online sample AzM2 tests so that students can preview the testing experience and become familiar with the online tools that will be available during testing.

AzM2 and AIMS Science Test-Preparation Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices for Classroom Teachers

Test prep doesn’t have to dominate your classroom agenda this spring. By getting started early, utilizing formative assessment strategies, and making the most of practice testing, teachers in the classroom can provide students with individualized support without sacrificing time from the standard curriculum (and of course, fun!). Check out these resources to get started.

[Classroom Practice] Are Your Students Using Effective Learning Techniques?
With so many study techniques out there, how do you know which ones work? In this post, we dive into the research and discover which techniques can improve knowledge attainment and retention, and which aren’t worth spending time on.

5 Proven Ways to Get the Most Out of Practice Testing
The old adage “practice makes perfect” is a familiar turn of phrase for a reason. Ensure that you’re getting the most out of every minute your students are spending on practice testing.

3 Ways Online Practice Can Support Your Test-Prep Program
As you are considering different options to ensure that your students have achieved standards proficiency, it’s critical that you have a program that’s aligned to the Arizona Standards. Consider this and other benefits of using an online program.

4 Best Practices to Use Midyear Benchmark Assessment Data
Like any assessment, midyear benchmarks are only as valuable as the strategies you employ using the data. Here are four ways to make these assessments a truly valuable exercise for you and your students.

Marzano-Validated Best Practices for Online Practice
The Edmentum research team was honored to have Marzano Research peer review a research project that we conducted for our classroom practice and assessment program, Study Island. Through that review, Marzano confirmed our findings about the effectiveness of Study Island, and we also uncovered four best practices to help students get the most out of online practice.

General Test-Prep and Test-Taking Tips for Educators

No matter the exact situation, testing is a stressful process. But successful test taking, beyond content knowledge, is also a skill that can be taught, acquired, and mastered. Here are some of our best resources on general test prep and test taking to help the AzM2 and AIMS Science assessment process go smoothly at your school.

8 Last-Minute Steps Districts Can Take to Improve Test Scores
Administrators may not feel like they have a direct hand in making sure that students are well-prepared for AzM2 and AIMS Science assessments. But, there is no shortage of steps administrators can take to ensure that their teachers and students have what they need for a successful testing season—even when it comes down to the wire.

6 Tips for Teachers to Help Students Manage Stress
Testing season inevitably means classroom stress will hit a new high. So, how can you keep anxiety levels in check and help your students stay cool, calm, and collected when test day rolls around? Here are six tips for a low(er) stress testing season:

8 Tips for Parents to Help Your Child Prepare for High-Stakes Tests
Parents and other caregivers are critical to every student’s education journey. So, get them involved in the AzM2 and AIMS Science preparation process! Share these eight simple tips with parents to help them support their learners on testing days.

[Teacher Tips] Preparing YOURSELF for Testing Season
Yes, believe it or not, your human nature is not suspended just because it’s time for assessments. And you know that deep down you won’t be on top of your game unless you’re taking care of yourself. As the expression goes, you can’t pour from an empty glass. So, educators, here are a few healthy reminders to help you stay sane through another testing season.

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This blog post was originally posted on February 22, 2019.