Arizona’s Alternate Assessment. AIMS A Assessing Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities. Agenda. Overview Timelines Test Administration Dos and Don’ts Monitoring. Overview.
Arizona’s Alternate Assessment
Assessing Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities
Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards Alternate (AIMS A), administered by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE), measures what students know and are able to do in the content areas of mathematics, reading, and science as presented in the Arizona Alternate Academic Standards.
Three item types in each content area:
Multiple Choice Items –
Online test items.
Performance Tasks –
Standardized constructed response items which are scored on standardized
data sheets. Each score point has specified responses.
Rater Items –
Constructed response items specific to the student’s environment which are scored using the AIMS A Rater Item Scoring Rubric.
October/Special Education Administrator
November completes password request
December Submit Multiple Choice Reset Form in TIENETSign and submit AIMS-A Test Security/Testing Ethics Agreement 2011via TUSD Interoffice mailto Cathy Taylor, Accountability and Research
January 5th-31st Complete Student Verification/Correct SAIS Information
February 15th – Download and Print Test MaterialsConduct Test Administration-
March 18All testing completed. Test materials and data sheets sent to Lindy Jones, Accountability & Research.
In order to be considered for alternate assessments, students must meet all of the following criteria:
1. Evidence of a Significant Cognitive Disability: Empirical evidence (formal testing results, multidisciplinary evaluation team results, etc.) of a significant cognitive disability prevents the acquisition of the grade-level Arizona Academic Content Standards.
2. Intensity of Instruction: It is extremely difficult for the student to acquire, maintain, generalize, and apply academic skills across environments even with extensive/intensive, pervasive, frequent, and individualized instruction in multiple settings.
3. Curricular Outcomes: The goals and objectives in the student’s IEP focus on enrolled grade-level Alternate Arizona Academic Standards (www.ade.az.gov/standards, click on AIMS A).
To access the eligibility form:
TIENET: Assessment Eligibility (AIMS-A & AIMS EA)
TIEnet Assessment Eligibility Form
AIMS-A Eligibility Requirements
Parent Notification Form
Grade 11&12Assessment consideration-Passing AIMS (High school only)
Some students taking the general assessment (AIMS) are allowed accommodations. Accommodations are specific practices and procedures that provide students with equitable access during instruction and assessment. Students with a Significant Cognitive Disability (SCD) require much more intensive instructional support which is provided through instructional adaptations.
Any instructional adaptations or strategies can be used to support the student with a SCD as long as the student indicates the response choice.
*This is not an exhaustive list.
Touch screens, Smart Boards, and any device that models a keyboard can be used to administer AIMS A.
For assistance with or questions related to assistive technology contact
Reina Robles, 225-5451
Lindy Jones, 225.5415
or Cristina Franco-Carrillo 302-5458
Logging On to the AIMS A
Open the internet browser, go to http://www.ade.az.gov and click on Common Logon (look to the top right of the screen for this link).
Type in username and password.
Click the Continue button.
Note: There are five chances to input the username and password before deactivation. If deactivated, call the ADE Support Center at 602-542-7378 or 866-577-9636.
The first time the ADE Common Logon system is accessed using assigned login and password, read the Acceptable Use Policy.
Click I agree (if I do not agree is clicked, access to the application will be denied).
Read directions on the screen and enter new password twice
If this is the first time in the application:
Once login has been completed, the following screen will appear:
The school is listed on the top right corner of the screen.
If there is an error, contact Lindy Jones 520-225-5415
Gather the following information before you begin:
On the left there will be a menu bar - click
If this is the first time using the application this year, No Records Found will appear. Click Add Student and enter required information then click Retrieve.
Incorrect data generates a Data Retrieval Error:
If the above error persists, email Cathy.Taylor@tusd1.org to verify that the SAIS number, DOB, and gender entered matches the data submitted by the PEA SAIS administrator to ADE. If the data submitted through the PEA SAIS administrator is incorrect, a SAIS upload to ADE will need to occur before data entry can continue for this student.
If a student was successfully retrieved, the next window will need more information from the Demographic Information Form.
Some information is populated with data submitted by the PEA
Be sure to complete entire form.
After the information is completed, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on one of these buttons -
will save the information entered and return to the Student List page.
will save the information entered and stay on the same page.
will delete the information entered and return to the Student List page.
After submitting the Demographic Information Form, you will be taken back to the Student List Page. When you are ready to begin the assessment, click on the student’s SAIS ID number.
Click on the Form to enter student data for the Performance Tasks and Rater Items, and for students to enter into the multiple choice items . As the forms are completed, the status will change to complete.
Check the status column upon completion of each section.
Students will respond to online items with three answer choices.
Download and carefully read each task prompt and gather the materials necessary to complete the following tasks before you begin the student assessment.
After prompting the student on each performance task, mark the appropriate box that corresponds to the student’s response. The appropriate response at each score point is indicated on the data sheet, following the model below.
Example of a Performance Task Data Sheet:
Scores for this section will be determined by allowing the student opportunities to demonstrate the skill. Use objects, shapes, or manipulatives familiar to the student to aid in assessing the student’s skill level on each item in five trials per item. To determine the student’s final scores, use the Rating Rubric.
For example DO NOT:
Monitoring will be conducted through the dissemination of web cameras for the video recording of students as they are administered all sections of the assessment and in person by trained evaluators throughout the testing window. If you are chosen for the video monitoring, you will be notified in advance as you will be required to attend training.
The onsite testing monitors will be evaluating:
The video monitoring will be evaluated for:
It is unethical and shall be viewed as a violation of test security for any person to:
For general questions, or comments:
TUSD AIMS-A Webhttp://edweb.tusd.k12.az.us/exced/Alternate_Assessment_TUSD/TUSD_main.htm
ADE Alternate Standards http://www.ade.az.gov/ess/AltAssessment/