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Achievement District Test Coordinator Updates
September 13, 2021
Achievement District Test Coordinators,

Please see updates and reminders regarding 2021-2022 Achievement testing below. If you have any questions, please contact us at or
AzM2 Portal - Access Ends October 13

The last day to access the AzM2 Portal, hosted by Cambium Assessment, will be Wednesday, October 13, 2021. Please be sure to download all district and school data files from the Online Reporting System (ORS) prior to that date.

Note: Any AzM2 late reporting information from Spring 2021 testing is now available in ORS.
Calculator Guidance for Spring 2022 Testing

Updated calculator guidance has been posted on our AASA, AzSCI, and Educator Resources 
webpages. This document includes calculator guidance for AASA and AzSCI and also includes a link to ACT's Calculator Policy, which applies to both ACT and ACT Aspire assessments.
AASA Resources - Coming Soon

Item Specifications, Blueprints, Performance Level Descriptors, and Writing Rubrics from AzM2 are still valid and will remain unchanged for the AASA grades 3-8 ELA and Math assessments. Schools and districts may continue to use these resources. ADE is in the process of rebranding these resources for AASA, and as they are updated, the resources will be posted on the Educator Resources page of our website. The AzM2 versions of these resources are located at the bottom of the Educator Resources webpage under the "AzM2 Archived Resources" dropdown.

The AASA Sample Test is expected to be available later this month, and we will send an email to DTCs to let you know when it goes live.
AASA - Oral Reading Fluency - Grade 3

Below are answers to common questions we have received regarding the AASA Grade 3 Oral Reading Fluency (ORF) test section.

  • The ORF test session will be administered to Grade 3 students only.
  • Each student will read three passages, with a time limit of one minute per passage, similar to what is currently done for other Oral Reading Fluency tools.
  • The Recommended Seating Arrangements for the ORF test section provides information for a maximum of 6 students simultaneously testing in a classroom environment and a computer lab environment.
  • Computer-based testing schools will administer the ORF section online. Paper-based testing schools will have the option of administering the ORF section either online or on a telephone.
Testing Mode Requests - Opens Monday, September 20

No action needs to be taken if your school site(s) will remain
computer-based for Spring 2021

All Achievement testing is, by default, administered to students by computer/online. The application to request paper administration for school site(s) will be open to District Test Coordinators in ADEConnect September 20 - October 15, 2021

To request paper administration, log into ADEConnect. Select Assessments. Click on the dropdown for Achievement Reports and select Achievement Testing Mode to begin. You must have the ADEConnect role of Achievement District Test Coordinator to submit a request for paper administration. You will need to enter a reason for the testing mode change for each test for the site(s) that request paper administration. The Assessment section will review each request individually and update the status in the application.

If a site selects a paper administration for the AASA operational assessment in April 2022, the site will also administer paper tests for the AASA Writing Stand-Alone Field Test in January-February 2022. This will not be a separate selection within the Testing Mode Request application.

Please note: For AzSCI to be administered as a paper test, every student response must be key entered into the TestNav online testing platform once the students have completed testing by a Test Administrator who has been trained and who has completed a test security agreement. All student responses for AzSCI must be entered in TestNav before the end of the AzSCI test window.
Special Paper Version Test Requests
Open Now through February 25, 2022

Special Paper Version (SPV) test requests for AASA (including the Writing Stand-Alone Field Test), AzSCI, and ACT Aspire may now be submitted to ADE for review and approval using this secure online form: Data submitted in this form is accessible only to select ADE Assessment staff. District Test Coordinators may submit requests or can authorize School Test Coordinators or other staff members to submit requests. An automated email will be sent to the District Test Coordinator and the person filling out the form to let DTCs know that the information was received and will be reviewed.

An SPV test request for a student will only need to be submitted to ADE one time for the 2021-2022 school year. Requests will be accepted through February 25, 2022; however, we encourage you to submit requests early to allow time for submitting additional documentation if required. Contact if a student has an injury or illness after February 25, 2022 that necessitates a paper test.

Arizona offers three test formats to meet the needs of students who cannot access the test content through computer-based testing.

  • Braille - A Braille test kit will include directions for administering the Braille assessment and for recording the students' responses in TestNav.
  • Large Print test booklets - The 504 plan or IEP must clearly state the font size used for instruction and the type of materials teachers enlarge for the student. Unless a student regularly has reading and math materials enlarged for both diameter and font size, you may consider testing the Zoom feature in the sample tests using TestNav since the test booklets are approximately 18 inches tall, and the font size is 18 pt.
  • Paper test - A student who cannot access the computer for classroom work due to injury, illness, or low vision issues may need a paper test in lieu of taking the test with peers on the computer. The 504 plan or IEP must clearly indicate how the teachers accommodate the student's issue in class and the restrictions the student has when using technology (examples: no more than xx minutes of screen time per day, or must have a significant break after xx minutes, no computer usage at all, etc.). 

Please note: SPV test requests and other accommodations for ACT (grade 11) are to be submitted directly to ACT using ACT's processes and are not to be submitted to ADE for approval. More information regarding accommodations requests for ACT will be coming soon!
If you have any questions, please contact us at or

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