Successful testing is a key component of every student's online high school academic journey. At Hope Hope School Online, we are committed to providing our students the personalized attention and support necessary to prepare them for performing well on academic assessments. The high quality education provided by the well qualified teachers, coupled with a hands on approach, creates very positive academic outcomes for the Hope High School Online students.
HHSO has a variety of tests administered each school year. Below is a quick description of each type of assessment.
Math and Reading assessments administered to students at the beginning of their Math and ELA courses. This test is used to help establish a student's proficiency baseline. This test must be taken with in-person proctoring.
Math and Reading benchmarks will be administered in between first and second semesters of Math and ELA Courses. These tests must be taking with in-person proctoring.
Math and Reading assessments administered to students at the end of Math and ELA courses are used to measure academic growth. This test must be taken with in-person proctoring.
Any state mandated test will be administered in accordance with state regulations and guidelines. Currently, the state requires AIMS Science and Math/ELA AzMerit tests.
AzMERIT (Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching) is Arizona’s new statewide achievement test. Arizona is partnering with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to develop tests which are unique to Arizona.
In 2010, the Arizona State Board of Education adopted new standards in English language arts and mathematics for all students in Arizona. These academic standards outline what students should know and be able to do at each grade level. With the adoption and implementation of new standards, a new test was necessary.
Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) tested the old standards.
Spring 2014 was the last time AIMS was administered for reading, writing, and mathematics. AzMERIT, based on the new standards, will tell teachers, students, and parents if students are on track to be college and career ready upon graduation from high school. The Arizona Science Standards did not change, so students in Grades 4, 8, and high school will still take the AIMS Science test. High school students graduating after December 31, 2016 will no longer be required to pass the AIMS test to graduate high school.
Arizona public school students in Grades 3 through high school will take AzMERIT. Students in Grades 3 through 8 will take an assessment in English language arts and mathematics at their grade level. Students taking high school level English and mathematics will take End-of-Course assessments that will test their proficiency in these subjects. Only eligible students with significant cognitive disabilities will participate in other alternate achievement tests.
Currently, HHSO administers this test in paper format. However, the summer AZMerit assesments will be computer based. Eventually, all state mandated testing with HHSO will be computer based.
AzMERIT tests are given in the fall, spring and summer.
AIMS Science will be administered to students in grades 8 and high school. This test is given in the spring.
HHSO will determine the exact days, times, and location during the testing windows.
A 100 question test to be administered to all students. Students must pass this test with at least 60% before a diploma can be issued. This is a new graduation requirement starting in the school year 2016/2017.