As part of that transition, the version of the standards in Galileo K-12 Online now has annotations indicating new or modified standards, marked with an asterisk, standards that are being phased out, marked with z2010, and standards that have been confirmed to carry over from the last version of the standards. As your district staff works with the standards in preparation for the 2017-18 school year, they will notice these annotations. We wish to reassure everyone that nothing has been removed and all of the academic standards are still in place as test planning and delivery begins.
There has been a statement from the Arizona Department of Education on the role of the old standards and the new standards in the coming year:
"There will be a two year implementation timeline for the newly adopted standards. 2017-2018 is a transitional implementation year, while full implementation will occur in 2018-2019. AzMERIT will be aligned to the new standards beginning with the spring 2019 exam."With this transitional implementation, Galileo K-12 Online provides teachers and district staff with the information that will help make choices about assessment in the upcoming school year as well as looking at the future plans for assessment once the AzMERIT tests are updated to reflect the additions and removals from the prior version.
There has not been a similar clarification on the math standards. We have requested a clarification from the Arizona Department of Education and will provide an update as soon as we receive a response.
Scott Cunningham, Assessment and Instructional Design Director