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Arizona's Academic Standards
Arizona's Academic Standards

The Arizona State Board of Education is authorized and mandated to adopt academic standards and minimum competency requirements for grades K-12. The standards adopted by the Board address what a student is ultimately expected to learn. Arizona retains the authority to approve and modify academic standards; there is no federal law requiring the adoption of specific standards.

Click here to find Arizona’s current K-12 academic standards in Math and English Language Art and Literacy (ELA).

Click here to access up-to-date information on Arizona's K-12 Standards and the revision process.

Arizona Adopts Computer Science Standards
October 22, 2018

On October 22, 2018, Arizona's State Board of Education voted to adopt new K-12 Computer Science Standards. The process to develop new Computer Science Standards began in January 2017. Since that time, the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) has collected public feedback on existing standards and convened working groups of educators, content experts, community members, and parents to create new standards.  

Through the Arizona Computer Science Initiative & the Governor’s Partnership for K-12 Computer Science, Governor Ducey and Code.org have collaborated to advance computer science education statewide since 2017. In FY 2018, Governor Ducey proposed and received funding to advance the first phase of Arizona’s statewide computer science initiative through the development of computer science standards and professional development. The FY2019 budget included $2.5 million to expand the Governor’s Partnership for K-12 Computer Science pilot program and enable schools to offer high-quality, rigorous training for new computer science teachers.

Click here to find out more about Arizona's new Computer Science Standards.

Update: Science & History and Social Science Standards
September 24, 2018

The State Board of Education received more than 1000 written comments and heard from over 40 people at Monday’s meeting regarding the Science and History and Social Science standards. The Board thanks everyone who took the time to have their voice heard. Although the Board did not take any action at the September 24th meeting, it did review the public comments and indicated it may take action at the October 22nd Board Meeting. (Read More...)

Computer Science Revision Working Group Update
September 6, 2018

On August 28, 2018, the Arizona Computer Science Revision Working Group met to review the public and technical comment/feedback.

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Draft Social Studies Standards working group update
August 29, 2018

The most current draft of the History and Social Science Standards draft is now posted. This draft includes any changes that were a result of internal review.

Summary of History and Social Science Draft post Internal Review
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Science Revision Working Group Update
August 29, 2018

On July 23, 2018, the Arizona Science Revision Working Group met to review the public and technical comment/feedback.

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Arizona Science Standards 2018 DRAFT

Computer Science Revision Working Group Update
August 29, 2018

On August 14, 2018 the Arizona Computer Science Revision Working Group met to review the public comment/feedback and technical feedback that had been received.

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Draft Social Studies Standards working roup update July 2018
July 13, 2018

The Social Studies working group met during the summer months to continue the revision of the History and Social Science Standards Draft. The Artifact1_History and Social Science Standards Draft below is the culmination of all of the summer work done on the draft by the working groups to date.

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Update: Computer Science Standards
June 25, 2018

ADE presented the first draft of Computer Science Standards to the State Board of Education. The standards are now available for review and public comment which can be accessed and viewed here. Public comment will be accepted through August 10, 2018; after which the working groups will reconvene and a final draft will be presented to the Board for adoption. (Read More...)

UPDATE: ARIZONA SOCIAL STUDIES STANDARDS REVISION
June 5, 2017

On May 31, the Social Studies Standards Working group convened to continue the process of revising the Arizona Social Studies Standards. At total of 16 educators participated, representing 3 institutes of higher education and 12 districts/schools, including 2 charter schools. Participants represented 4 Arizona counties: Cochise, Maricopa, Mohave and Pima.

Download the May 31, 2017 Agenda
Download the May 31, 2017 Presentation

UPDATE: ARIZONA SCIENCE STANDARDS REVISION
May 31, 2017

On May 31, the Science Standards Revision Working Group convened to continue the process of revising Arizona’s Science Standards. A total of 27 Arizona educators participated, representing 2 institutes of higher education and 25 districts/schools, including 3 charter schools. Participants represented 7 Arizona counties: Apache, Coconino, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pima, and Pinal.

Download the May 31, 2017 Agenda
Download the May 31, 2017 Presentation

UPDATE: ARIZONA SCIENCE STANDARDS REVISION
April 28, 2017

On April 27, the Science Standards Revision Working Group convened to continue the process of revising Arizona’s Science Standards. A total of 26 Arizona educators participated, representing 1 institute of higher education and 25 districts/schools, including 2 charter schools. Participants represented 7 Arizona counties: Coconino, Graham, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pima, and Pinal.

Download the April 27, 2017 Agenda
Download the April 27, 2017 Presentation

UPDATE: ARIZONA SCIENCE STANDARDS REVISION
March 24, 2017

On March 22, the Science Standards Revision Working Group convened to continue the process of revising Arizona’s Science Standards. A total of 28 Arizona educators participated, representing 2 institutes of higher education and 25 districts/schools, including 2 charter schools. Participants represented 6 Arizona counties: Apache, Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, Yavapai, and Yuma.

Download the March 22, 2017 Agenda
Download the March 22, 2017 presentation

UPDATE: ARIZONA SOCIAL STUDIES STANDARDS REVISION
March 7, 2017

The Social Studies Standards Revision Working Group convened to continue the process of revising Arizona’s Social Studies Standards.

On March 3, the Social Studies Standards Revision Working Group convened to continue the process of revising Arizona’s Science Standards. A total of 26 Arizona educators participated, representing 2 institutes of higher education, 23 districts/schools, including 4 charter schools. Participants represented 6 Arizona counties: Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, Cochise, Coconino, and Apache.

March Social Studies Working Group Meeting Agenda
Social Studies Working Group Presentation

AZ STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION FORMALLY ADOPTS 2016 ELA AND MATHEMATICS STANDARDS
December 2016

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas today supported the State Board of Education’s (SBE’s) decision to replace the Common Core Standards by formally adopting the second draft of the 2016 Arizona English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Standards.

As part of the standards development process, the SBE and the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) worked together to gather, process and incorporate more than 10,000 comments related to the standards, an effort that took place both before and after releasing a first draft to the public. The first draft was also reviewed by several nationally recognized technical experts, including prominent anti-Common Core authorities. Where applicable, their feedback was included in the second draft along with thoughts shared by members of the public.

The SBE’s action comes just over a year after it voted on Oct. 26, 2015 to formally reverse its 2010 decision to adopt the Common Core Standards, a result that effectively severed Arizona’s ties to them. Superintendent Douglas called for that vote as part of her 2016 AZ Kids Can’t Wait! plan, which was released on Oct. 1, 2015, and earlier in 2015 secured Arizona’s release from the copyright that would have prevented the state from making changes to the standards.

Superintendent Douglas invites all Arizonans to review the newly adopted standards at https://k12standards.az.gov/second-draft-2016-arizona-standards. The documents include red-lined changes that make it very easy to see where modifications were made and to identify the origin of the comments that led to those changes.

Parents, educators and members of the public can visit www.azed.gov/standards-practices/k-12-standards-feedback/ to provide additional feedback on any of Arizona’s academic standards.

NEW: DRAFT ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS AND MATHEMATICS STANDARDS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT
August 19, 2016

Read the 2016 Arizona Draft Standards
Read the 2010 Standards
Comment on the 2016 Arizona Draft Standards
Public Meetings on 2016 Arizona Draft Standards 
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ARIZONA STANDARDS DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Meeting Dates & Materials

August 3, 2015
2:00 PM
State Capitol Building Governor's Tower
1700 W. Washington
2nd Floor Conference Room
Phoenix, AZ 85007

PDF iconagenda_and_materials_8.3.15.pdf
PDF iconsummary_of_action_asdc_meeting_8.3.2015_0.pdf

February 4, 2016
3:00 PM
State Capitol Building Governor's Tower
1700 W. Washington
2nd Floor Conference Room
Phoenix, AZ 85007

PDF icon2-04-16_notice_and_agenda.pdf
PDF iconstandards_curriculum_instruction_020416.pdf
PDF iconsummary_of_committee_action_02-04-16.pdf

April 21, 2016
4:00 PM
State Capitol Building Governor's Tower
1700 W. Washington
2nd Floor Conference Room
Phoenix, AZ 85007
PDF icon4-21-16_azsdc_notice_and_agenda.pdf

PDF iconsummary_of_committee_action_04-21-16.pdf
June 16, 2016
3:00 PM
State Capitol Building Governor's Tower
1700 W. Washington
2nd Floor Conference Room
Phoenix, AZ 85007
PDF icon6-16-16_asdc_agenda_amended_and_materials.pdf 

June 24, 2016
10:00 AM
Arizona Department of Education
1535 W. Jefferson
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Room 122

 PDF iconagenda_standards_development_committee_6.24.15.pdf
PDF iconasdc_timeline.pdf
PDF iconfinal_summary_of_action_asdc_meeting_6.24.2015.pdf
PDF iconpolicy_re_math_ela_standards_development.pdf
PDF iconproposed_organizational_structure_6-15-15_3.pdf

August 19, 2016
4:00 PM
Arizona Department of Education
1535 W. Jefferson
Room 122
Phoenix, AZ 85007

PDF icon8-19-16_asdc_notice_and_agenda.pdf

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ARIZONA STANDARDS DEVELOPMENT SUBCOMMITTEE ON ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
Meeting Dates & Materials

January 21, 2016
3:30 PM
Arizona Department of Education
3300 N. Central Avenue
16th Floor, Room 104
Phoenix, AZ 85012
PDF icon1-21-16_ela_sub_committee_notice_agenda.pdf
April 11, 2016
3:00 PM
Arizona Department of Education
3300 N. Central Avenue
16th Floor, Room 104
Phoenix, AZ 85012
PDF icon04-06-16_math_committee_mtg_notice_agenda.pdf
June 7, 2016
3:00 PM
Arizona Department of Education
3300 N. Central Avenue
16th Floor, Room 103
Phoenix, AZ 85012
PDF icon6.7.16_ela_sub_comm_notice_agenda_-_amended.pdf

 

 

ARIZONA STANDARDS DEVELOPMENT SUBCOMMITTEE ON MATHEMATICS
Meeting Dates & Materials

January 20, 2016
3:30 PM
Arizona Department of Education
3300 N. Central Avenue
16th Floor, Room 104
Phoenix, AZ 85012
PDF icon1-20-16_committee_mtg_notice_agenda.pdf
April 6, 2016
3:00 PM
Arizona Department of Education
3300 N. Central Avenue
16th Floor, Room 104
Phoenix, AZ 85012
PDF icon04-06-16_math_committee_mtg_notice_agenda.pdf
June 6, 2016
3:00 PM
Arizona Department of Education
3300 N. Central Avenue
16th Floor, Room 103
Phoenix, AZ 85012
PDF icon6.6.16_math_sub_comm_notice_agenda_-_amended.pdf



GOVERNOR DUCEY: I'M FOR ARIZONA STANDARDS
March 2015

REVIEWING THE STANDARDS

In March 2015, Governor Ducey tasked the State Board of Education with reviewing Arizona’s Math and English Language Arts Standards in order to ensure that the standards are vetted, approved, and controlled by Arizona, and that they are the best for Arizona’s students.

In April 2015, the State Board of Education established the Arizona Academic Standards Development Committee to oversee the development of Arizona Mathematics Standards and Arizona English Language Arts Standards.

POLICY FOR DEVELOPMENT OF MATHEMATICS AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS STANDARDS

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Public hearings will be held across the state in October and November to allow for feedback to the Standards Development Committee on the current academic standards.

Public comments may be submitted online through November 20th, 2015.

ALL PUBLIC HEARINGS

October 26
Yavapai County - Prescott
Glassford Hill Middle School Auditorium
6:00-7:00 PM

October 29
Pima County – Tucson
Pima Community College Downtown Campus
6:00-7:00 PM 

November 2
Maricopa County – Chandler
Chandler Center for the Arts
6:00-7:00 PM

November 2
Pinal County – San Tan Valley
Walker Butte K-8 School
6:00-7:00 PM

November 3
Apache/Navajo County – Show Low
Show Low High School Auditorium
6:00-7:00 PM

 

November 4
Coconino County
Flagstaff High School
6:00-7:00 PM

November 5
Cochise County – Sierra Vista
Rothery Educational Services Center
6:00-7:00 PM

November 9
Mohave County – Kingman
Mohave County Administration Building
6:00-7:00 PM

 

November 9

Maricopa County – Peoria
Peoria High School
6:00-7:00 PM

November 10
La Paz County – Parker
Parker High School
6:00-7:00 PM

November 10
Graham/Greenlee County – Safford
Graham County General Services Building
6:00-7:00 PM

November 12
Yuma County - Yuma
Yuma School District One
6:00-7:00 PM

November 12
Santa Cruz County - Nogales
Santa Cruz County Complex
6:00-7:00 PM

November 17
Maricopa County – Phoenix
Madison Elementary School District
6:00-7:00 PM

November 18
Gila County – Globe
Gila County Board of Supervisors Room
6:00-7:00

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