Arizona Academic Standards
In the Sunnyside Unified School District, all our our curriculum, teaching and assessments are based on Arizona's academic standards.
A STANDARD is a statement of what we expect students to know and be able to do in specific content areas and at various levels of achievement.
Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)
State Board Approved
AIMS Performance Levels
Exceeds the Standard.
This level denotes demonstration of superior academic performance evidenced by achievement substantially beyond the goal for all students.
Meets the Standard.
This level denotes demonstration of solid academic performance on challenging subject matter reflected by the content standards. This includes subject-matter knowledge, application of such knowledge to real-world situations, and content-relevant analytical skills. Students who perform at this level are well prepared to begin work on even more challenging material that is required for the next grade level. Attainment of at least this level is the goal for all students.
Approaches the Standard.
This level denotes partial understanding of the knowledge and application of the skills that are fundamental for proficient work. Students who approach the standard demonstrate competency in the prerequisites necessary to begin working on the challenging content required of the student who meets the standards, but do not demonstrate full understanding of that challenging content.
Falls Far Below the Standard.
This level denotes insufficient evidence of the prerequisite skills to approach meeting the standards. Students who perform at this level have serious gaps in knowledge and skills. They, in all likelihood, require a considerable amount of additional work and remediation in the basic skills that are prerequisite to the challenging work expected at the current grade level.
For more information about academic standards, feel free to speak with your child's teacher or principal, or visit the Arizona Department of Education website.