Arizona: College and Career Policies

Arizona Revised Statute § 15-203(A)(38): The State Board of Education shall…”on or before December 15, 2011 adopt and maintain a model framework for a teacher and principal evaluation instrument that includes quantitative data on student academic progress that accounts for between thirty-three percent and fifty per cent of the evaluation outcomes and best practices for professional development and evaluator training. School districts and charter schools shall use an instrument that meets the data requirements established by the State Board of Education to annually evaluate individual teachers and principals beginning in school year 2012 – 2013.

Arizona developed new Health Education Standards in 2009 to replace the previous 1997 Standards. The 2009 Health Education Standard should have been fully implemented by Arizona schools as of the 2010-2011 school year.

As per Arizona Administrative Code R7-2-302, 4 credits of English or English as a second language are required to graduate.

In November 2014, the Arizona State Board of Education adopted a new statewide achievement test, AzMERIT, for Arizona students.

As per Arizona Administrative Code R7-2-302, Arizona additionally requires 1 credit in fine arts or career and technical education and vocational education, alongside additional courses.

In November 2014, the Arizona State Board of Education adopted a new statewide achievement test, AzMERIT, for Arizona students.

As per Arizona Administrative Code R7-2-302, 4 credits of math are required for graduation.

As per Arizona Administrative Code R7-2-302, 3 credits of science courses are required to graduate in Arizona.

The Arizona Science Standard adopted in 2004 is the current science standard. Instruction should be aligned to this standard during 2015-16 and all subsequent school years until the State Board of Education adopts new science standards.

As per Arizona Administrative Code R7-2-302, 3 credits of social studies are required for graduation.

Arizona Revised Statutes § 15-203(A)(38), first adopted in 2010 and subsequently amended. The Arizona Framework for Measuring Educator Effectiveness complies with all legal requirements of ARS § 15-203 (A)(38) while also providing LEAs with as much flexibility as possible to develop evaluation systems that meet their individual needs.

In order to become a certified teacher in Arizona, an applicant must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited program and prove knowledge on the Arizona Teacher Proficiency Assessment.

The Arizona Board of Education oversees the Arizona teacher certification process and dictates the requirements needed in order to become certified within the state.

In order for a teacher to renew their certificate, they must participate in professional development activities.

The State Board of Education approves preparation programs upon recommendation by the Department of Education.

180 clock hours of professional development are required, as well as other requirements outlined in R7-2-619, in order to renew an administrator certificate.

The State Board of Education has full authority to adopt standards.

The standards presented in this policy shall be the basis for approved teacher preparation programs.

Arizona State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

Arizona follows the Learning Forward standards of learning communities, leadership, resources, data, learning designs, implementation, and outcomes.

Arizona adopted Career and Technical Education Standards in 2016.

Arizona updated the English Language Arts standards in 2010. These standards are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

Arizona updated the Arts Education standards in 2015, and full implementation of these standards will occur in the 2016-2017 school year.

Arizona updated the Arts Education standards in 2015, and they will be implemented in full for the 2016-2017 school year.

Arizona updated the Mathematics standards in 2010. They are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

Arizona adopted World and Native Languages Standards in 2015.