DVUSD Assessment Philosophy
Assessment is the systematic collection of data about student learning based on standards and the use of that data to create a continuous cycle of improved teaching and learning. The DVUSD learning community believes that assessment is for student learning, is student-centered, and involves a commitment by all stakeholders.
DVUSD Assessment Intent
District assessments are a part of an effective assessment system intended to determine both a current student performance level and measure of the guaranteed and viable, standards-based curriculum implemented across the district. In order to inform instruction, measure student learning, and close achievement gaps, DVUSD endorses the use of diverse classroom assessment data, such as formative, summative, performance-based, portfolio, and student observation. Results are used in conjunction with district, state, and national assessment data to form a picture of student learning. DVUSD celebrates data indicators that provide opportunity for growth in the goal of providing an extraordinary educational experience for all students.
DVUSD Approach to Assessment
DVUSD's approach to assessment includes appropriately scheduled assessments within each content area and a focus on five measurement purposes:
- baseline (beginning level of knowledge prior to instruction)
- inform instruction (level of understanding throughout instruction)
- show content mastery (summative)
- gauge student growth (summary of learning attained over a period of time)
- predict success (expectation of future performance)
DVUSD Mathematics Assessments
K-8 Mathematics: K-2 teachers administer district interim assessments 2 times per year (Mid and Post). 3rd-8th grade teachers administer 2 district interim assessments (Nov. and Feb.) to assess progress towards the mastery of essential standards.
High School Mathematics: Algebra 1-2, Geometry 1-2, and Algebra 3-4 administer 2 district interim assessments (Nov. and Feb.) to assess progress towards the mastery of essential standards. Pre-Calculus Honors, College Algebra, College Math, and Probability and Statistics have district final exams.
State Acheivement Testing Information
Arizona students 3rd through 8th-grade take the AASA, Arizona's Academic Standards Assessment. For sample questions and other useful information visit azed.gov/assessment/aasa
Cohort 2025 (typically grade 9) students will take the ACT Aspire assessment in Reading, English, Mathematics, and Science. Cohort 2023 (typically grade 11) students will take the ACT assessment in Reading, English, Mathematics, Science and Writing.