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K-8 Assessments

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The Dysart Unified School District offers a variety of K-8 assessments that meet state requirements as well as help to prepare students for college and career.  Below are a list of the most common assessments K-8 students take broken down into state and district categories.  Parents and students are encouraged to speak with their school or teacher for more information.  For more information on exact district testing dates, please visit our Testing and Assessment Calendar web page.  

State K-8 Assessments

Civics Test >>

Based on the United States
Immigration and Naturalization civics questions.  Students will be required to score 60% or higher in order to graduate from high school.


Time Period: Year Round
Grade Level: 9th-12th 
*Graduation Requirement

AzSCI Test >> 

AIMS Science is a Standards Based Assessment that measures student proficiency of the Arizona Academic Content Standard in Science It meets federal requirements for students assessment 


Time Period: Spring
Grade Level: 5th and 8th Grade 
*State Requirement



AASA is the statewide achievement for Arizona 3rd - 8th grade in Math and ELA.


Time Period: Spring
Grade Level: 3rd-8th Grade 
*State Requirement

District K-8 Assessments

Benchmarks >>

The benchmark assessments are given 3x a year (October, December and February).  The Math and ELA assessments are used to establish baseline achievement data and measure progress toward a standard or set of academic standards and goals.


Time Period: Fall and Spring
Grade Level: ELA 3rd - 8th grade and Math K- 8th grade 

Acadience/DIBELS >>

DIBELS Benchmarks are given 3x a year. (August, December, and May) DIBELS is given to measure early literacy skills and predict later reading outcomes.  


Time Period: August, December, April​
Grade Level: K-6 

95% Group Diagnostics >>

The PASI (Phonological Awareness Screener Inventory) and PSI (Phonics Screener Inventory)  are given throughout the school year to pinpoint specific skill deficits and facilitate teachers’ grouping of students for focused intervention based on the screener results.


Time Period: Ongoing
Grade Level: K-3