Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Last Updated: 6/24/2021 7:18 PM

Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
Katrina Sacco

Payson Unified School District strives to provide high quality instruction in each course we offer. Students’ individualized needs are prioritized by PUSD, and we work hard to create an environment which ensures every student is being supported properly. We use district assessments to monitor student progress and adjust instruction and interventions in order to meet the needs of all learners.

Assessments - State Testing 

"Opt-out" is not permitted with state testing.

  • AzM2 (previously known as AzMerit) - AzM2 is the statewide achievement test for Arizona students. Arizona public school students in Grades 3-8 and grade 10 will take the grade-level AzM2 assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics.
  • AIMS Science - Currently for students in grades 4, 8 and high school Biology.
  • AZELLA (Arizona English Language Learner Assessment) - A placement AZELLA is given to new students that show a possible English language need on the Home Language Survey completed at initial enrollment. A reassessment AZELLA is given in the spring to measure progress of all students enrolled in English Learner services.

District Testing - Benchmark Assessments

Benchmark assessments track progress made throughout the school year. When intervention or remediation is indicated on the benchmark assessment in Reading and Math, the principal, teachers and reading specialists have a menu of interventions that will help students achieve grade-level proficiency in Reading and Math.

Arizona Law on English Language Education:

The PUSD ELL Program complies with all state and federal regulations for English language education, including:

English Language Education (ARS15-752). Subject to the exceptions provided in section 15-753, all children in Arizona public schools shall be taught English by being taught in English and all children shall be placed in English language classrooms. Children who are English learners shall be educated through sheltered English immersion during a temporary transition period not normally intended to exceed one year. Local schools shall be permitted but not required to place in the same classroom English learners of different ages but whose degree of English proficiency is similar.

Important Links

You will find many resources on the state website.

Move on When Reading (MOWR) is a compilation of several Arizona Revised Statutes which promote K-3 reading achievement. This link can produce the most up to date information.

The newest piece of MOWR is the addition of dyslexia specific legislation. Use the link above to explore the newer dyslexia guidelines for AZ schools.

You can browse schools and districts to see accountability ratings.

You can see the governor’s page with the A-F school accountability calculation.

students in a classroom