Envision 21 - Deep Learning - CFSD

Facebook Icon YouTube Icon Twitter Icon “Instagram”

Testing Information

Three Spelling Bee winners

Learn, Design, Creativity

Band students

Our priority is to help every student excel in the classroom.

Arizona Department of EducationThe Catalina Foothills School District (CFSD) is Tucson's leading educational choice for PreK-12. Academic achievement is a high priority as evidenced by test scores that exceed state and national averages. The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) recognized CFSD as one of the top performing school districts in the state of Arizona. CFSD is an "A" rated school district and was an "Excelling" district for eight consecutive years. For the second year in a row, CFSD has been named the #1 school district in Arizona by Niche. The district recognizes that these accomplishments reflect the efforts of many: the achievement of our students, the hard work and commitment of teachers and staff, focused and effective leadership, and strong family and community support.

The district uses a variety of assessment data to inform instruction and measure subject area mastery of content and skills. State assessment systems that focus on summative testing administered once-a-year do not provide sufficient information to inform instruction about student learning. CFSD uses results not only from state achievement tests, but also from interim assessment measures such as district and school common assessments. A variety of measures are needed to accommodate a variety of goals. Performance assessments/tasks are used to measure cross-disciplinary skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and communication in the context of academics.

Today's employers are seeking graduates who are self-regulated critical and creative thinkers, collaborators, problem solvers, and excellent communicators in diverse settings. We want our graduates prepared for the college and career pathways of their choice. A balanced assessment system provides us with the data we need to be well-informed decision makers about students' learning needs and the educational programs we provide to support and advance achievement .

CFSD Assessment Program

The link below provides a summary of CFSD's Assessment Program and test results for 2017.

View CFSD Assessment Program: CFSD 2017 Summary Report

AzMERIT: Statewide Achievement Test

In November 2014, the Arizona State Board of Education adopted a new statewide achievement test, AzMERIT (Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching) for Arizona students. Arizona public school students in grades 3 through high school will take AzMERIT in English Language Arts and Mathematics.

Students in Grades 3 through 8 will take AzMERIT in English Language Arts and Mathematics at their grade level. Students taking high school level English Language Arts and Mathematics will take AzMERIT End-of-Course assessments that will test their proficiency in these subjects near the end of the course. Students are not required to pass the AzMERIT End-of-Course tests for graduation.

CFSD Testing Calendar

View CFSD's AzMERIT Math Scores

View CFSD's AzMERIT English Language Arts Scores

AzMERIT Scale Score Ranges

General AzMERIT Information

Arizona Department of Education AzMERIT Support Materials

Expect More Arizona

Civics Test

In 2015, the Arizona legislature passed the Arizona Civics Test Law. A.R.S. 15-701.01 requires students, beginning with the graduating class of 2017, to pass a 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 or obtain a high school equivalency certificate. School districts are required to document on the student’s transcript that the student passed the civics test.

• Students may retake the test as many times as necessary to pass. The test is untimed.

• Students receiving special education services are exempt from obtaining a passing score unless required by an IEP.

• Students who use accommodations in classroom assessments will be offered the same or similar accommodations for the civics test.

• Local school districts decide how the test is to be administered.

Catalina Foothills High School administers the civics test to juniors. Juniors who pass the civics test do not need to take the test again.

The Civics Test administration dates for 2017-2018 are as follows:

• Juniors: February 19, 2018

• Seniors: If a senior has not passed the civics test, s/he will retake it until a passing score is achieved.

Civics Test Resources:

Arizona Revised Statute, ARS 15-701.01

Civics Test Study Materials available through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Civics Test and Administration Manual provided by the Arizona Department of Education.

Civics Test Flash Cards


Students in Grades 4, 8, and high school take the AIMS Science test.

View CFSD's AIMS Science Scores

AIMS Science Support Materials

High School Standardized College Entrance Exams

The SAT is an aptitude test, testing reasoning and verbal abilities. It has three components: Critical Reading, Math, and Writing.

The ACT is an achievement test measuring what a student has learned in school. It has up to five components: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing test.

View CFSD's High School SAT Scores

View CFSD's High School ACT Scores

Test Scores for Prior Years

Stanford 10

Students in grades 2 and 9 took the Stanford 10, a national norm-referenced test that measured achievement in language arts and mathematics. Spring 2014 was the last administration of the Stanford 10.

View CFSD's Stanford 10 Scores


Students in grades 3-8 and 10 took the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS), the state's prior state achievement test. The AIMS tests were based on the Arizona Academic Standards and measured the content areas of reading, writing (grades 5, 6, 7, 10), mathematics, and science (grades 4, 8, and high school). Spring 2014 was the last administration of the AIMS for reading, writing, and mathematics.

View CFSD's AIMS Reading Scores

View CFSD's AIMS Writing Scores

View CFSD's AIMS Math Scores


CFSD is committed to making its website accessible to the widest possible audience, including individuals with disabilities.

Should any user have difficulty accessing the content of this site, please see Web Accessibility Guidelines for assistance.