Common Core in Arizona:
Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards

Common Core Implementation Status

1. Teacher Professional Development
2. Curriculum Guides
or Instructional Materials
3. Teacher Evaluation

New Curriculum

State designs frameworks

State provides frameworks

State designs guides

State provides guides

Local districts only

Arizona’s implementation of the Common Core has focused on directing educators to the curriculum frameworks published by the authors of the Common Core, especially the “Publishers’ Criteria for the Common Core State Standards,” coauthored by David Coleman and published by CCSSO and Achieve, Inc.

New Assessments

PARCC member

SBAC member

ACT Aspire

Developing own CC-aligned assessments

New Expenditures

New expenditures required to implement the Common Core

Current annual education expenditures

Race to the Top Phase 2 award

(State is a Race to the Top recipient.)

Education Database Status

P-20 development required by state law

State is capable of having a P-20 database

State has access to homeschool students’ data

Database expansion in Arizona was limited to linking individual students’ work in individual courses with their instructor.

Potential Impacts on Homeschooling

State currently requires homeschoolers to take state-prescribed tests and report their scores

Homeschoolers must file notice of intent to homeschool

Common Core Legislation

HB 2316 would prohibit Arizona from adopting federally prescribed curricula, federal funding, and certain federal standards. This bill, though it passed the Arizona legislature, was vetoed by the Governor. SB 1310 would prevent implementation of the Common Core and withdrawn the state from PARCC. This bill failed the Senate 12-18, although the Governor has since withdrawn Arizona from PARCC. SB 1121 would suspend the requirement that students must pass a standardized test to graduate from high school for the school years 2014–15, 2015–16, and 2016–17. This bill never made it out of its first education committee.


SB 1153 would prohibit the state from giving control over standardized tests to third parties.


Local Action Groups

Advocates and Opponents in Arizona

Representative Goodale
Supports CC

Representative Boyer
Supports CC

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Updated: 7/7/2014