Arizona Could Lose Funding Over Assessments

Arizona Could Lose Funding Over Assessments

April 5, 2019

According to the Arizona Capitol Times, in 2016, a bipartisan majority of Arizona legislators “approved a law allowing school districts to offer a ‘menu of assessments’ to choose from, such as the SAT or ACT, rather than one statewide standardized test, currently the AZMerit test.” However, this law directly defies ESSA, and the U.S. Department of Education denied Arizona’s request for a waiver, which means Arizona is at risk to lose $300 million in federal funding.