High-Bar Assessments

  • As part of Ready Now Yuma, YUHSD uses high bar and state assessments to better understand how well students are mastering critical content and skills. The assessments enable students, teachers, and families to have meaningful conversations about college and career readiness, establish academic goals, identify needed academic supports, and align coursework with each student’s college and career aspirations. Every YUHSD student is required to take the ACT during his/her junior year as well as the state assessment (AIMS/PARCC). In addition, students may choose to participate in any of the following assessments, so they are fully informed about where they are on the college and career-readiness continuum.

    Required Assessment for All YUHSD Juniors

    The ACT
    The ACT College Readiness Assessment is a curriculum- and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students’ academic readiness for college. It has up to 5 components: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing Test. The ACT test uses the same score scale as ACT Explore and ACT Plan, making the system an effective tool to monitor academic progress and student growth.

    Required Arizona State Assessment

    AZ Department of Education 
    In November 2014, the Arizona State Board of Education adopted a new statewide achievement test, AzMERIT, for Arizona students. Please visit the Arizona Department of Education Assessment website to learn more about the AzMERIT.

    Assessments for Students in Specific Courses


    As part of the Cambridge program of study, students may take end of course assessments which measure mastery of subjects and college and career-readiness. Students don't "pass" or "fail" the exams, but rather results are used to inform teaching and learning with the goal of supporting every student to be able to demonstrate college and career readiness. Learn More»

    Advance Placement (AP)
    Advanced Placement (AP) exams are taken each May and are the culmination of year-long AP courses. Nearly all AP exams combine multiple-choice questions with a free-response section in either essay or problem-solving format, and many colleges and universities award college credit for qualifying scores. Learn More»

    The Arizona Department of Education’s CTE Assessment is administered as an end-of-program assessment for students who have completed the required number of Carnegie Units in a CTE program. Typically both CTE programs and assessments are designed to lead the student toward certification that is accepted by a vocation or industry as a demonstration of skill or competency in that vocation or industry. Learn more»

    Additional Assessments

    Students May Choose to Take in order to Track College and Career Readiness in Every Grade Level

    ACT Explore
    ACT Explore is designed to help 8th and 9th graders explore a broad range of options for their future. It prepares students not only for their high school coursework but for their post–high school choices as well. The Explore Student Score Report gives the student information about his/her knowledge, skills, career interests, and planning, which can then be used to plan high school coursework and begin thinking about college and career interests. Learn More»


    ACT Plan serves as the midpoint measure of academic progress and helps 10th graders build a solid foundation for future academic and career success and provides information needed to address school districts' high-priority issues. It is a comprehensive guidance resource that helps students measure their current academic development, explore career/training options, and make plans for the remaining years of high school and beyond. Learn More»

    College Board
    The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.

    The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that allows students to demonstrate to colleges what they know and how well they can apply that knowledge. It tests student's knowledge of reading, writing, and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms. Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions.


    The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. It is administered annually to more than one million military applicants, high school, and post-secondary students.


    ACCUPLACER® is a suite of computerized tests that determines your knowledge in math, reading, and writing as you prepare to enroll in college-level courses. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with your academic background, goals, and interests, are used by academic advisors and counselors to place you into a college course that meets your skill level.