State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile

State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile - Arizona

June 2018


This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.
 


Kindergarten Requirements
What is the compulsory school age? Age 6 Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-802
What is the state's kindergarten entrance age? Age 5 before September 1 Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-821
What age exemptions or waivers exist for kindergarten entrance? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Does the state require children to attend kindergarten? No
Does the state require the district to offer kindergarten and if so, full or half day? What exemptions exist for districts? Yes — Half-Day Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-703
How many hours are required for grades K-3? 356 hours per year for kindergarten. 712 hours per year for grades 1-3. Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-901
Teacher Quality
What are the teacher-to-student ratio requirements for grade K-3? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in reading? Professional Development: Districts and charters that offer K-3 shall provide teacher training in scientifically based reading research. Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-704
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in math? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Does the state have an early learning endorsement or license specific to K-3? An Early Childhood Endorsement, Birth to Age 8 endorsement. Ariz. Admin. Code R7-2-615
School Readiness and Transitions
Are kindergarten entrance assessments required? Districts must provide universal screenings in Pre-K and K-3 to identify students with reading deficiencies. Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-701
What are states required to do with the results of the KEA? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Are there programs in place to guide the pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition process? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Does the state have a statutory definition of school readiness? What do states use their definition of school readiness to inform? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Assessment, Intervention and Retention
Are assessments required in grades K-3? Districts must provide universal screenings in Pre-K and K-3 to identify students with reading deficiencies. Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-701
What do the results of K-3 assessments inform? Districts must provide annual notice to parents of students in K-3 that students who do not achieve proficiency by the end of third grade will be retained. If a student in grade three has substantial reading deficiencies, the district must provide the parent with a separate written notification including a description of current services and supplementary programs, intervention options, home strategies for improving reading, and the retention policy, including exemptions and mid-year promotion. Results are used to inform intervention remedial strategies. Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-701
Are there interventions available beginning in kindergarten? What are the interventions available for students in grades K-3? Interventions are available in K-3 and include: supplemental instruction, family engagement, progress monitoring. For third-grade students being retained, interventions can include evidence-based reading intervention, summer school, before or after school reading programs, or small group instruction. Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-704, Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-701-C
Is there a third grade retention policy? Third grade retention is required, with good cause exemptions. Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-701
Family Engagement
For those states with pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition guidance, is family engagement a requirement? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
For those states with third grade retention policies, is parental input required? Parental notification is required. Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-701
Social-Emotional Learning
Where is social-emotional development emphasized in statute? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.

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