Both Paulo Freire Freedom Schools will participate in AZMerit standardized testing during the month of April. There is a writing test, two reading tests, two math tests, and an eighth-grade only science test. On testing days, please do your best to help your student arrive at school well rested.
At PFFS, we recognize these standardized tests are only one small piece of data about what our students know and are able to do. We do not teach to these tests; instead, we focus on authentic and real-world problems which challenges our students to work creatively, collaboratively, and critically on challenging and rigorous topics and issues. Not surprisingly, studies show a project-based curriculum actually prepares students better for these tests than teaching to the test.
If you have any questions about AZMerit tests, student accommodations, or anything else, please let us know.