Welcome to the Union Elementary School District website! We are located in Tolleson, Arizona, which is situated about 25 miles west of downtown Phoenix, Arizona. Our district consists of two schools: Hurley Ranch Elementary School and Dos Rios Elementary School.
Our district features award-winning staff, students, and programs focused on:
U- Unparalleled excellence
Dear Colleagues, Parents, and Community Members,
Each year in April our Union students have the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned during the year by taking state assessments developed through the Arizona Department of Education. If it has been a while since you have taken a test, or you want to see what your child is learning, let me give you a sample question from the Grade 6 Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) test, to see how you do. You will find the answer at the bottom of the page.
What represents a 2/3 ratio?
The Arizona Based Assessments, called the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS), are designed to measure student proficiency in the Arizona Curriculum Standards in Writing, Reading, Mathematics, and Science and are required by state and federal law. All students in Arizona, including our Union students in grades 3-8 take the exams during the week of April 7-11 this year.
We are very fortunate that our students are properly prepared and based on our on-going assessments, we believe they will perform well on these tests. Every day of classroom instruction with our highly qualified staff prepares students for these tests. Our teachers base instruction on the standards and have multiple methods of teaching and assessing students learning on a daily basis. You can help by making sure your child comes to school well rested and does not miss school during the week of testing.
According to Ms. Melanie Block, Director of Academic Services for the district, "Data from the assessments will be received in June and will be communicated with teachers and parents to help plan future instruction for our students."
For additional information about the assessments, please visit our website or the Arizona Department of Education for additional sample materials to assist your child. Just in case you need a little help, the answer to the question above is D.
Thank you for supporting our schools, teachers, and our students.
Dr. Patricia Gillespie