Arizona Aims Higher

Arizona children deserve high-quality standards that prepare them to succeed. It's time to Aim Higher!

Video Library

Welcome to the Arizona Aims Higher video library. Below you will find an extensive list of videos that help explain what Arizona’s College & Career Ready Standards are, the benefits of higher standards and a number of educators and other stakeholders and showing their support.

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Parents Need to Hear How Our Kids Are Doing

When you take your child to the doctor, you understand how vital it is to get a complete diagnosis of how your child is doing so you can work together to ensure a healthy and happy future for your family. It’s equally important for you and your child’s teachers to get a thorough report of your child’s academic well-being to make sure that he or she is ready to succeed in the next year and beyond.

Reading the AzMERIT Parent Score Report

Parents across Arizona will soon receive their children’s score report for the new AzMERIT test. Arizona’s 2012 Teacher of the Year, Kristie Martorelli talks us through how to read the report and what it means for our kids.

The Debate: Arizona's College & Career Ready Standards

Arizona is having a debate about education standards. Are we doing what is in the best interest of our students and preparing them to succeed? Watch “The Debate” and then learn more about Arizona’s College & Career Ready Standards (Common Core) on this site.

Why These Standards?

Dr. Kimberly Rimbey explains the facts behind the creation of Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards in mathematics, as well as the benefits they bring to Arizona students.

Understanding AzMERIT for Parents

Mesa Public Schools produced this video to help parents.

Dayna Burke, 1st Grade Teacher in Sahuarita, Arizona

Arizona’s educators overwhelmingly support Arizona’s College & Career Ready Standards. Listen to 1st grade teacher Dayna Burke explain why the new standards help prepare her students to be critical thinkers, creative problem solvers, and stronger communicators.

Raising the Bar: AzMERIT

Business and community leaders from around the Valley are recognizing the importance of an educational system that adequately prepares students for the workforce. The AzMerit test is one of the ways the Arizona State Board of Education is working to better prepare students for college and career. In this video, various community leaders talk about the importance of implementing the AzMerit test and what it means for the future of Arizona’s economy.

What Classrooms Look Like with Arizona's College and Career Ready Standards

Arizona teachers from Glendale High School District give examples of how they are improving learning by using Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards.

Support for Arizona’s College & Career Ready Standards

This video was produced by the Arizona Public Engagement Task Force to help build awareness and understanding of Arizona’s College & Career Ready Standards (Common Core).

What are Common Core State Standards?

This three-minute video explains how the Common Core State Standards will help students achieve at high levels and help them learn what they need to know to get to graduation and beyond.

An Academic Checkup

Learn how the new, updated academic assessments will help set up students for success.

Arizona businesses support higher education standards

Arizona businesses are ready to hire, but despite high unemployment, they are having trouble finding new workers with the skills they need to fill vacancies.

Common Core math, explained in 3 minutes

There’s a reason the math seems more complicated. One goal of the new standards is to develop number sense, which is an understanding of how numbers can be broken down into units of smaller numbers.

A Three-Minute Video on Common Core State Standards

This three-minute video explains how the Common Core State Standards will help students achieve at high levels and help them learn what they need to know to get to graduation and beyond.

Charity Aguilera, Teacher at Washington High School

Charity Aguilera, a teacher with Washington High School, discusses how she uses standards in the classroom.

Monica Morse, Parent


Monica Morse, a parent and former Peoria Unified School District student, comments on why she feels a new assessment is needed.

Skylar, Student in the Tempe Union High School District

This Tempe Union High School District student explains why she supports a new assessment.

Kiara Weathersby, NAU Student


Kiara Weathersby, a Business Management and Psychology student at NAU, talks about the importance of academic success to our students’ futures.

Marvene Lobato, Superintendent at Fowler Elementary School District


Marvene Lobato, Superintendent at Fowler Elementary School District, explains why assessments are important to students, teachers, and administrators.

Mariah, Student in the Deer Valley High School District

This student from Deer Valley High School District tells us why she thinks new assessments are important.

Laurence Brown, Parent and STEM Professional

Laurence Brown, parent and STEM professional, discusses what assessments mean to him.

Ashley Burns, Teacher at Moon Valley High School

Ashley Burns, a teacher at Moon Valley High School, talks about the use of assessments in her classroom.

Jonathan Parker, Teacher at Thunderbird High School

Jonathan Parker, a teacher with Thunderbird High School, discusses how assessments can be used to help raise the bar in what we expect of our students.

Tim Carter, School Superintendent of Yavapai County

Tim Carter, Yavapai County School Superintendent, discusses why a new assessment is needed in Arizona.

What are Common Core State Standards (en Español)?

This three-minute video in Spanish explains how the Common Core State Standards will help students achieve at high levels and help them learn what they need to know to get to graduation and beyond.

Three-Minute Video on the Common Core State Standards (en Español)

This three-minute video in Spanish explains how the Common Core State Standards will help students achieve at high levels and help them learn what they need to know to get to graduation and beyond.

Abel Hoyos, Phoenix Union Teacher (en Español)

Abel Hoyos, a high school teacher at Phoenix Union High School District, talks about why the Common Core State Standards are better for teachers.

Third Grade Math Lesson

National Board Certified Teacher Stacey Hicks demonstrates a third grade lesson based on Arizona’s College & Career Ready Standards. Stacey teaches third grade at Pinnacle Peak Elementary in the Paradise Valley Unified District.

Middle School English Language Arts Lesson


Three 2014 Rodel Exemplary Teachers showcase Arizona’s College & Career Ready Standards in English Language Arts at the middle school level.

High School English Language Arts Lesson


2011 Arizona Teacher of the Year Amanda McAdams demonstrates Arizona’s College & Career Ready Standards in English Language Arts at the high school level.