Arizona Test Delayed

K-12 Testing

The Arizona Board of Education postponed the effective date of a requirement that current 10th graders pass the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) in order to graduate, after parents, students and teachers took aim at the test, calling it unfair, too long, and too hard for current 10th graders to pass. As a result, this years 9th graders, the class of 2002, will be the first students required to pass the exam.


A campaign led by a high school senior Matt Rosenkilde raised concern that the standardized reading, writing and math exam was being used before students had been taught the new academic content required by the exam. Asking other students to join in opposition, he argued that while standards were important, the state had imposed the new test too quickly.


Parents and district officials also took issue with the hasty implementation of the program, while the math portion of the exam was criticized by parents and math teachers as being too advanced for secondary students.


In voting 6-1 to delay the requirement, Board officials agreed to give districts one more year to incorporate the state's standards, but warned that more delays would not be possible.