Sep 22, 2012 6:49 PM by Associated Press
PHOENIX - State auditors say Arizona's schools for deaf and blind students should take steps to strengthen students' academic success.
A performance audit for the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind should ensure that students receive services early in their lives and increase students' access to highly qualified teachers.
The Auditor General's Office report released Friday also recommends that the schools strengthen management and oversight of a regional cooperative program serving students at local schools.
According to the report, ASDB students generally score lower on the state's "AIMS" test than Arizona students as a whole and that most ASDB students who took the 2011 spring test didn't pass it.
AIMS stands for Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards. The test measures students' mastery of standards in math, reading and writing.