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Mar 29, 2013 8:16 PM by Erika Flores

Educators and students weigh in on eliminated AIMS

TUCSON - High school students will no longer have to worry about passing the AIMS test to graduate.

Governor Jan Brewer signed legislation eliminating it.

It will be phased out and replaced.

A more rigorous test could replace AIMS.

Sixth grader Jada Thompson said she likes the AIMS test.

"I think it prepares you for your life," said Thompson.

Thompson said she wouldn't mind more of a challenge.

"I would rather write it out," said Thompson.

Governor Jan Brewer signed a law eliminating the AIMS test.

"I think it is okay to eliminate the AIMS if you have a good replacement for it," said Paul Martinez, who has a granddaughter in TUSD.

The move paves the way for a different test.

Educators expect the education board to adopt a more rigorous test like the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers or PARCC.

"The questions are higher level thinking. You have to explain your answer. They're going to be done on the computer so the responses will be more in depth," said Nick Clement superintendent of Flowing Wells Unified School District.

Thompson's mom said she hopes passing the new test will be required to graduate.

"I think it keeps them focused and helps them study more because they know they have to have the testing in order to graduate," said Melissa St. Ores.

Thompson said otherwise, kids do not have the motivation.

"They would just think that it's alright to be lazy and stuff," said Thompson.

Educators hope a decision can be made on the new assessment within the next few months.

This is a link to the bill:
http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/51leg/1r/bills/hb2425s.pdf

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