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Mar 29, 2013 7:06 PM

New Arizona student assessment to replace AIMS

Next year's high-school freshmen will no longer be required to pass the AIMS test to graduate.

However, they will take a new assessment that reflects tougher academic standards and their scores may be included in course grades as early as 2016.

The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/10g52XG) says the state Board of Education has yet to determine what percentage of the grade that may be.

Current high-school students still will be required to pass Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards test to graduate.

AIMS will be replaced with the new test for third- through 10th-graders in the 2014-15 school year with an 11th-grade test coming out the following year.

Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law Thursday a bill that erased AIMS as a graduation requirement, contingent on the education board adopting the assessment.

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