Exam differs from AIMS and is based on Common Core Standards.
Resolution: Standardized testing has taken focus away from developing the “whole child.”
Most Pima school districts were on par or above the state average.
State-issued letter grades for public schools were released Monday afternoon.
Seventy-seven Tucson children may have to repeat the third grade after failing to meet statewide reading standards.
Students taking the AIMS test can pick up a free breakfast Monday and Tuesday courtesy of McDonald’s.
Students taking the AIMS test can pick up a free breakfast Monday and Tuesday courtesy of McDonald's.
Kids in third through eighth grade taking the AIMS test can get free breakfast at participating Tucson McDonald's restaurants from 6 to 9 a.m. April 7 and 8.
The Arizona Department of Education will allow extra time for school districts and charter schools to assess a new online assessment that might replace the AIMS test, after receiving complaints about the timing of the assessment.
The Tucson Unified School District is looking to spend more than $2.2 million to prepare for a new online assessment being piloted by the state that may never be used.
PHOENIX - The top performing school district in the state got there by borrowing liberally from the ideas and concepts of its neighbor.
PHOENIX - Arizona schools need more money, and it's time for the governor and lawmakers to provide it, state school Superintendent John Huppenthal said Thursday.
Letter grades and AIMS scores will be released for Arizona schools today.
Tucson-area third-graders will face more pressure next school year when the AIMS test determines whether they move to the next grade.
WASHINGTON - A decade into the school accountability movement, pockets of resistance to standardized testing are sprouting up around the country, with parents and students opting out of the high-stakes tests used to evaluate schools and teachers.
In the fall, all Tucson-area school districts will start judging teachers more strictly based on how their students perform on standardized tests and other measures of student progress.
PHOENIX - Calling it "an important part of improving education," Gov. Jan Brewer signed legislation Thursday to eliminate the AIMS test - including the graduation requirement - paving the way for something else to measure the new Common Core Standards already being implemented in Arizona schools.
PHOENIX - Arizona high schoolers may soon be rid of having to pass AIMS - or any standardized test - to graduate.
With its existing system for tracking and assessing student performance "on the verge of collapse," the state is preparing to launch a $35 million overhaul to make student records more usable for teachers.
Think high-stakes testing, and you're likely to conjure up images of stressed-out teenagers pulling all-night study sessions in a desperate attempt to graduate from high school.