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.
Tucson-area school districts are getting ready for the state's more rigorous new "Common Core" education standards - but preparation is proving to be an individualized rather than standardized process.
More rigorous academic standards are coming to Arizona's public schools this year, but the transition, which some schools have already begun, will be difficult and expensive.
A slight improvement in AIMS scores was seen this year across the state in all subject matters, according to test results made public Thursday.
An increase was seen this year in the number of Arizona schools that earned grades of "A," but overall, more than half were identified as "B" and "C" schools.
Reports on how well Arizona schools performed last school year are due out today.
McDonald’s restaurants statewide are inviting third- through eighth-graders taking AIMS to partake in a free breakfast today and Tuesday.
Changes are coming to the Regents High Honors Endorsement, known
as the AIMS scholarship, which covers tuition at Arizona
universities for four years.
Shelton talks to PBS about growing research programs, growing
the Phoenix medical school, changes in financial aid, and future
state budget cuts.
The Arizona Board of Regents voted 9-1 this afternoon to reduce
the AIMS scholarship from full tuition to 25 percent of
The Arizona Board of Regents will discuss proposed changes to
the AIMS scholarship program this week, but it won't approve any
All the background on the coming AIMS scholarship cuts
A regents committee rejected a proposal by the three state
universities to change a free-ride scholarship program for the
second time this summer.
Arizona's universities want to restructure the AIMS scholarship
to make it a small one-time award instead of a four-year free