Apr 032013

By Julie Wiessner
Governor Jan Brewer signed House Bill 2425 into law March 28, repealing the use of the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) tests.
This allows Arizona students to be tested with what is called an improved, more rigorous, online performance assessment aligned with the new Common Core Standards.
At this time there is no mention of a replacement test, but the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers (PARCC) test is in the works.
Without the passage of the bill, students who are already being taught with the new standards, which were adopted by the Arizona Department of Education in 2009, would have to test with the old standards of the AIMS test. The new measures are supposed to gauge Arizona students against the most rigorous standards.
Although there have been some issues raised about nationalizing standards in education, such as the possibility of losing state and therefore local control, in a press release Brewer assured Arizonans that their state leaders “should never back down from our right to revise, adjust or adopt new standards according to what is best for Arizona students.”
The governor went on to note that she remains committed to local control and parental choice, and the signing of this legislation furthers both principles.