Arizona panel says keep AIMS test but add new exam

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A state task force is recommending that Arizona keep the AIMS test as a high school graduation requirement but says future test development should focus on college and career readiness.

The task force created as a result of legislation enacted last year submitted its report Wednesday to Gov. Jan Brewer, top legislative leaders and the state Board of Education.

The task force of educators said the high school AIMS test is an "important measure of proficiency" of 10th-grade standards. But it said the reading, writing and math exam doesn't do enough.

The task force recommended steps that include requiring 11th-graders to take a college and career readiness test but giving parents the option of exempting their children.

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