AIMS essays may be put on hold for some students

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PHOENIX -- Elementary school students may not have to write essays on the AIMS test anymore.

The reason? The state's budget deficit.

The state Board of Education will make a final decision later this month, but it's likely the essay section would be cut out for fourth-, fifth- and eighth-graders.

Under the proposal, all students would take the reading and math sections, but only students in third, sixth and seventh grades would continue to write the essay.

State Superintendent Tom Horne says the change would be temporary.