Replacing AIMS: State Board of Education to consider new test

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Board of Education on Monday is scheduled to consider selecting a new test for assessing whether public school students' learning satisfies state standards.

The board will hold a special meeting to consider recommendations of a procurement official, including authorizing the official to award a contract.

Students are supposed to start taking a new test next spring. It would replace the current Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards, or AIMS.

The high school graduating class of 2016 is the last that will be required by the state to pass AIMS before graduation.

Six organizations responded earlier this year to a state request for information on assessment options.

  • Cambridge International Examinations
  • College Entrance Examination Board
  • CTB / McGraw-Hill
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / Riverside
  • Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers – PARCC
  • Pearson

The state later sought formal proposals.

"This new statewide achievement assessment will be aligned to the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards and will be administered beginning in spring of 2015," according to the ADE website.