AIMS testing repealed; affects students statewide

Talk about a last-minute reprieve! 

With AIMS testing scheduled to begin Monday morning, the Arizona Legislature passed a bill on Friday afternoon that changed everything.

High school students no longer have to pass AIMS to graduate.

The state was on track to get rid of AIMS testing at the end of next year, but on Friday, it was signed into law.

The sudden repeal made for a day of joy and frustration across high school campuses in the state.

"Yes, I'm so happy.  I was like, thank you Jesus."

Many students, like the Hatcher sisters, were breathing a sigh of relief and celebrating over the abolishment of the AIMS requirement to graduate.

"For a lot of parents and students, it's a pretty happy day right now," said Craig Pletenick of the Phoenix Union High School District.

But the decision left school administrators and teachers scrambling.

Schools had changed class schedules and planned on three days of AIMS testing this week.

"The timing of it.. this is something 4:00 on a Friday before our testing on Monday.. caused so much havoc for our students and our staff," said Kate McDonald of Metro Tech High School.

Many students in the Phoenix Union High School district showed up to take the test.  At Metro Tech, 95 percent of students who signed up took the AIMS test.  Some may not have realized they don't have to any more to graduate.

"And we're all wondering whose running this show and who can we rely on and where are we going with this?  We like stability," said McDonald.

A lot of students were also taking the AIMS test to to qualify for a scholarship to Arizona universities.

Pletenick says there are hundreds of students in the Phoenix Union district that did not graduate because of failing the AIMS test are now eligible.  They will be contacting them, going over transcripts and printing diplomas.

There are still a lot of logistics to work out, not to mention what if anything will replace AIMS.


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