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Arizona Department of Education Officials Working to Replace AIMS Test With 'New Assessment' (Phoenix) (02/03/14) Goldenberg, Sara

In his State of Education speech before the State House Education Committee, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal said the state wants to develop a new assessment to replace the current AIMS test, and he asked lawmakers to grant authorization to proceed with the adoption of a new test. "It is especially critical the new test accurately measure the abilities of students at the high end, students who have the potential to lead the world, and that it be more accurate at the low end, where students are at risk of ending up in jail, prison, and on welfare," Huppenthal said. Additionally, the new assessment should reflect the A-F letter grades adopted by schools across the state while maintaining students' college readiness. He also announced the creation of a website that enables parents to view information about schools and districts across the state, including school test scores, population size, and letter grades. Huppenthal also said the state plans to better prepare students for careers in technology and trade by enabling them to gain national certifications in auto mechanics, aeronautics, nursing, welding, and technology. He cited other education initiatives to develop lesson plans that not only teach a foreign language but also core lessons in the secondary language, such as math, reading, and history. Other topics included a focus on civic engagement and the promotion of student literacy.
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