I am dissatisfied by the way the Arizona Department of Education has created a test such as AIMS. Although I understand the underlying intentions that students need to be taught fundamental information and skills teachers must be adequately trained by the school district in order to help their students learn the necessary information. Only after proper instruction can something like the AIMS test be administered to students and be a graduation requirement.
It is my belief that the superintendent of schools wanted to replace the failed ASAP test, instead of focusing on the most important aspect of education the students' ability to learn in the classroom.
Competency levels should be established, but methods of how students will reach these levels need to be addressed first. But until the politicians in the capitol realize this, our high school students will have to endure these unrealistic test levels.
Pedro PeII, Flagstaff