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Preparing Your Student for the AIMS Test. Debra L. Cunningham, Ph.D January 25, 2011. The AIMS Test: Why is it important?. Graduation requirement Goes on transcript Ensures that students are receiving a quality education

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Preparing Your Student for the AIMS Test

Debra L. Cunningham, Ph.D

January 25, 2011

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The AIMS Test: Why is it important?

  • Graduation requirement

  • Goes on transcript

  • Ensures that students are receiving a quality education

  • Makes students responsible for not just passing classes but really learning!

  • Scholarships linked to those who exceed the standards

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What is the AIMS Test

  • Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards

    • Standards based assessment

    • Developed by Arizona teachers to fulfill a federal requirement

    • Owned by Arizona

    • Measures student proficiency of Arizona academic content standards in writing, reading, math, and science

    • Required by state and federal law

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When and How Assessed

  • Grades 3 – 8 and high school

  • Some students may receive accommodations (SpEd, 504, & ELL)

  • Some special education students may qualify for an alternate assessment

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Accessing Information on the Internet

  • Arizona Department of Education

  • Tucson Unified School District

  • Various websites specializing in test preparation

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Arizona Department of Education


  • AIMS Information Center

  • Information for Parents & Students:

    • Testing Results for Entire Schools

    • Tutoring Information

    • Information on Ordering Study Guides

    • Sample Tests

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Tucson Unified School District


  • For Parents

  • TUSD STATS/parent account: provides information on grades, attendance, and AIMS test scores for individual students

  • Parent Tips

  • Supporting Your Children During Test Week

  • Parent Links

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Preparing for Tests

  • Ask your school for test-taking skill information

  • Utilize online test prep

  • Mark the dates on your calendar in advance

  • Make sure students rest well the night before and eat a good breakfast

  • If students are nervous, they can write out their fears in advance and “pack up their troubles”!

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A well-rounded education. . .

  • According to research, a well-rounded education is best preparation.

  • Provide and insist on a quiet place for academic work/reading every evening.

  • Communicate regularly with teachers and school.

  • Be sure students attend regularly!

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  • Think of three reasons why the AIMS test is important.

  • What are some resources available to parents, teachers, and students?

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Requires an exceeds on all 3 HS AIMS tests (current 10th-gr students, only one chance) or exceed on two and a score of 3 or better on an AP exam or a good score on IB test

3.5 GPA or better and/or in top 5% of class

Nothing below a B in any of your 16 core courses in English, math, social studies, science, and modern languages

May retake courses to improve your grade; may use a high AP or an IB score to replace a course grade

AIMS Scholarship, Current Requirements

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AIMS Test Dates: Varies by level

  • Grades 3 – 8: month of April

  • High school level:

    • Writing: March 1st

    • Reading: March 2nd

    • Math: April 5th

    • Science: April 6th

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  • The AIMS test is a tough reality we all have to face and take on as a challenge.

  • Multiple resources are available for students, parents, and teachers to assist in mastery of each test.

  • Using test-taking strategies, preparing with practice tests, and getting a well-rounded education are some of the best ways to get ready.