Preparing Your Student for the AIMS Test

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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
• 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
       What is the AIMS Test
• Arizona’s Instrument to Measure
  – 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
    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
    Accessing Information on the
• Arizona Department
  of Education
• Tucson Unified
  School District
• Various websites
  specializing in test
 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
 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
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”!
   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
• Communicate regularly
  with teachers and school.
• Be sure students attend
• Think of three
  reasons why the
  AIMS test is
• What are some
  resources available to
  parents, teachers,
  and students?
    AIMS Scholarship, Current
• Requires an exceeds      • Nothing below a B in
  on all 3 HS AIMS           any of your 16 core
  tests (current 10th-gr     courses in English,
  students, only one         math, social studies,
  chance) or exceed on       science, and modern
  two and a score of 3       languages
  or better on an AP       • May retake courses to
  exam or a good score       improve your grade;
  on IB test                 may use a high AP or
• 3.5 GPA or better          an IB score to replace
  and/or in top 5% of        a course grade
AIMS Test Dates: Varies by level
            • Grades 3 – 8: month of
            • High school level:
              – Writing: March 1st

              – Reading: March 2nd

              – Math: April 5th

              – Science: April 6th
• 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.

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