Law Ends AIMS Test As Graduation Requirement

By Alexandra Olgin
Published: Friday, February 20, 2015 - 5:40pm

Good news for high school students who thought they had to take a standardized test Monday. Now they don’t.

The Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) test is no longer required to graduate high school. This change happened Friday, just two days before the exam was scheduled.  

Friday afternoon the Secretary of State signed the bill into law, on behalf of the governor, that eliminated the test as a graduation pre-requisite.

This action ends the requirement early; it was set to expire at the end of next year.

Joe O’Reilly is with the Mesa School District. The way he interprets the law, it would allow for some previous students to now graduate high school.

“What we are going to do, is contact those students and say the AIMS test is no longer a requirement, you meet all the other graduation requirements you can now get a high school diploma,” he said.

The test will still be offered for students who are trying to qualify for scholarships. 

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