Students across Arizona dread taking it. Some teachers don't want to give it. Now some legislators say it may be time to give the AIMS test a failing grade. It could disappear with the stroke of the governor's pen.
A bill passed both the House and Senate and is on Gov. Jan Brewer's desk to phase out the test and makes way for what educators call "higher standards". But some lawmakers say this move will cheapen the high school diploma.
"I think the AIMS test was problematic in a lot of ways, driven hard in a political agenda," said Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill.
Morrill also says the AIMS test wasn't the best tool for students. Brewer agrees.
"It was a first start. It was a good effort. I think we need to raise the bar," said Brewer.
Since 2006, high school students have had to pass reading, writing and math sections of the Arizona Instruments to Measure Standards test to get their diploma. Some lawmakers say students will be cheated if it doesn't stay that way.
"I've watched shaking my head as we dumb down the passing grade; we'd exempt students who couldn't pass it. Now the thought of totally doing away with it, I just can't support," said Republican Rep. John Kavanaugh.
The state Department of Education raised the bar for English and math skills in 2010 as part of its new Common Core standards.
"We need to expect more from our students and they should graduate with ability to go the best universities here in Arizona," said Brewer.
There's a plan in the works for a new comprehensive test on everything students learn in high school. It'll be introduced next year, but students won't need a passing grade to graduate.
"I think it sends a bad message to students that in the end there's no real true accountability," said Kavanaugh.
Brewer has about a week to sign the bill. This would only affect current sophomores and newer classes.
Those in their junior and senior years right now will still have to pass the AIMS tests.
Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.
Tuesday, March 11 2014 9:00 AM EDT2014-03-11 13:00:39 GMT
A man has been arrested in connection with the 2012 beating death of a 70-year-old man in New Britain, police said.Alexis Rodriguez, 32, was identified as the suspect in the murder of James Joseph, Sr.,More >
A man has been arrested in connection with the 2012 beating death of a 70-year-old man in New Britain, police said.More >
Tuesday, March 11 2014 8:28 AM EDT2014-03-11 12:28:24 GMT
A Hartford police sergeant was in the hot seat following a high speed chase that was caught on camera. A few weeks ago, Sgt. Eric Smith barreled through a red light on a city street, hit speeds of 80 milesMore >
A Hartford police sergeant was in the hot seat following a high speed chase that was caught on camera.More >
Monday, March 10 2014 6:49 PM EDT2014-03-10 22:49:18 GMT
One of the two men accused in a deadly Cheshire home invasion in 2007 was found "unresponsive" in his cell Monday morning.Steven Hayes, who was convicted in a 2007 attack in which Jennifer Hawke-PetitMore >
One of the two men accused in a deadly Cheshire home invasion in 2007 was found "unresponsive" in his cell Monday morning.More >
Tuesday, March 11 2014 11:50 AM EDT2014-03-11 15:50:48 GMT
Firefighters in West Haven are on the scene of an early morning fire. Officials said the fire was called in at 89 Coleman Street shortly after 4:30 a.m. There is no word on if anyone has been injured. WFSBMore >
Officials said a couple and their grown daughter were killed in an early morning fire Tuesday at a West Haven condominium complex.More >
Tuesday, March 11 2014 7:51 AM EDT2014-03-11 11:51:06 GMT
Health officials are investigating two cases of measles in Fairfield County and now, schools are warning parents about the disease.An adult, whose age was not provided, and an infant got the measles, accordingMore >
Health officials are investigating two cases of measles in Fairfield County, and now schools are warning parents about the disease.More >
Monday, March 10 2014 9:25 AM EDT2014-03-10 13:25:30 GMT
Patients and doctors said they were worried that their personal information was exposed after someone found medical records from a lab in Newington.Therese Carey said she was surprised when EyewitnessMore >
Patients and doctors said they were worried that their personal information was exposed after someone found medical records from a lab in Newington.More >
Monday, March 10 2014 5:12 PM EDT2014-03-10 21:12:44 GMT
State police are investigating a medical incident in Lebanon Monday morning. Officers were called to a scene on Smith Road around 8:50 a.m. The incident remains under investigation by state police andMore >
State police are investigating after two people were found dead in a motor vehicle in Lebanon Monday morning.More >