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The 'clarion call' sounds<BR>loud and clear on AIMS

Prescott, Humboldt, Chino Valley and Mayer school district students made much more than just a good showing on the most recent battery of AIMS testing.

Results came out this past week, and Gov. Janet Napolitano, among others, expressed dismay at the statewide results, including the failure of 61 percent of 10th-graders to pass the math portion of the test.

Overall, the governor asked state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne and the state Board of Education to regard the latest results as a "clarion call" to look at why more students are not passing the test.

An overview of Prescott-area students' performance on AIMS, which stands for Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards, appeared in Friday's Courier.

Prescott Unified School District's 10th graders, who are now juniors, were the first class to have to pass the test in order to graduate. Fifty-five percent met or exceeded the math standards, 79 percent met or exceeded the reading standards and 65 percent met or exceeded the writing standards.

Chino Valley 10th graders did not fare as well on the math portion, with only 28 percent meeting or exceeding standards. But, their scores were 67 percent for reading and 58 percent for writing. Humboldt 10th graders posted 49 percent for math, 68 percent for reading and 65 percent for writing. Mayer scores for the same grade level were math, 38 percent; reading, 65 percent; and writing, 57 percent.

Statewide, the scores of 10th graders were: math, 41 percent; reading, 62 percent; and writing, 65 percent.

Younger students in this area performed above the state averages overall, and the middle grades also posted acceptable scores for the most part. Scores that fell into the "failed to meet standards" were in the math column.

Those who didn't meet the standards have four more tries for success in order to graduate.

From this first round, tri-city and Mayer educators should feel a strong measure of hope that they are doing a good job, and they should be able to see from the scores what in their curricula needs shoring up.


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