AIMS testing to begin at Arizona schools this week

Students across the state will start AIMS testing this week.
 
The test measures students’ knowledge of math, reading, writing, and science. Students start taking the AIMS test in 3rd grade and take it yearly through high school.
 
2014 is the last year for the AIMS test as new standardized testing is being developed that will replace it along with the Common Core education standards.
 
At Fulton Elementary in Chandler, teachers said that this year is a transition year, meaning they've had to teach to both standards at the same time.
 
Melissa Nordquist teaches the 6th grade. 
 
"Next year the tests being developed will likely be more rigorous as it focuses more on critical thinking," she said.
 
Nordquist said the AIMS test is mainly a review of what kids have done all year long, but still some kids are nervous at times.
 
"Math is where kids get worried," she said. "We spend time going over some of the concepts and equations prior to the tests."
 
Principal Amy Kramb said, the teachers have had few problems trying to incorporate the Common Core standards into the teaching plan this year, but is looking forward to when the transition is complete.
 
Kramb said they work hard to make the kids prepared and calm on test days.  She stressed that parents can help by making sure kids get a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast.
 
McDonald's restaurants around the state are providing free breakfast to kids in 3rd to 8th grade Monday and Tuesday. Last year, Arizona McDonald's served 84,000 meals on the first two days of testing.

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