As much as I love our virtual school, there are times I wish I had taken a different path.
AIMS week is one of those times.
The Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) test is required for all students in grades 3 – 12. Arizona also requires that public school students pass this exam in order to graduate from high school. At the present time, home school students in our state are not required to submit to these standardized tests.
While I do believe in assessing a students knowledge, I do not believe that a single test should determine whether my child graduates from high school or not.
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word standard means “regularly and widely used”. The word test means “a critical examination”. If you put these two words together, you come up with a “widely used critical examination”. Just because an examination is widely used, doesn’t mean that it accurately evaluates a persons knowledge. You couldn’t give an elephant the same type of exam as a fish, one of them is going to fail.
One thing I have learned through this adventure of ours is that all of my children learn in different ways. They all have different strengths and weaknesses. What works for one child may not, necessarily, work for another. In the same way, how can one form of testing be correct for every child?
I don’t know what the solution is, but I do know that standardized testing is not the answer.
God Bless 🙂