It is evident that Arizona’s education is lacking in every area of standards when compared to the rest of the country. The bill that stipulates all third graders must pass the AIMS Reading test in order to progress to fourth grade is one of the brightest ideas Arizona has had yet.
Furthermore, the loophole needs to be closed and I congratulate Sen. Rich Crandall for addressing the problem that would allow parents and students to cheat the system.
According to the statute, the law allows students some leniency if English is their second language and other reasonable circumstances. Arizona needs to be accountable for educating its students and preparing them for the future.
There are too many drop-outs when students get to high school, and if they understand the material they will have a better chance at graduating with a diploma.
Education is the foundation to a better future and we need to ensure our children are as prepared for the future as possible.