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    Filed at 11:04 am under by dcobranchi

    AZ educrats are shocked (shocked, I tell you) that HEKs are declining the offer to take the state accountability tests.

    [T]he state offers few incentives for home-schooled students to endure the hassle of AIMS.

    Public school students who exceed state standards on AIMS and meet other conditions will receive automatic full-tuition scholarships at any state university starting with the class of 2006, but Arizona Board of Regents assistant executive director Mark Denke said the offer does not apply to home-schooled students.

    Nevertheless, Denke said, home-schooled students can still benefit by taking AIMS.

    “If they did well, it would be another piece to consider in their favor when awarding scholarships,” he said.

    Is he kidding?

    2 Responses to “WHY BOTHER?”

    Comment by
    February 28th, 2005
    at 11:57 am

    “If they did well, it would be another piece to consider in their favor when awarding scholarships,” he said.

    Next, you will see that kids cannot get scholarships without taking the test.

    Comment by
    March 1st, 2005
    at 1:08 pm

    It’s a great big scam as far as I’m concerned.

    We were suckered into having me take the OH 9th grade proficiency test — the local superintendent thought he might be able to get me a diploma from the local high school, but that fell through when the school board found out — and it was a waste of time and mental resources. It was at a lower level than what I’d learned in 6th grade in my H.G. program in a public school. My best friend at the time had passed it while a 7th grader in a local parochial school.

    However, it was a nice warm-up for the kind of testing that I got in my first few college classes (180 kids in an auditorium, always a chair between you and the next kid, etc.) without the pressure of the SAT/ACT thing as it was, you know, insanely easy. What was sad, to me, was that I wasn’t the only senior there — in fact, most of the people taking the test with me were 12th graders, taking the test for the 5th, 6th, 7th, or even 8th time.

    I got top marks, and my only look at my local high school out of that experience. So.

    (the proficiency test was required to get into both Ohio State and Ohio University — but only if you were a public school student — so I filled out that form with my scores, and then they ignored it)