By Natalie Delintt, Alissa Baker, and Kylee Demauro
Cougar News Blog
Students at Cactus Canyon Junior High prepared for the science AIMS test that took place on March 30.
The test, which is only taken by fourth and eighth graders, is the only remaining AIMS test. The state tests for reading, writing, and math switched to the AzMERIT format in 2015. The test consisted of standards students learned their eighth-grade year.
For review, Candice Wyatt went over most of the standards taught during the 2015-16 school year and had her students use their science journal to help themselves prepare for the test.
Students have been reviewing off and on for about two months.
“Reviewing is important to my students because it refreshes their brains and connects old and new material,” said Mrs. Wyatt.
“Reviewing is a little frustrating for the kids that already knew how to do some of the things, but I know that it is good to review before a big test,” said Will Cobb.
Wyatt uses old test scores and her class’ prior understanding of different subjects to know if she had to review certain objectives and skip over others.
Regan Roach assigned homework that required students to use their notebooks because the topics were from the beginning of the year and many students needed a review.
“Our teachers worked really hard to make sure that we understood everything again so we would do well on the test,” said Cass Casperson.
Questions on the AIMS test are a little different than questions on benchmarks, in the sense that they are worded differently. This can made them more difficult, even though they are on the same subjects as the regular biweekly tests.
Mrs. Wyatt said students tend to get the questions wrong because they look confusing, which is why teachers told them to read the question very carefully.
“Sometimes the questions are more difficult to understand on the AIMS tests and students get confused,” said Wyatt.