KHS students strive to exceed standards

Kingman High School guidance counselor Anne Bathauer looks over an AIMS study guide with seniors Chayla Rowley, left, and Jacey Steele, right. The students are re-taking the test in order to try to “exceed” standards and qualify for tuition waivers. Photo: TERRY ORGAN/Miner

Kingman High School guidance counselor Anne Bathauer looks over an AIMS study guide with seniors Chayla Rowley, left, and Jacey Steele, right. The students are re-taking the test in order to try to “exceed” standards and qualify for tuition waivers. Photo: TERRY ORGAN/Miner

KINGMAN - A January announcement by the state Department of Education of scholarships for college-bound students has some Kingman High School students eager to re-take the Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards test they already have passed as a graduation requirement.

Anne Bathauer, school guidance counselor, said Monday that about 50 students will re-take one or more of the three subtests on reading, writing and math next week. Those students are shooting for scores that "exceed" state standards and would qualify them for tuition waivers to any of the three state universities.

Seniors Jacey Steele and Chayla Rowley are among students who will re-test next week. Both "met" test standards as sophomores with Rowley "exceeding" the reading standard.

"I'm re-testing because I have a goal that I've set for myself," Rowley said.

Students who have "met" a standard and are seeking a higher score are eligible to test, along with students who have not yet passed one or more of the subtests.

The fall administration of the test is to be given at KHS as follows: writing on Oct. 31; reading on Nov. 1; and math on Nov. 2.

Rowley plans to re-take the writing and math subtests. She plans to attend the University of Arizona, where she will pursue a bachelor's degree in engineering physics.

"I'll go for a doctorate later," Rowley said. "I hope to work for a relief organization helping third-world countries."

Steele said she was "close" to exceeding standards on all three subtests she took in her sophomore year.

She will take all three subtests again.

"I want to attend Northern Arizona University and major in exercise science," Steele said.

"I expect to go out-of-state to get a doctorate in physical therapy," Steele said.

Bathauer said seven graduates in 2006 earned tuition waivers through the plan developed by the DOE and Arizona Board of Regents.

In order to qualify for a tuition waiver, a high school student must first complete 16 core competency classes and make a B or better grade in each.

In addition, students must meet one of two academic requirements - have a cumulative 3.5 on an unweighted scale of 4.0 or be in the top 5 percent of the class at graduation.

There also are two options for meeting the final criteria dealing with assessments. The student can exceed the standard on all three AIMS subtests or exceed the standard on two of the subtests and get a score of 3 on two Advanced Placement course tests.

"The DOE Web site (www.ade.state.az.us) has everything the student needs," Bathauer said. "We have a tutoring program and writing workshop here to further aid them in test preparation."

Results of the AIMS test to be given next week should be returned to the school by mid-December, Principal Pat Mickelson said.

Students or parents wishing more information about the tuition waiver program may contact Joe DeBaca, AIMS intervention/credits coordinator at 681-6494, she said.

"We'd like more students to re-take the test and exceed standards so that we can move from performing plus to highly performing in the Arizona LEARNS ratings," Mickelson said.

The tuition waiver is applicable for the freshman year of college. Students must meet certain minimum academic standards at the university in order for it to continue in subsequent years.