AIMS: KAOL scores rare triple-double

Led by intermediate school scores, students excel on standardized test

KINGMAN - Meeting state standards is the goal all teachers and administrators have for their students taking Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards tests.

Passing math, reading and writing subtests in high school is mandated for students to receive a diploma at graduation time.

Intermediate level (grades 3-5) students at Kingman Academy of Learning should have little trouble in high school, based on scores posted on the spring 2007 AIMS test.

In grade 3, 78 percent of students met or exceeded (20 percent exceeded) standards in math, 74 percent met or exceeded reading standards, and 96 percent met or exceeded (17 percent exceeded) writing standards.

Fourth-graders shine

Percentages were even more impressive among fourth-graders, with 67 meeting and 19 exceeding math standards, 67 meeting and 13 exceeding reading standards, and 75 meeting and 22 exceeding writing standards.

The triple-double in the exceeding category is rare at any grade level.

"It tells me we're focusing on the right things in the classroom," said Susan Chan, district administrator. "We don't have a lot of down time as we instruct in the standards with our teachers working very hard."

Grade 5 results show 71 percent of tested students meeting or exceeding the math standard, 79 percent meeting or exceeding the reading standard, and 62 percent meeting or exceeding the writing standard.

In sixth grade, 73 percent of students met or exceeded (with 26 percent exceeding) the math standard, 72 percent met or exceeded in reading, and 86 percent met or exceeded in writing.

"Our sixth-grade teachers did an awesome job," Chan said. "But I don't want to discount what happened prior to sixth grade.

"Those students must also be taught well in fifth and fourth grades and on down the line."

Scores were fairly consistent among students in grades 7 and 8.

In seventh grade, they ranged from 71 percent to 79 percent meeting or exceeding standards in all three subjects. Eighth-grade scores ranged from 72-80 percent meeting or exceeding standards in the three subjects.

Sophomores 'great' on AIMS

"I was pleasantly surprised by our tenth-graders," Chan said. "It was their first time to take AIMS and they did a great job."

Among sophomores tested, 64 percent met or exceeded the math standard, 78 percent met or exceeded the reading standard, and 68 percent met or exceeded the writing standard.

Results were more varied in grade 11. Among juniors, 78 percent met or exceeded the math standard, 88 percent met or exceeded the reading standard, and 67 percent met or exceeded the writing standard.

"Students taking AIMS in grade 11 are those who did not pass it in tenth grade," Chan said. "They have been tutored and participated in special remediation classes, so we were well pleased with their results."

Not enough students tested for scores to be released in grade 12.

"We're going to keep doing what we're doing," Chan said. "We're going to stress a little bit more writing in grades 5 and 7.

"But our principals are very aware of what it takes to have a great school and that's what we continually focus on."