What do the letters AIMS stand for in Arizona? AIMS is the acronym for Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards. It is a program implemented and administered by the Arizona Department of Education. It is a mechanism for standardized testing. Since its inception in 1999, AIMS has been very controversial and has been tweaked several times. Parents and teachers have criticized AIMS as being too difficult, and, therefore, making our students appear to be at lower levels of accomplishment than in other states.
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