Arizona and Alaska Delay Tests

K-12 Testing

Two more states have decided to delay the use of tests to determine high-school graduation. The Arizona Board of Education pushed back use of the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards as a high-stakes exit exam until 2006. Alaska’s Governor Tony Knowles signed a law postponing his state’s graduation test until 2004.


In both Arizona and Alaska, high initial failure rates on the exams, especially in math, prompted officials and the public to call for delays and other changes to the tests. While exam supporters argued that high-stakes tests were needed to elicit better academic work from current high school students, delay proponents in both states said more time was needed for schools to align curriculum and instruction to state standards.