TUSD board: Students who don't qualify to graduate can't walk
CREATED May. 22, 2012
Reporter: Kevin Keen
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The Tucson Unified School District board decided Tuesday night to stick to policy and not allow high school seniors who failed the AIMS test to walk during graduation ceremonies. Passing the standardized test is a state requirement for receiving a diploma.
Several students and parents spoke during an extended public comment period, asking for an exception that would allow them to walk.
Board member Adelita Grijalva proposed the waiver. But with no support and no second from another board member, the issue never went to vote. Students who failed the AIMS test or part of it will not be allowed to walk at ceremonies, which start Wednesday.
The board and TUSD staff did agree to make expectations and options more clear for future students who don't pass the test, which students can take up to five times until they pass.
The district intitally estimated 158 seniors did not pass the AIMS test this year, but later revised that number to 107. Some of those students will be able to use their ACT or SAT scores to qualify for graduation, staff said.