PHOENIX (AP) - The cost per Arizona student for the new test to measure progress under Common Core is nearly 50 per cent more than the AIMS test.
The Arizona Capitol Times reports that the cost is causing sticker shock among some lawmakers and advocates for the learning standards.
This week, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers announced after years of developing the test it will cost $29.50 per student. Arizona paid $18 to $20 per student depending on the grade to give the AIMS test to 750 students in the 2012-13 school year.
House Committee on Education chair Rep. Doris Goodale says the per-student increase will make the test unaffordable when multiplied by the number of students who will be taking it.