Grades 7 and 8 are required to take the AIMS test and AzMERIT test. The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) has a student guide for each grade containing a description of content, expectations, as well as, sample questions. It is available on the state website at: https://www.ideal.azed.gov/p/aims

Ever wonder what AIMS or AzMERIT stands for? What is AZ Learns? What is a Criterion Referenced Test? Our Frequently Asked Testing Questions page will define all these terms and much more for you. Go to Carson's Test FAQ  for answers.

Texas has their own state mandated testing called Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS). They have developed online interactive versions of the released TAKS™ These tests range from Kindergarten to Grade 10 in Reading, Math, Writing, Social Studies and Science. It is not a replacement for AIMS, but might be additional practice for your student. To use these tests, you need to enable your JavaScript. You will also need to disable any pop-up blocker you may have in place as the scoring function uses a pop-up window. Click here to enter the Texas site.

Sleep and Nutrition during testing is especially important.
According to Brown Medical School and Bradley Hospital research, elementary and middle school students who don't get enough sleep at night don't perform as well in school. The study, funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research and the National Institute of Mental Health, also found that kids who don't get enough sleep have a harder time paying attention.
Teachers rated students who had gotten eight or fewer hours of sleep as having the most trouble recalling material, learning new lessons, and completing high-quality work. They reported more academic problems and attention problems when sleep was restricted to shorter times.

According to a University of Nottingham study, consumption of a cocoa drink rich in flavanols--a substance found in dark chocolate--gives the brain two to three hours of increased blood flow. Lead researcher Ian McDonald, professor of metabolic physiology, says the increased blood flow can enhance performance and improve general alertness. Flavanols are also found in green tea and blueberries.

The best snacks are those that combine two or three food groups. Here are some examples: celery filled with peanut butter and topped with raisins, low-fat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and cottage cheese and fruit.