HOMESCHOOLERS, ASU ADMISSIONS AND THE AIMS SCHOLARSHIP–Part 2
Part 1 Synopsis
Homeschooled students were brought back into the picture for eligibility for the full-ride funding after several meetings with Arizona Families for Home Education, the Board of Regents and State Senator Huppenthal from Mesa in the spring of 2009. Beginning with the class of 2009, these students are required to take the AIMS test if they wish to be certified for the Regents’/AIMS scholarship, even though AFHE and Senator Huppenthal tried to push to reinstate the policy as it had been when Bethany’s Law was passed.
Current status and questions: : Homeschooled students had been eligible for the Arizona universities’ top merit scholarship based on entrance test scores from 2000 to about 2005. The provision for homeschoolers was dropped when in 2006 the Regents’ Scholarship became known as the AIMS scholarship (Honors Endorsement), available only to students who excelled on the Arizona AIMS test. In spring 2009, The Arizona Board of Regents considered dropping the AIMS scholarship program, but reinstated it for two years based on public outcry.
In order to qualify for the Regents’/AIMS funds, students must pass all sections of the AIMS test by the spring of their junior year. This means that the class of 2009 would have had to pass by April of 2008. This group of homeschoolers is effectively eliminated from the possibility of being certified since they were not eligible at that time to get the scholarship. The class of 2010 would have had to pass by April of 2009, again prior to the policy decision being made by the Board of Regents. Since the status for the class of 2011 is unknown, (and in fact the status of the AIMS test in general is in question by the Department of Education), it seems rather demeaning to say home educated teens are included for 2009 and 2010.
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