Common Core Readiness: Arizona College Prep Academy
As a small charter school without the ability to ask voters for bond overrides, Arizona College Prep Academy has to be judicious with its spending decisions. But like every other Arizona school, it still has to train its teachers to implement the state’s Common Core standards and eventually test students on them.
Costs of new test to be hotly debated
Public school superintendents aren’t expecting much money from the Legislature for putting Common Core into effect, but the cost of the test to measure new learning standards is going to be a hot topic of the 2014 Legislature.
The Drama of Common Core
New set of school standards searches for success
Topock, an Arizona town on the far western edge of the state, doesn’t even have a stoplight. But its school district has scrambled to prepare for the new standards and get the Internet capacity and computers necessary for the 2015 debut of the accompanying test.
Higher education officials press for more business engagement
University officials today pressed the business community and the state for more engagement in creating a robust college education system, even as they acknowledged that schools are adapting to technology-driven changes in higher education.
Brewer, 3 others cited by school superintendents for public education support
Gov. Jan Brewer, two state lawmakers and a long-time education advocate were honored Aug. 6 by the Arizona Association of County School Superintendents for their efforts on behalf of K-12 public education.
Arizona earns a B on report card for financial literacy requirements
Arizona got a B on a recent national report card that graded states for their efforts to improve financial literacy in high schools.
63 percent of Arizona public schools earn ‘A’ or ‘B’
About 63 percent of public schools around Arizona earned letter grades of “A” or “B” in the latest results of students’ academic improvement and performance.
US House OKs bill lowering student loans; some worry about long-term impact
The House on Wednesday gave final approval to a bill that would retroactively lower interest rates on federal student loans, which doubled from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent after Congress failed to act before July 1.
Judge dismisses students’ lawsuit against regents
A federal judge has dismissed a student advocacy group’s lawsuit against the state university system.
Brewer plans renewed push for K-12 performance funding
Among Gov. Jan Brewer’s big three priorities for the 2013 legislative session, performance funding for K-12 schools was the one that got left behind.
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