If we really want to improve education in Arizona, if we really want to improve Arizona’s economy, helping struggling readers is where we need to start. It’s an issue that impacts every Arizonan. Ultimately, we are all in this together. Struggling readers are not “those kids.” They are Arizona’s kids, and they are our future.Read More »
The number of third graders who don’t pass the reading exam in Arizona would fill every seat of Chase Field, with 5,000 kids still waiting in line outside!Read More »
Poor reading results from third-graders’ first round with the state’s new AzMERIT test aren’t bad news to one education advocate.Read More »
At the start of the 2013-2014 school year, parents were notified that if their children did not meet a new statewide literacy standard they would be at risk of repeating the third grade.Read More »
Arizona public schools would get a one-year freeze on consequences from a new high-stakes learning test under legislation the state Department of Education plans to offer during the next session.Read More »
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.
Arizona children entering third grade this year are the first who will have to prove that they can read at an acceptable level or face being held back.Read More »