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70 percent of 4th-graders don’t read proficiently—what’s the problem?

Seventy. That’s the percentage of fourth graders in Arizona who don’t read proficiently.

If that isn’t alarming enough, a whopping 56 percent of third-graders failed the reading portion of the AzMERIT test in 2017, meaning they scored neither proficient nor highly proficient. Continue reading

April 5, 2018

Arizona Reads Now enters third year Early literacy–emphasis on talking that leads to reading

Talk is cheap – and priceless.

Just ask Denise Murphy, a veteran Taylor Hicks Elementary School teacher in Prescott who is in her third year as director of the Arizona Reads Now early childhood literacy project. Continue reading

March 14, 2018

Grow a reader from the very beginning through online video

A new video designed to show parents easy tips for reading with their babies is now available from First Things First. The two-minute video can be viewed at Continue reading

March 1, 2018

Early enrichment programs may boost odds poor kids go to college

Low-income children who receive educational support in school and at home from preschool through third grade may be more likely to get a college degree than their peers who don’t get extra help during their early years, a U.S. study suggests. Continue reading

January 28, 2018

10 Game-Changing Ideas in Education

We went looking for big ideas in K-12 schooling: trends, disruptions, practices, or technologies that could help solve some of the field’s biggest challenges. Continue reading

January 10, 2018

Preschool Program Helps Boost Skills Necessary for Academic Achievement

Children growing up in poverty face many challenges, but a preschool program that aims to improve social and emotional skills may help increase their focus and improve learning in the classroom, according to researchers. Continue reading

December 5, 2017

Dyslexia: When spelling problems impair writing acquisition

Dyslexia is a learning difficulty which affects the ability to adopt the automatic reflexes needed to read and write. Several studies have sought to identify the source of the problems encountered by individuals with dyslexia when they read. Little attention, however, has been paid to the mechanisms involved in writing. Researchers have recently looked at the purely motor aspects of writing in children diagnosed with dyslexia. Their results show that orthographic processing in children with dyslexia is so laborious that it can modify or impair writing skills, despite the absence of dysgraphia in these children. Continue reading

November 28, 2017

Mayor Giles: Read On Mesa Partners Launch “Mesa K-Ready”

Our city has been synonymous with excellent schools, attracting parents from near and far to start their families in Mesa. In fact, named us the best big city in the Southwest in part because of our roster of stellar schools. Continue reading

November 3, 2017

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