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Arizona Board of Education adopts A-F grading system for schools

Arizona public schools will get new letter-grade ratings for the first time in three years this fall, and the state will calculate them in ways both different and similar. Schools will …

April 24, 2017

When it comes to reading, kindergarten is the new first grade

A new nationwide study has found that children entering first grade in 2013 had significantly better reading skills than similar students had just 12 years earlier. Researchers say this means …

April 13, 2017


Southwest Human Development kicks off expansion of literacy efforts with April 18 reception

Southwest Human Development, Arizona’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to early childhood development, is taking some important steps to expand its literacy programs for children as part of its partnership with Read On Phoenix. Continue reading

April 12, 2017

Mary C. O’Brien Elementary School Named Arizona’s Read To The Final Four Statewide Champion

HELIOS CELEBRATES THE 34,000 ARIZONA THIRD GRADERS WHO READ OVER 5,500 DIGITAL BOOKS, LOGGING OVER 6.1 MILLION MINUTES OF READING PHOENIX, March 31, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Helios Education Foundation and the …

March 31, 2017


Unlocking ESSA’s Potential to Support Early Learning

New America and the BUILD Initiative offer an introduction to ESSA and explore the implications for our youngest learners. Learn what states and local school districts can do to support early …

March 17, 2017

The most important skills kids need to succeed in life

We all want our children to do well in school, and it’s generally understood that reading is the most important skill for academic success. (There’s plenty of research to support …

March 2, 2017


Evidence for ESSA and the What Works Clearinghouse

In just a few weeks, we will launch Evidence for ESSA, a free web site designed to provide education leaders with information on programs that meet the evidence standards included …

February 9, 2017

Identifying scalable policy solutions: a state-wide cross-classified analysis of factors related to early childhood literacy

Given the critical role that literacy plays in children’s academic and personal development, policymakers have increasingly focused on policies related to early childhood literacy, particularly among poor and minority students. …

February 6, 2017




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