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Grow a reader from the very beginning through online video

March 1, 2018

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

Early enrichment programs may boost odds poor kids go to college

January 28, 2018

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

10 Game-Changing Ideas in Education

January 10, 2018

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

Preschool Program Helps Boost Skills Necessary for Academic Achievement

December 5, 2017

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

Dyslexia: When spelling problems impair writing acquisition

November 28, 2017

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

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

November 3, 2017

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

Results Count Heads to Arizona to Help Kids Hit Grade-Level Reading Benchmarks

October 30, 2017

Reading at grade level by third grade is a critical milestone — one that can help predict whether or not kids will thrive in later grades and graduate from high school. That’s why Read On Arizona — a statewide public-private partnership devoted to improving early language and literacy outcomes — tapped the Annie E. Casey Foundation to advance its work helping young Arizonans reach this important target. Continue reading

Chronic Absenteeism in Arizona: Minutes Matter

September 25, 2017

School is back in full swing in Arizona, and there’s work underway to ensure children are not missing out on the opportunity to learn. Continue reading

AzMERIT, MSAA, and NCSC Results

September 12, 2017

Please be aware that the Arizona Department of Education does not issue AIMS nor AzMERIT results. Please contact the school or LEA where the student tested for this information. AzMERIT …

Search for your school’s 2016-17 AzMERIT scores

September 6, 2017

The Arizona Department of Education released official 2016-17 AzMERIT results Wednesday afternoon, but the public will have to wait until Oct. 9 to see how the scores will impact new A-F school letter grades. Continue reading

Media Advisory: State of Arizona and City of Phoenix Receive National Awards at Read On Arizona Literacy Summit August 29

August 29, 2017

MEDIA ADVISORY State of Arizona and City of Phoenix Receive National Awards at Read On Arizona Literacy Summit August 29 Governor Ducey, Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas, Phoenix Mayor …

Parents Urged to Get Children’s Vision Screened This Summer

July 5, 2017

Click to see Spanish version PHOENIX – Only about one in four Arizona children younger than age 6 gets regular vision screenings, according to the Children’s National Health Survey, but …

New Initiative Helps AZ Parents Prepare Babies for Reading Success

May 24, 2017

Just because babies can’t talk, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t talk to them. That’s just one tip in a new language and literacy awareness campaign. Continue reading

Reading with children starting in infancy gives lasting literacy boost

May 4, 2017

New research at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting shows that reading books with a child beginning in early infancy can boost vocabulary and reading skills four years later, before …

First Things First Named Among Top 25 Innovations in Government by Harvard University

May 2, 2017

Today, First Things First was announced as a Top 25 program in this year’s Innovations in American Government Awards competition by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at …

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

April 24, 2017

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 …

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

April 13, 2017

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 …

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

April 12, 2017

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

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

March 31, 2017


Unlocking ESSA’s Potential to Support Early Learning

March 17, 2017

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 …

The most important skills kids need to succeed in life

March 2, 2017

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 …

Evidence for ESSA and the What Works Clearinghouse

February 9, 2017

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 …

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

February 6, 2017

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. …

Study: Nearly 60 percent of children like reading for fun

January 30, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly 6 out of 10 young people ages 6-17 say they read for fun, according to a new study from Scholastic and YouGov, a percentage that …

State ESSA Plans Seek to Be Ambitious But Achievable

January 17, 2017

When the No Child Left Behind Act passed in 2001, state education leaders hated the law’s mandate that every child in the country be proficient in math and reading by …

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey doubles down on education in annual address

January 9, 2017

In his 2017 State of the State address, Gov. Doug Ducey said it is time to give all Arizona teachers a raise. Gov. Doug Ducey sounded an optimistic call to …

K-3 Policymakers’ Guide to Action: Making the early years count

November 22, 2016

This special report summarizes the top policy components 12 of the nation’s top content experts convened by Education Commission of the States prioritized for a high-quality K-3 system. Read the full …

New Report Outlines Factors Influencing 3rd Grade Literacy

September 23, 2016

READ ON ARIZONA Press Release September 23, 2016 New Report Outlines Factors Influencing 3rd Grade Literacy Frequent School Absences Put Children at Academic Risk PHOENIX, Ariz.—Given the critical role literacy …

How did Students Perform on AzMERIT This Year?

August 3, 2016

This year, Arizona students in several grade levels showed increased proficiency in their AzMERIT results, when compared to the benchmark scores from the previous year. The percentage of students scoring …

Making a Difference: First Things First

(Read On Yuma’s Rudy Ortiz shares the importance of children’s literacy success) YUMA, Ariz. – “When children have a struggle with their literacy skills, school becomes a place of not …