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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 …

Arizona AzMERIT scores: More questions than answers

June 28, 2016

The statewide scores released by the state Board of Education on Monday show slight improvements over the inaugural year. Educators and advocates saw more good news than bad in how Arizona …

Remembering the Importance of Early Literacy on Read Across America Day

March 8, 2016

Blog Post by Governor Doug Ducey Yesterday was National Read Across America Day, and I could think of no better way to celebrate the occasion than by sharing a book …

Are thousands of Arizona third-graders in danger of being held back because of poor reading scores?

March 1, 2016

Poor scores on the state’s new learning assessment test, AzMERIT, leave officials in a quandary about setting a cutoff to pass. Arizona must soon decide on the reading scores its …

Arizona Department of Education Releases 2015 AzMERIT Test Results

January 15, 2016

A lower AzMERIT score doesn’t mean that your child, your school, or our teachers are doing worse. We have raised the bar and increased expectations for what students need to …

New System Launches To Track Literacy In Arizona

October 29, 2015

There’s a new development that’s intended to help Arizonans get more information on literacy and what results schools and communities are getting. The system is called MapLIT and has been …

Read On Arizona Unveils MapLIT—A Tool to Help Advance Early Literacy in Arizona Communities

October 20, 2015

PHOENIX, Ariz.—Born of momentum building around early literacy, Read On Arizona is leading the way in developing tools to improve early literacy throughout the state. At the recent 2015 Read …

Governor Ducey PSA

September 2, 2015

Governor Doug Ducey and Mrs. Angela Ducey share the importance of Summer Reading.

Read On Chandler

Council member Heumann invited Joanne Floth, Bob Rice, and Mary Sagar to be his guests on a recent Chandler In Focus show (taped on June 8th) focusing on Read On …

Arizona Education: Early Childhood Education

We’ll take you to a program that helps kindergarteners and first-graders learn how to read and then we’ll discuss early childhood education with Arizona literacy director Terri Clark and Sam …

Read Where You Are

July 29, 2015

Read Where You Are Day of Action On July 29, use #readwhereyouare on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and invite others to be a part of this day of action. Share …

Arizona Getting $20 Million Early Childhood Education Grant

July 21, 2015

Arizona has among the nation’s lowest rates of preschool enrollment, but the state is receiving a $20 million U.S. Department of Education grant to help change that. Supporters of early …

Arizona Kids score low in well-being report

Arizona continues to rank near the bottom nationally in key indicators of child well-being, according to a report released today. The good news is the percent of Arizona teens who …

Picture of 2013 Arizona math, reading proficiency not pretty

July 8, 2015

Arizona was trailing behind in reading standards and middling in mathematics in 2013, a new report analyzing results of a federal test showed. For fourth-grade reading, Arizona was found to …

Program Helps AZ Students Become Better Readers

Hundreds of Phoenix area students in first through third grades are reading at or near grade level thanks to volunteers who work with the youngsters one on one. Tim Valencia, …

Reach Out and Read Expands To Serve Infants From Birth to Six Months

July 7, 2015

Reach Out and Read doctors are starting to guide parents about the importance of talking, singing, reading and playing with their babies as early as the newborn checkup. Our organization …


June 25, 2015

Where does the achievement gap start? Here’s one place to look: Summer. Research shows that low-income children can lose two months or more of reading skills over the summer. Children …

How Libraries can support summer-reading programs

June 22, 2015

Our middle school has implemented a summer-reading program to reinforce and maintain the reading skills of students during the summer months. These reading skills constitute a major portion of their …

How Arizona Kids Can Avoid Summer “Brain Drain”

June 3, 2015

Parents in Arizona and around the nation are encouraged to make sure their kids read during summer vacation to avoid what educators call “brain drain.” Time away from the books …

Nonacademic Skills Are Key to Success. But What Should We Call Them?

May 28, 2015

More and more people in education agree on the importance of learning stuff other than academics. But no one agrees on what to call that “stuff”. There are least seven …

No automatic failure for Arizona 3rd-graders who can’t read

April 28, 2015

Third-graders who can’t read could still get promoted to the fourth grade this year because new academic data is delayed, the Arizona State Board of Education decided Monday. But educators …

Phoenix leaders grade Mayor Stanton’s performance

April 14, 2015

Every week, The Republic asks Phoenix City Council members and the mayor to respond to a question about an issue affecting city government. Here are their responses. Phoenix Mayor Greg …

LAUP Launches Vocabulary-building Toolset to Close 30-Million Word Gap between Low- and High-Income Children

April 13, 2015

As a part of LAUP’s Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action, the Tool Aims to Teach Parents and Caregivers How to Engage Their Children in Positive, Open-Ended Conversations 04.13.15 Los …

Arizona One of Eight States Honored as a “Pacesetter” in Early Reading Work

EIGHT STATES HONORED AS “PACESETTERS” IN EARLY READING WORK Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Recognizes States That Are Tackling the Crisis in Early Reading Achievement WASHINGTON, D.C., April 13, 2015 – …

Literacy gap between Latino and white toddlers starts early, study shows

April 8, 2015

Latino toddlers whose language comprehension is roughly similar to white peers at 9 months old fall significantly behind by the time they are 2, according to a study released Thursday. Continue reading

Breaking news: Governor signed SB 1461 on Thursday, March 26th

April 1, 2015

Governor signed SB 1461 on Thursday, March 26th. This bill essentially outlines the list of reasons for promoting a student form the 3rd grade whose reading falls far below the 3rd grade level is expanded to include the school district or charter school governing board accepting a parent’s request for an exemption that includes documentation and a rationale demonstrating that the student may have a speech and language impairment or significant reading impairment, including “dyslexia” (defined). Continue reading

Phoenix library a finalist for nation’s highest honor

March 2, 2015

For making “significant and exceptional contributions” to the community, Phoenix Public Library is among 30 finalists for the nation’s highest library honor, the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Continue reading

Come Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday this year at Copper Rim or Dr. Charles A. Bejarano School

If you’ve ever shared a book with a child, you have experienced the joy and excitement this small but meaningful act can bring. Countless research studies show that reading to a child is the easiest and best way to help him/her succeed in school and later in life. Unfortunately, research also shows that less than half of children under age 5 in Arizona are read to every day. Continue reading