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Students sit in a classroom at the University of Arizona.

Are Arizona students prepared for college? Recent data indicates they're not. Students here lag the national average in all categories: English, reading, math and science. Only 23 percent of Arizona students meet the benchmarks in all four subjects. Read more»

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas attends a meeting of the Arizona Board of Education in February.

The Arizona Department of Education on Wednesday asked the state Attorney General's Office to investigate possible cheating at seven Arizona schools. Two Tucson schools, Children's Success Academy and Edge High School were among those identified in the request. Read more»

When driving, if you look in your side-view mirror, you're reminded that "objects in mirror are closer than they appear." In Arizona, lawmakers, parents, and schools are struggling to gauge how close we are to high achievement levels in our state. Read more»

Arizona Education Association head Andrew Morrill, talk show host Emil Franzi, former Pima Democratic Party Chairman Jeff Rogers, and Ward 6 Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik. Read more»

On the issues: Ward 6 Councilman Steve Kozachik, Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill, Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry, developer Richard Studwell Read more»

Vail School District Superintendent Calvin Baker; President of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber Lea Marquez Peterson; Nicole Fyffe, assistant to Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry; Pima Animal Care Committee Chairman Jack Nueman, Republican representative on the Pima County Election Integrity Commission Benny White. Read more»

Third grade is a critical time because it’s when children shift from 'learning to read' and begin 'reading to learn,' in the words of one educator.

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. The Department of Education estimates that the law will force about 1,500 children to repeat third grade next year. Another 17,000 third graders are at risk of being held back Read more»

Interviews with Pima Coounty Treasurer Beth Ford, financial advisor Shelly Fishman, and Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill. Read more»

Arizona students face a battery of standardized assessments over their careers, with mastery of different subjects being tested at different grade levels.

School officials boasted that nearly 72 percent of Arizona fourth-graders scored “proficient” or above on a state reading assessment in 2010. A year later, a national assessment put the number of proficient fourth-grade readers at just 26 percent. So do Arizona administrators have a math problem or a reading problem? Neither, it turns out. Read more» 1