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Schools in the state will not get letter grades for their performance this year – briefly raising student hopes that it might apply to them, too. But state officials want to make sure schools are assessed for how well their students learned during the pandemic.

The Arizona Department of Education said in a statement Wednesday kids will be getting letter grades this year and actions taken by the governor and Legislature earlier this week apply to schools but “NOT individual student grade." The order is an attempt to assess academic progress in the past year and to present “evidence-based strategies to mitigate the impact of learning loss.” Read more»

STEM education starts at the youngest grade levels in Holbrook with programmable, robotic Legos.

Less than 10 percent of students at 174 rural charter and public schools passed the math section of the AzMERIT test last year, according to the Arizona Department of Education. Read more»

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»

Results from Az's new school assessment show the majority of third-grade students as "minimally proficient" in reading. Read more»

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas, in red, talks with a reporter Wednesday during her visit to the State Capitol to deliver her State of Education address.

Newly elected Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas called Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards a federal mandate that hurts Arizona schoolchildren. She said AzMERIT, which is replacing the AIMS test, was adopted with too little public input. Read more»