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Proof points: Education official sounds alarm bell about high school classes

A study found that in 2019, high schoolers were taking more rigorous courses, such as physics and calculus - but during that same period, 12th grade achievement fell, a sign that students aren’t mastering foundational basics.... Read more»

State saw largest science test score gains, still lags nation overall

Arizona posted the nation’s biggest gains in fourth-grade standardized science test scores last year but still lagged behind the national average, with the fifth-lowest scores overall, according to national test results released Thursday.... Read more»

Arizona gets D+ on schools report card — again

Arizona student test scores stayed level from 2013 to 2015 while scores nationally declined slightly, but the state’s marginal gains were not enough to lift it out of the bottom ranks on a new national report card.... Read more»1

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Top 5 things to know about mayoral control of schools

Switching to a mayor-led school system can provide a huge boost in student achievement, and cities across the country are experimenting with this new method of district control.... Read more»

State, nat'l rankings vary widely on Az student performance

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