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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»

Gov. Jan Brewer delivers her State of the State address Monday.

Gov. Jan Brewer called Monday for Arizona to make performance part of the formula that allocates school funding.Gov. Jan Brewer delivers her State of the State address Monday. Read more»

Audrey Beardsley, an associate professor in Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, said Arizona's education policies align well with the goals of StudentsFirst, which gave the state a C-minus but still ranked it eighth in the nation.

A conservative advocacy group gives Arizona a C-minus in a national report card on education policy but notes the state has made strides in reform and has room for growth. Read more»