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Barbara Hinske, with her husband, Brian Willis, added a Little Free Library outside her downtown Phoenix home.

Looking as much like birdhouses as book repositories, Little Free Libraries are popping up at dozens of front lawns, storefronts and parks in the Valley and around Arizona. 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 Joan Lionetti, Executive Director of Tucson Clean and Beautiful; Tucson's new poet laureate Rebecca Seiferle; LD 10 state House candidate Stefanie Mach (D); and Tom Collier, Buckmaster contributor on consumer affairs. 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

Grades among states: Red=F, Orange=D, Blue=B, Green=A

Arizona is lacking policies that enforce proper training of future teachers, a study by the National Council on Teacher Quality found. Read more»

No state west of Lake Erie narrowed the achievement gap in reading between its higher- and lower-income students since 2009 more than Arizona. But whichever income category or grade the students were in, Arizona’s reading scores still ranked among the 10 worst in the country. Read more»

Arizona’s college-bound students continued to score higher than the national average on all sections of the SAT, according to a College Board report released Wednesday. Read more»

Is the iPad the end of print? Or the savior of formerly printed "content"? Read more»