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Advocate: Poor AzMERIT reading results reflect higher bar

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

Little Free Libraries putting books just down the street

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»

Reading, writing, ‘rithmetic – retention? New 3rd-grade standards

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»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Tucson poet laureate aims for more literacy

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»

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

Arizona scores low in teacher preparation study

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

Poor students close reading gap with Az’s higher-income kids

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»

Despite drops, Az students outpace nation on SAT scores

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»

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Literacy in the age of iPad

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