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AzMERIT results show improvement, but Arizona schools still lag

There’s good news and bad news in the most recent results from AzMERIT, the annual statewide test that measures how students are performing in English language arts and math. The good news: Arizona students did better in 2016 than in 2015, the first year of AzMERIT, when nearly two-thirds of students in grades 3 through […]

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Navigating school choice: How seven Arizona families found the right educational fit

Jill Partridge has one child: Max. So when it came time to enroll him in school, she wanted to do it right. She toured seven campuses, met teachers, talked to parents and paid particular attention to activities that would inspire him. Partridge, of Phoenix, ended up choosing Mercury Mine Elementary in the Paradise Valley Unified […]

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Charter schools and students with disabilities

As the number of students attending charter schools increases, some parents of students with disabilities have expressed confusion about the legal obligations of these publicly funded, privately run schools to provide special education services or disability-related accommodations. Here is a brief summary of the myths and realities. MYTH #1: Charter schools do not have to […]

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The oldest arts charter schools in Phoenix

Schools that blend arts with academics provide early opportunities for young students with an affinity for visual or performing arts. They can explore their creativity through arts training, time with professional artists and performance or exhibition experience. Even youth who don’t pursue a future in the arts can benefit from arts study and training, according […]

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Valley mom starts Arizona’s first autism charter school

Diana Diaz-Hernandez, Sammy, Arizona Autism Charter School

When Diana Diaz-Harrison’s son was young, she noticed that he was not reaching typical milestones at the appropriate age. Some of Sammy’s behaviors seemed odd or different. Before he turned 2, he was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She enrolled Sammy in programs at Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC) and learned how […]

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Common Core works at Heritage Elementary

In Kiko Hermosillo’s fourth grade classroom at Heritage Elementary charter school in Glendale, students played a “Jeopardy”-style game to review a math exercise in rounding. As they worked out problems on individual white boards, Hermosillo asked them how they got their answers. He teased them gently to challenge them to explain in more detail. This […]

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New BASIS school opens in Central Phoenix

BASIS Phoenix Central charter school opened in August as a K-6 school with about 570 students. The new campus is in a five-story, 40,000 square-foot office building at Indianola and Second Avenues in Phoenix. The school currently occupies the first three floors, with future expansion planned to include grades 7 through 12 . BASIS Phoenix […]

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Early prep earns BASIS Scottsdale “best” AZ high school

BASIS Scottsdale

BASIS Scottsdale is the best high school in Arizona and the second best in the U.S., according to U.S. News & World Report 2014 rankings. But how did BASIS Scottsdale achieve that rank? I spoke to Elizabeth McConaghy, head of school for fifth through 12th grades. She says the BASIS approach is one where students […]

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Making a STEAM machine

STEAM machines

The STEAM Club (Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics) at Arizona School for the Arts (ASA) meets every Wednesday in chemistry teacher Faith Hester’s room. Last Wednesday, she and fifth-grade math teacher Tracy Ryan gave the students practical, hands-on experience with electrical circuits. The groups had to complete a circuit to power a fan, activate a […]

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Personal tech at school and more education news

BYOD comes to Seton Catholic Allowing students to bring their own phones, tablets and laptops to school, and use them in the classroom, is a recent development. Our recent article, “Students bring their own technology to school”, describes how three districts have integrated personal tech devices into the school day. Seton Catholic Preparatory in Chandler […]

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