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6 ways to help your child be ready for kindergarten

6 ways to help your child be ready for kindergarten

| January 18, 2017

The new year has just begun, but parents of preschoolers might already be getting notices from their local schools about kindergarten registration. While the big day may still be months away, it’s not too early to start preparing for that first day of kindergarten.

Today’s schools expect 5 year olds to arrive with basic academic and social skills so they are ready on day one to start learning to read, write and do basic math. You can help your child develop the skills they’ll need with some fun, easy, everyday activities:

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Arizona’s achievement gains can’t overcome F in funding

Arizona’s achievement gains can’t overcome F in funding

| January 18, 2017

Arizona students achievement gains over time ranked the state seventh in the nation, but that could not overcome the state’s spending for education, ranked at 50th in the nation, according to Education’s Week‘s 2017 Quality Counts report Under construction: Building on ESSA’s K-12 foundation.

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JTED funds, startup support on Arizona tech group’s legislative agenda

JTED funds, startup support on Arizona tech group’s legislative agenda

| January 18, 2017

Arizona’s biggest technology business group will push for legislation to restore career and technical education funding for high school freshmen and boost private-investment tax credits in 2017.

The Arizona Technology Council says its legislative priorities are aimed at improving the business climate for high-tech companies by widening access to capital, supporting tech-related job growth and attracting and training tech workers.

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Move On When Reading: Implementation of a Third Grade Retention Policy in Arizona

Move On When Reading: Implementation of a Third Grade Retention Policy in Arizona

| January 18, 2017

At Helios Education Foundation, we believe that the early grades are critical to a child’s future academic success. We believe that strengthening early childhood systems to promote language acquisition and emergent literacy will enable more children to read at grade level by the end of third grade. This accomplishment in turn will improve success in both middle school and high school, ultimately better preparing each student for college and career.

…In an effort to understand more about the impact of Move On When Reading (MOWR), Helios commissioned a study to learn how Arizona’s MOWR legislation is being implemented in local education agencies. This brief, authored by several WestEd evaluators focuses on the first year of the implementation study.

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Arizona Department of Environmental Quality testing water at more than 1,000 schools for lead levels

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality testing water at more than 1,000 schools for lead levels

| January 18, 2017

Officials have begun testing more than 1,000 schools across the state for possible high levels of lead in the water supply.

According to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, the testing is a proactive measure designed to see if lead levels in the water are at levels that may pose harm to children’s health.

(Proactive testing measure includes Fredonia-Moccasin Unified, Grand Canyon Unified, Flagstaff Unified, Tuba City Unified, Williams Unified, other school districts in Coconino County)

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