Arizona fourth-graders near bottom of U.S. list

| October 21, 2015

By Noor Jarki • Arizona Sonora NewsCasa Grande Dispatch

Fourth-graders in Arizona read at one of the lowest levels in the country; only nine states are worse. In the eighth grade, their reading improves slightly but still falls below the nation’s average.

Educational institutions in Arizona have experienced deep budget cuts, and schools struggle to fill vacant teaching positions, leaving some existing teachers overwhelmed.

As a result, students are not getting the one-on-one attention needed to accelerate their poor reading skills. Some teachers are forced to filter their syllabus to simply focus on preparing students for tests, according to Robert Wortman, professor at the University of Arizona and K-12 reading specialist for 13 years.

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