Tag: Expect More Arizona

School districts across Arizona see small – and large – victories in AzMERIT scores

| September 28, 2016
School districts across Arizona see small – and large – victories in AzMERIT scores

The second year of statewide AzMERIT results didn’t reveal many surprises for educators. Overall, scores for math and English language arts stayed steady for many grades, while some saw improvements. It’s too soon to draw any major conclusions from the 2016 results since this is only the second year Arizona schools have used the exam, but there are many bright spots to note among districts across the state, from Prescott to Safford and Somerton to Chandler.

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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – What it is and how it might impact you.

| September 28, 2016
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – What it is and how it might impact you.

FAFSA season begins on October 1st, 2016. If you have older children who recently started college, this may be earlier in the year than you remember. The Federal government is now allowing families to apply three months earlier than in previous years. And applying online is easier than ever!

Students and their parents can now apply for financial aid during the fall of their senior year instead of waiting until January 1st.

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FAFSA Season is Here

| September 28, 2016
FAFSA Season is Here

FAFSA season begins on October 1st, 2016. If you have older children who recently started college, this may be earlier in the year than you remember. The Federal government is now allowing families to apply three months earlier than in previous years. And applying online is easier than ever!

Students and their parents can now apply for financial aid during the fall of their senior year instead of waiting until January 1st.

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Expect More Arizona: Tips for Giving Feedback on the Draft English and Math Standards

| September 21, 2016
Expect More Arizona: Tips for Giving Feedback on the Draft English and Math Standards

Arizona’s English language arts and math standards have recently been updated and are open for public feedback. Over 200 Arizona educators from 10 counties donated over 6,000 hours to reviewing every standard from kindergarten to 12th grade to ensure that they are best for Arizona students, teachers, and families. You can read more about the process here.

If you are an Arizona teacher, parent or someone who cares about education, this is an important opportunity for you to have your voice heard. It is our hope that the standards will continue to be rigorous and prepare our students for success in career, postsecondary education, and life.

We’ve put together Five Tips to help make it easy for you give feedback on the draft standards.

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Expect More Arizona: What’s Different in Arizona’s Revised Math and English Standards?

| September 14, 2016
Expect More Arizona: What’s Different in Arizona’s Revised Math and English Standards?

Arizona’s English and math standards were recently revised by Arizona educators and we’ve heard from many of you asking about the differences between the new version and the 2010 standards. Below is a brief overview highlighting the proposed updates or additions in the 2016 standards.

Please note: If these standards are adopted, specific changes in the classroom will depend on what your school is already doing. For example, many schools already teach cursive, so they may just need to check to ensure what they are doing lines up with the standards. …

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Expect More Arizona bilingual report — Missing School Matters: Why You Should Keep Absences to a Minimum

| September 7, 2016
Expect More Arizona bilingual report — Missing School Matters: Why You Should Keep Absences to a Minimum

How do you know if your child is missing too much school? It only takes two lost days per month to be considered chronically absent. That’s about 10 percent of the school year in Arizona, and while two days per month doesn’t seem like much, it can have a big impact on learning.

In fact, students who are are chronically absent in kindergarten and first grade score lower on third grade reading tests and are more likely to repeat a grade. By the time a student gets to sixth grade, attendance rates are a key predictor of whether they’ll graduate from high school.

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Guides aim to show levels of legislators’ support for public schools. Please see related stories here

| August 24, 2016
Guides aim to show levels of legislators’ support for public schools. Please see related stories here

More than 76 percent of Arizona voters in a recent poll support increased funding for Arizona public schools, but which state legislators do?

Education and children’s organizations have created resources that show how state legislators’ voted on issues that impact Arizona’s public schools to help voters with their decisions in the Aug. 30 primary and Nov. 8 general election.

In addition to funding, the informational materials cover policy issues like legislators support for or opposition to school vouchers.

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1, 2, 3: Simple Ways to Promote Language Development with your Baby

| August 17, 2016
1, 2, 3: Simple Ways to Promote Language Development with your Baby

Parenthood. As my belly grew each day, I read article after article, book after book and drilled my friends with babies with the laundry list of questions that I generated in anticipation of THE due date.

I realize now that no amount of information ingested before I had my first baby could have prepared me better than practicing being a parent. Once she was in my arms every interaction informed the next and I was now in a place where answers to questions could be put into practice and evaluated.

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Expect More Arizona provides Year-in-Review update

| August 10, 2016
Expect More Arizona provides Year-in-Review update

Thanks to your partnership, the movement for world-class education for all Arizona children continues to grow statewide. In collaboration with our network of nearly 200 partners and over 75,000 individuals, we have been able to continue to raise awareness, spotlight excellence, engage parents, educators and voters to take action, and foster a shared voice on critical education issues. We are excited to share with you some highlights of our collective impact over the past year. Many thanks to you and all of our World-Class Education partners for making this work possible.

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7 Ways to Celebrate the Summer Olympics with Your Kids While Scoring Gold in Learning

| August 10, 2016
7 Ways to Celebrate the Summer Olympics with Your Kids While Scoring Gold in Learning

Today marks the start of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We can’t all visit the sun and sand to see the games in person, but you can watch and enjoy from home. Even better, you can use the competition to create fun opportunities for learning at home.

Here are a few ideas to get your kids started:

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