Education

State saw largest science test score gains, still lags nation overall

WASHINGTON - Arizona posted the nation's biggest gains in fourth-grade standardized science test scores last year but still lagged behind the national average, with the fifth-lowest scores overall, according to national test results released Thursday.

New Math

Marcos de Niza kicker more than just a girl playing football

TEMPE - It may sound cliche at this point for anyone who knows Krysten Muir, but that doesn’t make the sentiment by her mother Kathy any less true.


Arizona PBS will launch 24/7 channel for kids

PHOENIX – When Claire Stoehr was less than a year old, she began watching “Super Why," a PBS show that teaches kids reading skills.


Despite language barrier Chinese coaches learn from Arizona State staff

TEMPE - As Arizona State assistant track coaches Ronnie Williams and Tamara Ards demonstrated the proper technique for sprinters to explode from their starting blocks, about 30 coaches from China looked on, appearing perplexed.


Schools out on Fridays as AJ students adjust to four-day school week

APACHE JUNCTION – One year after a southeast Valley school district switched to a four-day school week, some parents and students still grapple with longer days and child-care schedules while others have embraced the new model.


Goodyear seventh-grader goes to White House as ‘kid science adviser’

WASHINGTON - Goodyear middle schooler Sage Foreman had an idea for a national technology "field trip" day that could help get schoolkids interested in the sciences. That idea was enough to get Sage a field trip of his own Friday - to the White House, where he was one of just 11 students from across the country invited to be a "kid science adviser" for a day.

Whiz Kid

STEM internships give research opportunities to teens

Phoenix - The Translational Genomics Research Institute and the Helios Education Foundation teamed up 10 years ago to create internships for high school students as young as 16 in human genome research.


Hurley and Final Four come together to encourage Arizona kids to read

TEMPE - As Sparky, Arizona State University’s mascot, entered the gym, a loud roar filled the air and a group of excited third-graders held up their palms, eagerly awaiting high fives from the Sun Devil.


A decade after recession, Arizona schools still suffer from budget cuts

WASHINGTON - When Pinnacle High School physics teacher Mike Vargas needed motion sensors so his freshman students could engage in a special experiment, he didn't look to his school board for funding.


Graduation rates reach new high; Arizona rate lags behind nation

WASHINGTON - High school graduation rates reached an all-time high of 83 percent last year, but Arizona still lagged behind the nation at 77 percent in the 2014-2015 school year, the White House said Monday.

Graduation Gains

Who teaches the teachers? Rules would hold teacher colleges accountable

WASHINGTON - For years, the U.S. Department of Education has rated teachers' success based on how well their students performed on tests. Now, it wants to take a step back and evaluate how teachers are taught to teach.

Teacher Teacher

Arizonans: Do you have a passion for improving your community?

Are you an Arizona resident with a passion for improving your neighborhood, city, county or state?