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Kids deserve a top-notch education tailored to their needs. That’s why the Goldwater Institute helped make Arizona the leading state for education choice. In 2010, five Goldwater reforms became law, including education accounts for special-needs students, a school-performance rating system, ending of social promotion, expansion of charter schools, and new certification requirements so that experts in math, science, and other areas can teach their subjects without a teaching certificate from a college of education.

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  • AIMS Test Provides Transparency, Falls Short on Accountability

    Posted on August 23, 2004 | Type: Press Release

    PHOENIX-Tomorrow, the Arizona Department of Education is scheduled to release the results of the spring 2004 Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) test. AIMS is an annual snapshot of student progress toward state academic standards.

  • Report on Charter Schools Doesn't Justify Either Side's Criticisms

    Posted on August 20, 2004 | Type: In the News

    Even as the education debate has focused at last on the question of how to ensure that each and every child is learning to his or her potential, there are still those who stubbornly tout generalities: Public schools are good - or bad; charter schools are good - or bad; vouchers are a panacea - or a curse.

  • Analysis by American Federation of Teachers Incomplete: Charter School Students Show Higher Achievement Growth

    Posted on August 18, 2004 | Type: Press Release

    PHOENIX-An analysis released yesterday by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) concludes that charter school student achievement is lagging. The AFT stated that their analysis "shows that charter school students mostly underperform and sometimes score about as well as regular public school students." However, that conclusion is based on a limited one-year snapshot of test scores.

  • Programs are Overhyped

    Posted on August 11, 2004 | Type: Op-Ed | Author: Darcy Olsen

    In response to a column I wrote on preschool, a young mother called in tears to ask, "How should I teach my 3-year-old?" She had read so many articles hyping preschool that she was afraid she'd be cheating her daughter if she kept her at home.

  • Race to the Bottom: Minority Children and Special Education in Arizona Public Schools

    Posted on May 10, 2004 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Matthew Ladner

    In the year 2000, the United States Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights (OCR) surveyed all of the nation's public schools concerning their special education students. The resulting data-known as the OCR 2000 Elementary and Secondary School Survey-allow for the exploration of the possible existence of racial bias in the assignment of special education labeling. Specifically, the OCR data contain information not only about the race of disabled students, but also about the type of disability labels they carry at the individual school level.

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