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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.

  • Hispanic Males Twice as Likely to be in Special Education

    Posted on May 10, 2004 | Type: Press Release

    PHOENIX-A Goldwater Institute report released today shows that minority students in predominantly white Arizona schools are significantly more likely to be placed in special education than their peers who attend predominantly minority schools. The analysis of new school-level data from the federal Office of Civil Rights shows Hispanic and American Indian males are labeled at a rate 64 percent higher in schools that are 75 percent or more white than in schools that are 25 percent or less white.

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