Education: What Is Next for Arizona Schools?
Common Core is here to stay (for now) and a passing score on the AIMS test is no longer necessary for a high school diploma. Now, students will have to pass a civics exam to graduate.
School districts in Arizona are accustomed to the constant revisions coming out of the Department of Education. This "building the plane in flight" mentality from the state keeps the districts in a fluid state of change. This is both unsettling and destabilizing to local districts.
The Arizona educational system needs a solid framework with dynamic components that allow revisions according to the changing needs of students. Until then, Arizona schools are expected to teach to Common Core standards and test with the AZMerit exam.
In the meantime, Governor Ducey wants to reduce funding for support professionals and paraprofessionals. A big thanks to Roger Jacks for standing up with other superintendents in the state against this lack of support.
Being an educator at any level in Arizona continues to be challenging, to say the least. Hopefully one day the state can separate politics from the needs of children.
The 21st Century Learning Program in KUSD is going in the right direction, with activities that allow students the time to create and explore. It sounds like a wonderful program and my hat goes off to the grant writers and teachers making this program available to students.
I am hoping that all local districts will continue to find creative ways to circumvent the state bureaucracy .