Archive — Month: July 2017


Published: July 28th, 2017

ADE Receives Strong Rating for ESSA Plan

The Arizona Department of Education’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan was praised in a report released by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute today. The Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s “Rating the Ratings Report” determined that Arizona submitted one of the highest-rated plans, earning a “strong” rating in the main three categories of evaluation. “Arizona has [Read more…]

Published: July 18th, 2017

Arizona Department of Education Launches New Website Theme

Today the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) launched a new website theme. The site aims to streamline communications between ADE, schools and education professionals, and the public. In addition, the new style provides a user-friendly look including the addition of a mobile layout. The new website theme is part of a two-year initiative by Arizona [Read more…]

Published: July 17th, 2017

Superintendent Douglas Announces Fastest Ever Annual Rollover

The Arizona Department of Education’s (ADE’s) IT division announced that it has reached yet another milestone today. The award-winning Arizona Education Data Standards system (AzEDS), which has become the industry model for collecting, storing and managing education data, has executed the most efficient annual rollover in the state’s history. AzEDS currently serves 1.1 million students [Read more…]

Published: July 14th, 2017

Superintendent Douglas Announces New ESA Director

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas today announced the hiring of Lindsay Hudson as the Arizona Department of Education’s (ADE’s) new Director of the Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program. Hudson has spent the majority of her professional career working in finance for Fortune 500 companies, joining the Department after most recently serving as an [Read more…]

Published: July 7th, 2017

2017 Leading Change, Teachers’ Institute, Summit 8 Conferences

Leading Change, Teachers' Institute, and Summit 8 Conferences have wrapped. Thank you for great memories. See you next year! Pre-register now.

June is a busy month, though usually it focuses more on family and less on school. However at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort in Tucson it was all education-focused as educators from around Arizona hustled and bustled, intent on taking advantage of the Arizona Department of Education’s (ADE) annual Leading Change Conference, Teachers’ Institute [Read more…]

Published: July 7th, 2017

Yavapai Co. Schools Rally During Goodwin Fire

Yavapai County Schools Rally During Goodwin Fire, Photo: burnt landscape and a fire access road near Prescott Arizona

The Goodwin Fire Fire season in rural Arizona is off to a dangerous start. Among the dozens of fires that have erupted across the state this past month was the Goodwin Fire, near Prescott. The fire moved rapidly through the brush and chaparral, expanding from 4000 acres on Friday to almost 25,000 on Saturday, fueled [Read more…]

Published: July 7th, 2017

Summer Food Service Program Serves Thousands

Summer Food Service Program: Happy, Not Hungry by Arizona Department of Education

The Arizona Department of Education’s Summer Food Service Program is up and running across the state. The program is open to everyone under 18 years of age, regardless of age, race, income, or disability, and provides food to Arizona’s students during the summer vacation period. We visited during the first week of operation for the [Read more…]

Published: July 7th, 2017

Five C’s of Arizona Teacher Compensation

The 5 C's of Arizona Teacher Compensation by Arizona Department of Education

The Fiscal Year 2018 budget approved by the Arizona State Legislature and Governor provides teachers with 2 percent salary growth over two years. This means that next year, teacher salaries will increase by an average of just $900. Superintendent Diane Douglas is making a counteroffer to the people of Arizona, five C’s worthy of our [Read more…]

Published: July 7th, 2017

All About Arizona Academic Standards

standards versus curriculum

What is the difference between standards and curriculum? What role does the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) play in each? These are common questions raised by parents and community members. A standard is an expectation approved at the state-level for what the student should learn by the end of the school year. For example, Arizona [Read more…]