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Online E-Books Replace Heavy School Textbooks (AZCentral.com, March 17, 2014)
School districts write their own online science textbooks for class, saving money while making studying more flexible. Wickenburg Superintendent Howard Carlson said having the customized textbooks is a plus at Wickenburg High School, where all 500 students are enrolled in a program called Move On When Ready. Sybil Francis, executive director of the Center for the Future of Arizona, says the books are a step toward customizing learning for students, which should lead to improvement in test performance.

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Ariz. Leader Uses Technology to Personalize Learning (EdWeek.com, March 3, 2014)
As a girl growing up in Pennsylvania, Gail Pletnick would have fit into many of the categories that schools put students in today. Her personal experiences have made her look at all students as being capable of achieving high goals. Ms. Pletnick has taken that ability to look at students individually, coupled with a penchant for doing more with less, and translated it to the fast-growing Dysart district, where she has been superintendent for six years.

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High School Graduation in Half the Time Possible at Amphi High (AZStarnet.com, August 16, 2013)
More than 200 kids at Amphitheater High School could get a diploma after spending just two years sitting in classes, instead of four. Amphitheater is taking part in the state Move On When Ready program, which measures student progress through a curriculum developed by the University of Cambridge and a series of tests designed to measure college readiness.

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YUHSD is Boldly Leading Local Students into Future (YumaSun.com, June 19, 2013)
Opinion Column by Dr. Sybil Francis, Executive Director of the Center for the Future of Arizona -- It is no wonder that Ready Now Yuma was recently selected as an Expect More Excellence Tour Spotlight Award winner. Superintendent Toni Badone, a visionary leader with true grit, has set Yuma Union High School District (YUHSD) apart with her bold and ambitious plan: prepare every student to succeed in college and careers of their choice.

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Surviving the New Age of Accountability (The AdvancED Source, Fall 2012)
In 2011, Wickenburg High School joined the national movement “Excellence for All,” led by Marc Tucker and the National Center on Education and the Economy. Titled “Move on When Ready” in the state of Arizona, and under the guidance of the Center for the Future of Arizona, this initiative provides a new pathway for students through the administration of Board Exams in all core content areas and allows students the option of moving to community college after the sophomore year if all exams are successfully completed.

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Move On When Ready (ASBA Journal, Fall 2012)
Move On When Ready, an education model that enables students to advance at their own pace, is catching on in Arizona schools, with governing board members and district superintendents playing key roles. Now in its second year, the initiative is a well-defined performance-based system that moves away from one-size-fits- all and is designed to prepare all high school students to be college and career ready.

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New Program Allows Some High School Students to Move On When Ready (CronkiteNewsOnline.com, October 31, 2012)
Rather than following the traditional four–year path to a high school diploma, Wickenburg High School sophomore Carrigan Moebs hopes to prove she is ready to move on by the end of of her junior year. The Grand Canyon Diploma offered here is part of a new state educational program called Move On When Ready. It focuses on allowing students to move forward in school based on performance instead of time spent in the classroom.

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Arizona High-School Program Expands (AZCentral.com, September 25, 2012)
Arizona is expanding its Move on When Ready initiative, a program in which high schools reward achievement by allowing students to graduate after two years. Nearly two dozen district, charter and private schools joined the program this year, in addition to the dozen schools that are in their second year, according to the Center for the Future of Arizona, the organization that is overseeing the program.

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30 Arizona High Schools Implementing Move On When Ready Initiative (News Release, September 17, 2012)
Thirty Arizona high schools are implementing Move On When Ready, a performance based education model to prepare students for college and career readiness, during the 2012-2013 school year. The number of participating schools has more than doubled since the initiative was launched in fall 2011.
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Wickenburg High School Launches MOWR Program (The Wickenburg Sun, August 22, 2012)

"Superintendent Spotlight" by Dr. Howard Carlson -- This school year marks the beginning of the Move On When Ready program for students entering the ninth grade at Wickenburg High School. Move On When Ready is a program which is aimed at ensuring all students are "college and career ready" prior to graduation. This is very important because as many as 60 percent of incoming college freshman nationwide are not properly prepared and thus end up in remedial courses. We are attempting to do our part to change this trend through providing a more rigorous academic experience for WHS students.

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ASU Prep is the Mesa High School with College Classes, Professors, Students (EastValleyTribune.com, August 15, 2012)

Students at Mesa's ASU Preparatory Academy don't just attend high school on a college campus; they attend classes where college professors deliver guest lectures, and they rub elbows with university students during campus service projects. The entire campus is on the "Move On When Ready" track, which means students could complete all their state-required high schools studies as soon as the spring of the sophomore year.

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Getting The Word Out on Ready Now Yuma (YumaSun.com, July 28, 2012)

With a new program of study in place, school officials want students and parents to understand the competitive environment their students are entering upon graduation. Will they be able to hold their own in college and in a career?

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YUHSD Teachers Face Learning Curve (YumaSun.com, July 25, 2012)

With nine years' traditional teaching under her belt, Laura Campbell tried something new last year. Campbell taught her freshman biology class using the Cambridge program of study, which allows teachers to tailor the material to the individual learner.

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Ready Now Yuma Covers College or Career Choices (YumaSun.com, July 24, 2012)

Officials say that the overarching intent of the Ready Now Yuma program is to graduate each and every Yuma Union High School District student to be prepared for success after high school, whether that be through college or a career.

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Program Offers Options to Students (Yuma Sun, July 24, 2012)

Four years of high school just aren't for everybody. Jamie Sheldahl is an associate superintendent at Yuma Union High School District and before that was a principal at Gila Ridge and Kola. He says that some young adults are bright, but they become disengaged when they consider school boring or irrelevant.

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Program to Help Yuma Students Prepare for Future (The Arizona Republic, July 9, 2012)

"Our Turn" by Vince Roig and Paul Luna. If you're unfamiliar with Yuma, that may soon change. It's on the verge of making education history.

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YUHSD Opens More Doors, Closes None (Yuma Sun, July 8, 2012)

Yuma Union High School District is proud of its roots in our community. Generations of YUHSD graduates have gone on to contribute in meaningful ways to the greater Yuma region's growth and prosperity.

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District Ready for Rigorous New Curriculum (Arizona Daily Star, June 18, 2012)

A new future looms for the students of the Yuma Union High School District. An innovative educational experience, called Ready Now Yuma, will spread throughout the 11,000-student district beginning this fall.

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YUHSD Gets Grant -- $3.9 Million in Helios Funds to Help Implement New Cambridge Curriculum (Yuma Sun, June 14, 2012)

Education is evolving at Yuma Union High School District schools to help students become better prepare for their future.

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Helios Invests $3.9 Million in YUHSD to Advance College and Career Readiness of Yuma Students (The Arizona Republic, June 13, 2012)

With nearly 60 percent of Arizona students requiring remediation upon entry into college, Yuma Union High School District students have an unprecedented opportunity to lead the state in college and career readiness as a result of a $3.9 million, five-year investment by Helios Education Foundation.

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Kingman Parents, Students Receive a Course on Cambridge Prep (Daily Miner, March 28, 2012)

State Sen. Rich Crandall presented Kingman Unified's Cambridge Preparatory Academy to a large audience of parents and students, and his message was clear: It's time for schools to stop focusing on minimizing failure. Crandall, who co-sponsored the Move on When Ready legislation, along with the people in charge of implementing the initiative at the state and local levels held a parents' information night at White Cliffs Middle School.

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Arizona Is One of Four States Participating in a National Pilot Program to Make High Schools More Globally Competitive ("Horizon," KAET Channel Eight/PBS, March 21, 2012)

Move On When Ready, an initiative led by the Center for the Future of Arizona, is being implemented in 12 Arizona high schools. President and CEO of the National Center on Education and the Economy Marc Tucker provides insights on the program, and the ASU Preparatory Academy is showcased.

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Implementation of Move On When Ready Initiatives Underway in Arizona Schools ("Horizon," KAET Channel Eight/PBS, December 15, 2011)

Arizona's Move On When Ready initiative led by the Center for the Future of Arizona is part of a national pilot program that seeks to make American high schools more globally competitive and more responsive to students' individual needs. Providing an update are CFA Executive Director Sybil Francis; Yuma Union High School District Superintendent Toni Badone; and Helios Education Foundation President and CEO Paul Luna.

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Move On When Ready Initiative Launched, to Expand in 2012 (ASA Update, November 2011)

Arizona schools are playing a major role in a national pilot program that could result in basic changes in high school structure, curriculum, and testing throughout the country.

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School Reforms Taking Shape (Arizona Daily Sun, November 2, 2011)

State education leaders gathering in Flagstaff were briefed on several state-based reforms, including the Move On When Ready initiative.  Seventeen schools around the state are implementing MOWR during the 2011-2012 school year.

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Education Director Explains Reforms in Testing, Reading (Yuma Sun, September 21, 2011)

Arizona State Board of Education Executive Director Vince Yanez spoke at the Governor's Regional Education Symposium about key education reforms taking place in Arizona, including the Move On When Ready initiative of the Center for the Future of Arizona.

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Charter School at ASU Adopts Early Diploma Program (The Tribune, August 24, 2011)

ASU Preparatory Academy Polytechnic is using the Cambridge Curriculum, an internationally recognized curriculum, to better prepare students for college and provide the opportunity to earn a Grand Canyon Diploma. The East Valley charter school is one of 14 Arizona schools participating in the Move On When Ready initiative starting with the 2011-2012 academic year.

Foundation Invests $50,000 in Center (Surprise Independent, August 17, 2011)

A number of West Valley schools are implementing Move On When Ready beginning in fall 2011. The Arizona Community Foundation is providing $50,000 from its John & Delys Ellis Fund to support the Move On When Ready Learning Collaborative, which the Center for the Future of Arizona recently formed.

 

Arizona High School Students Could Graduate Two Years Early (KNXV TV ABC 15, August 15, 2011)

One hundred and twenty-seven students at Phoenix's Central High School are participating in Move On When Ready this year.

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Schools Primed to Succeed this Year (Wickenburg Sun, August 10, 2011)

Wickenburg High School during the upcoming school  year will plan implementation of ACT QualityCore and Move On When Ready in fall 2012. The initiative is being adopted as a way to raise learning and performance to a new level at the school.

 

"Ready Now Yuma" Beginning in the Yuma Union High School District (KAWC FM / Colorado River Public Media, July 8, 2011)

When classes begin in the Yuma Union High School District in August, the district's schools will launch "Ready Now Yuma." KAWC's Kim Johnson speaks with YUHSD Superintendent Toni Badone about "Ready Now Yuma," and what it will do for the district's students.

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New ASU West Academy Aims to Challenge Kids (Arizona Republic, June 30, 2011)

Students at the new Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy at the ASU West campus will undertake an academically rigorous program of study and have the opportunity to earn a Grand Canyon High School Diploma, which signifies they have met at least a minimum level of college-readiness.

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YUHSD Will Launch "Ready Now Yuma" Initiative (Yuma Sun, June 7, 2011)

Yuma Union High School District, the Center for the Future of Arizona and Helios Education Foundation have launched "Ready Now Yuma," a district-wide initiative to better prepare students for college and career.

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College-Credit Program Gaining Among High Schoolers (Yuma Sun, March 10, 2011)

The Yuma Union High School District board meeting included a presentation about Move On When Ready, which is being implemented in partnership with the Center for the Future of Arizona and Helios Education Foundation.

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Arizona's Central High First School in State to Adopt New Global Exam System (Arizona Republic, January 12, 2011)

Central High School has adopted Cambridge International Examinations, a rigorous system that will upgrade the curriculum at the Phoenix school to international standards. The school will introduce it in fall 2011 to freshmen and sophomores, with plans to expand it to all grades in the future.

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Basis Charter Schools Use British Exams for 9th-Graders (Scottsdale-Carefree Republic, November 25, 2010)

Basis Scottsdale and Basis Tucson are piloting the International General Certificate of Secondary Education exams in the ninth grades during the 2010-2011 school year. The IGCSEs are administered by the University of Cambridge International Examinations.

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Move On When Ready: Interview with Sybil Francis, Executive Director, Center for the Future of Arizona ("Horizon," KAET TV 8 / PBS, May 6, 2010)

A bill passed by state lawmakers allows high school students to advance academically and move on to college or career and technical study when they prove they’re capable of doing so.

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Grand Canyon Diploma Hoists Bar for Seniors (Arizona Republic, April 20, 2010)

Phoenix Union High School District Superintendent Kent P. Scribner notes in an opinion piece that the Move On When Ready Bill (HB 2731) provides the type of education reform needed if Arizona schools are to prepare students for success in college and career.

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Arizona Bill Provides Quick Way Out of High School (Arizona Republic, March 31, 2010)

The state House has approved a bill that would allow Arizona high-school students the opportunity to advance based on what they learn rather than on seat time in class. Those who qualify would have the option of graduating early with a Grand Canyon Diploma, among other options.

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Advanced Diploma Choice Closer to Reality (The Tribune, March 28, 2010)

A bill passed by the state House, if it becomes law, will promote national and international levels of academic achievement for Arizona students at schools who choose to participate in Move On When Ready.