A Future with Purpose

Posted on November 20, 2015 • Category: College Going

By Mindy Riesenberg

What does it mean to live your life with a purpose? That’s the question Jessica Rubio of the Center for Neighborhood Leadership poses to low-income, high-risk high school students.

Rubio developed the Academic and Leadership Accelerator for Service program (ALAS) to reach at-risk students and prepare them to understand their purpose in their community and hopefully go on to college.

After many months of planning, the inaugural ALAS program began in October,…

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Business Leaders Galvanized by Education Woes

Posted on November 16, 2015 • Category: Attainment

Arizona’s reputation on education and immigration enforcement can be a hurdle to bringing more businesses to the state. There’s now a renewed urgency among business leaders to change this perception and focus on rebuilding the education system.

Chris Cardinal is about as forgiving on education as an employer can be.

He leads Synapse Studios, a Tempe-based software development company whose 20 high-tech workers don’t always have to bring college credentials to their jobs.

But when Cardinal is…

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AZ NAEP Scores Stable in 2015

Posted on November 9, 2015 • Category: Eighth Grade Math

Arizona students’ results on the National Assessment of Educational Progress remained stable in 2015, while scores declined nationally. Students have taken the NAEP since 1969 to show what they have learned and can do in math, reading, science and writing. A sample of schools and students are selected to participate in each state. As part of No Child Left Behind, fourth- and eighth-graders take the reading and math assessments at least once every two years.

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