One School Graph Explains It All

Thinking Arizona illustration by Tony Bustos
Thinking Arizona illustration by Tony Bustos

One graph tells all about the education gap that plagues Arizona as much as any state.

Lower student achievement is inextricably linked to rampant poverty. One sets off the other in a never-ending cycle that weighs heavily on the state. The problem is likely to get worse before it gets better, with the more difficult Common Core Standards about to come down kaboom on students and teachers.

As the state prepares to announce the latest round of school grades, educators will once again bear the total rap for problems that should be everyone’s responsibility.

Most do the best they can with what they are given, but this shouldn’t be just their job. It’s time for three other major interest groups to step up to help educators narrow the gap in student achievement.

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