Reading is Essential!
"Literacy is essential for success in almost every endeavor, field, career, and industry. In fact, research shows that early-childhood reading proficiency is one of the strongest indicators of a student's likelihood of graduating from high school. Together, we can improve literacy, foster academic success and ensure educational excellence for all Arizona children."
Governor Doug Ducey, May 2015
Governor Ducey Announces 3nd Annual “#AmazingAZ” Bookmark Design Contest Winners
May 15, 2018
Governor Ducey today announced the winners of his 3rd Annual Bookmark Design Contest:
Hannah Laughlin, a 1st grade student at Peoria Traditional Academy, Gabrielle Myers, a 2nd grade student at Quartz Hill Elementary School, and Ranjit Nair, a 4th grade student at Basis Oro Valley Primary. In February, Governor Ducey partnered with the Arizona State Fair to launch
the 3rd Annual Bookmark Design contest. Arizona children grades K-6 were encouraged to design bookmarks showcasing an "AmazingAZ" theme. Over 300 entries were received in three grade-level brackets: K-1st grade, 2-3rd grade, and 4-6th grade.
“I’m beyond impressed by the artistic talent Arizona students continue to showcase year after year and want to thank all the students who participated,” said Governor Ducey. “While it was difficult to select only three winners, Hannah, Gabby, and Ranjit submitted bookmarks that truly capture the spirit of Arizona, and I look forward to meeting them.”
Each winner will have his/her design reproduced and printed on bookmarks that are distributed to students touring the Arizona State Capitol Executive Tower. Winning bookmarks will also be used as part of the Arizona State Fair’s Read & Ride Program and all three students will receive a VIP package to the 2018 Arizona State Fair. All winners will be invited to the Executive Tower for a meet and greet with Governor Ducey.
For more details, including winning entry designs and contest information, please visit http://education.azgovernor.gov/edu/reading-essential.
Congratulations Hannah, Gabrielle, and Ranjit!
Governor Ducey's 3rd Annual Bookmark Design Contest
Governor Ducey has partnered with the Arizona State fair to launch his 3rd Annual Bookmark Design Contest. Beginning February 1, 2018 Arizona children grades K – 6 are encouraged to design bookmarks showcasing an “Amazing Arizona" theme. The winners of Governor Ducey’s 3rd Annual Bookmark Design Contest will have his/her design reproduced and printed on bookmarks that are distributed to students touring the Arizona State Capitol Executive Tower. Winning bookmarks will also be used as part of the Arizona State Fair’s Read & Ride Program. All winners will be invited to the Executive Tower for a meet and greet with Governor Ducey. (2018 Bookmark Contest Packet)
- One winner will be selected from each of the following grade brackets:
- K-1 Grades
- 2-3 Grades
- 4-6 Grades
- Artwork and information must be completed on the Governor’s Office of Education “Bookmark Template” form (included below).
- The theme for the 2018 contest is “Amazing Arizona,” and all designs must reflect this theme. Participants must include a short description of their illustration, which may be dictated by a parent/teacher if necessary.
- All artwork must be original.
- Contestants must be in grades K – 6.
- Entries should only be submitted on 8 ½” x 11” white paper
- All artwork submitted becomes the property of the Governor’s Office of Education.
Recognition for Selected Child:
- The distinction of “creating” one of the official 2018 Governor’s Office Bookmarks, which will be reproduced, printed, and distributed to students touring the Arizona State Capitol Executive Tower from May 2018 through April 2019.
- Winners will be invited to the Executive Tower for a meet and greet with Governor Ducey.
- Winners’ names will be printed on the back of the 2018 Arizona State Fair bookmark to support the fair’s Read & Ride Program.
- Winners will receive a VIP Package to the Arizona State Fair, which includes: 4 admission tickets, VIP parking passes, ride cards, and 4 reserved concert tickets.
- Winners’ names and pictures will be included in related publicity materials.
Artwork must be received by April 20, 2018, and must be submitted via mail. The winner of the contest will be notified by May 1, 2018.
Mail to: Governor’s Office of Education
1700 W. Washington Street, Suite 503
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Results Count Heads to Arizona to Help Kids Hit Grade-Level Reading Benchmark
October 30, 2017
Reading at grade level by third grade is a critical milestone — one that can help predict whether or not kids will thrive in later grades and graduate from high school. That’s why Read On Arizona — a statewide public-private partnership devoted to improving early language and literacy outcomes — tapped the Annie E. Casey Foundation to advance its work helping young Arizonans reach this important target. (Read More...)
Governor Ducey Announces K-3 Qaulity Intiative With Helios Education Foundation
September 27, 2017
The K-3 Quality Initiative Project is a joint partnership between the Office of the Governor and Helios Education Foundation, with technical assistance through the Education Commission of the States. The Arizona K-3 Quality Initiative Plan will result in a K-3 Quality framework that responsibly allows Arizona to increase 3rd grade reading cut scores to actual proficiency level. This initiative is directly related to the Arizona Education Progress Meter indicators for 3rd grade reading proficiency and the state’s postsecondary attainment goal, or Achieve60Az. Students who have met the benchmark to “read to learn” will stand a better chance as they progress through the remainder of their K-12 education, and with grade-level literacy, will be better prepared for college and career and eventually postsecondary success. (Read More...)
Chronic Absenteeism in Arizona: Minutes Matter
September 25, 2017
School is back in full swing in Arizona, and there’s work underway to ensure children are not missing out on the opportunity to learn.
September is Attendance Awareness Month, and educators say it’s never too early to build a healthy habit of getting to school on time each and every day.
Arizona State Board of Education Approves NWEA's MAP Growth for Third-Grade Reading Proficiency
September 11, 2017
The Arizona State Board of Education has approved the MAP Growth assessment from the not-for-profit NWEA as a third-grade reading proficiency assessment for the state’s Move On When Reading initiative. The initiative provides an additional opportunity for third-grade students who would be retained based on their AzMERIT reading scores to demonstrate sufficient reading skills to be promoted to the fourth grade. (Read More...)
ReadOn Arizona 2017 Literacy Summit
August 29, 2017
Governor Ducey delivered opening remarks at ReadOn Arizona's 2017 Literacy Summit on August 29, 2017. Click here to see speech.
READ + RIDE - ARIZONA STATE FAIR & SRP
Who Can Participate?
Any Arizona student age 5-14 years can participate. Children age 5-6 may draw pictures on the back of this form instead of writing summaries. Student MUST be present to redeem form for ride passes.
ARIZONA SUMMER READING PROGRAM 2017
Here’s how YOU can help Arizona put reading first and increase the time every child spends reading or being read during the out-of-school/summer timeframe between June 1 to August 1 each year:
- Sign up for the summer reading program at your local library and receive a reading log (or register and track your reading online).
- Use the “Find a Book” tool to find books that meets your child’s interest and reading level .
- Use a reading log to track the time spent reading.
- Visit your local library throughout the summer.
- Get your copy of the Summer Reading flyer.
GOVEROR DUCEY'S 2ND ANNUAL BOOKMARK DESIGN CONTEST (#MYFAVORITEBOOK) WINNERS!
May 18, 2017
Congratulations to Joanna Chen, Celia Goh, and Miana Goodwin - whose designs were selected by Governor Doug Ducey as the winners of the 2nd Annual #MyFavoriteBook Bookmark Design Contest. All three winning bookmark designs will be reproduced and printed for distribution to students touring the Arizona State Capitol Executive tower. Congratulations, Joanna, Celia, and Miana - and thanks to all who participated!
2017 SUMMER READING TOUR
For the third year in a row, Governor Ducey launched a summer reading initiative encouraging Arizona's youth to stay sharp in their off-time by spending time every day reading and learning throughout the summer months. As part of the summer reading initiative, First Lady Angela Ducey visited several Arizona schools in May 2017 as a Scholastic Summer Reading Ambassador. During her visits, First Lady Ducey read to students and encouraged active reading over summer break, emphasizing the vital home-to-school connection during the transitional summer months. Scholastic Book Company donated books to each school the First Lady visited, putting books directly into the hands of children who otherwise may not have access to new, quality books.
To see photos from the First Lady's Summer Reading visits, click the links below:
GOVERNOR DUCEY'S 2ND ANNUAL BOOKMARK DESIGN CONTEST: #MYFAVORITEBOOK
February 1, 2017
Governor Ducey launched his 2nd Annual Bookmark Design Contest on February 1, 2017. Arizona children grades K – 6 are encouraged to design bookmarks showcasing a "My Favorite Book" theme. The winners of Governor Ducey’s 2nd Annual Bookmark Design Contest will have his/her design reproduced and printed on bookmarks that are distributed to students touring the Arizona State Capitol Executive Tower. The winners will also be invited to the Executive Tower for a meet and greet with Governor Ducey.
PRINTABLE MATERIALS FOR ENTRY
#SCHOOLEVERYDAY - ATTENDANCE MATTERS
Too many absences—excused or unexcused—can keep students from succeeding in school and in life. How many are too many? Missing 10% of the school year—that’s 18 missed days or just 2 days a month—can knock students off track. More than 6.5 million U.S. students, or about 13 percent, miss three or more weeks of school during a single school year, which is enough time to slow their achievement and threaten their chance of graduating. Nationwide, nearly 10 percent of kindergartners and first graders are chronically absent. In some schools it’s as high as 25 percent. (Read More...)
NEW STUDY EXPLORES CHRONIC ABSENCE IN SCHOOLS
Recently, Attendance Works and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University released a report examining the scale and scope of chronic absence. Leveraging the first-ever national data set on chronic absence released in June by the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Center for Education Statistics, “Preventing Missed Opportunity: Taking Collective Action to Confront Chronic Absence” reveals that while chronic absence is widespread and found in almost all states, it is also highly concentrated.
Click here to read the report.
NEW REPORT OUTLINES FACTORS INFLUENCING 3RD GRADE LITERACY (READ ON ARIZONA)
September 23, 2016
Given the critical role literacy plays in children’s academic and personal development, Read On Arizona, the state’s early literacy initiative, and its partner organizations are leading a statewide effort to improve literacy outcomes for children from birth to third grade. At Read On Arizona’s recent Literacy Summit, a new analysis of data sets (2011-2014) was unveiled for Arizona schools that identifies school, district, community, and health factors that may affect early literacy. The study is available at. www.readonarizona.org/data-center.
2016 SUMMER READING TOUR
For the second year in a row, Governor Ducey launched a summer reading initiative encouraging Arizona's youth to stay sharp in their off-time by spending time every day reading and learning throughout the summer months. As part of the summer reading initiative, First Lady Angela Ducey visited several Arizona schools in May 2016 as a Scholastic Summer Reading Ambassador. During her visits, First Lady Ducey read to students and encouraged active reading over summer break, emphasizing the vital home-to-school connection during the transitional summer months. Scholastic Book Company donated books to each school the First Lady visited, putting books directly into the hands of children who otherwise may not have access to new, quality books.
“Making sure Arizona’s students stay mentally engaged and active over the summer months is essential to maintaining educational excellence year-round,” said Governor Ducey. “Research shows that early-childhood reading proficiency is one of the strongest indicators of a student’s likelihood of graduating from high school.”
The summer reading initiative aims to combat “summer slide” – the tendency for students to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. Research shows that children who do not read during the summer months can lose up to three months of reading progress, resulting in a cumulative, long-term effect. Reading just six books during the summer may keep struggling readers from regressing. Studies prove that access to books is critical to addressing summer slide, and that children and teens tend to read more when adults in their lives encourage them to read.
“Reading is a great way to spend quality time with your kids and support their academic growth,” said First Lady Angela Ducey. “Our libraries provide terrific resources and I encourage all parents to pick up a book and read with their children for at least 20 minutes a day.”
STOP ONE: BASIS Phoenix Central - May 9, 2016
Governor Doug Ducey and First Lady Angela Ducey launched their summer reading initiative with a joint appearance at BASIS Phoenix Central school on May 9, 2016. During their visit to BASIS Phoenix Central, the Governor and First Lady toured the school, read to students in a kindergarten class, presented book donations, and surprised the 1st Annual #WhyILoveAZ Bookmark Design Contest winner.
Click here to see more photos.
STOP TWO: Maryvale Preparatory Academy - May 12, 2016
First Lady Angela Ducey visited Maryvale Preparatory Academy on May 12, 2016 as part of her summer reading initiative. During her visit to Maryvale Preparatory Academy, Mrs. Ducey toured the school, listened to students recite poetry, read to first graders, and presented book donations.
Click here to see more photos.
STOP THREE: Sunride Elementary School - May 16, 2016
First Lady Angela Ducey visited Sunridge Elementary School on May 16, 2016 as part of her summer reading initiative. During her visit to Sunridge Elementary School, Mrs. Ducey met with students and staff, read to second graders, and presented book donations.
Click here to see more photos.
STOP FOUR: Escuela Manzo Elementary School - May 19, 2016
First Lady Angela Ducey visited Escuela Manzo Elementary School in Tucson, Arizona on May 19, 2016 as part of her summer reading initiative. During her visit to Escuela Manzo Elementary School, Mrs. Ducey toured the school, got a firsthand look at the Manzo's fabulous ecology program, read to third and fourth grade students, and presented book donations.
Click here to see more photos.
1ST ANNUAL #WHYILOVEAZ BOOKMARK DESIGN WINNER!
Congratulations to Smriti Sunil - whose design was selected by Governor Doug Ducey as the winner of the 1st Annual #WhyILoveAZ Bookmark Design Contest. On May 9, 2016, Governor Ducey and Mrs. Ducey surprised Smriti, a first grade student at BASIS Phoenix Central, to congratulate her on her amazing design. Smriti's winning bookmark design has been reproduced and printed for distribution to students touring the Arizona State Capitol Executive tower. Congratulations, Smriti - and thanks to all who participated!
GOVERNOR DUCEY'S 1ST ANNUAL BOOKMARK DESIGN CONTEST: #WHYILOVEAZ
Governor Ducey launched his 1st Annual Bookmark Design Contest on March 15, 2016. Arizona children ages 5 – 12 are encouraged to design bookmarks showcasing a "Why I Love Arizona" theme. The winner of Governor Ducey’s 1st Annual Bookmark Design Contest will have his/her design reproduced and printed on bookmarks that are distributed to students touring the Arizona State Capitol Executive Tower. The winner will also be invited to the Executive Tower for a meet and greet with Governor Ducey.
READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY
Governor Doug Ducey will visit Encanto Elementary School in Phoenix to launch Read Across America Day on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 9 a.m. After his visit to Encanto Elementary, the Governor will join the Arizona Cardinals at the Salvation Army Kroc Center for Read Across America Day. Read Across America Day is an annual celebration that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.
Find out more about Governor Ducey's Read Across America Day events here.
SUMMER READING PROGRAM
Governor Doug Ducey launched the Summer Reading Program in June 2015, encouraging Arizona students to spend time every day reading and learning throughout the summer months.
The initiative, a partnership with Read on Arizona and other organizations dedicated to the cause of childhood literacy, encourages all Arizona children and families to visit their local public libraries and sign up for Arizona's Summer Reading Program.
"Educational excellence should be a priority year-round – not just during the school year," said Governor Ducey. "Research shows that early-childhood reading proficiency is one of the highest indicators of a student's likelihood of graduating from high school. It also shows that summers without quality learning opportunities put our youth at risk of falling behind. Picking up a book for at least 20 minutes each day is an easy, fun way for kids to keep their minds active, prevent learning losses and keep all Arizona students on track for a successful future."
As part of Governor Ducey's efforts to promote summer reading, First Lady Angela Ducey visited several Arizona schools in May 2015 to visit classrooms, read with students and encourage Arizona students to stay actively engaged in literacy efforts over their summer breaks.
To view photos from First Lady Ducey's classroom visits, click here.
SUMMER READING PSA