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    Arizona Directions Volume: 1 Issue: 2
    Author(s):
    William Hart
    Andrea Whitsett
    Sapna Gupta
    Ken Western
    Published: Friday, November 30, 2012

    Arizona Directions is an annual statewide report card that is designed to make data actionable. This year's report homes in on the economy and education. It examines Arizona's economic development landscape, the competitive potential of the Sun Corridor, the economic consequences if the state fails to close the Latino achievement gap, and the role of career and technical education in adding skilled workers to Arizona's workforce pipeline.

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    Policy Points Volume: 4 Issue: 1
    Author(s):
    Jeanne M. Powers
    Published: Monday, September 17, 2012

    Students with AP credit are often able to skip general studies courses and take courses related to their majors earlier in their college careers than students without AP credits. Recent federal and state policies have been aimed at expanding students’ access to AP courses. In this brief, we examine students’ access, participation, and success in AP courses in Arizona’s public high schools.

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    Arizona Directions Volume: 1 Issue: 1
    Author(s):
    Andrea Whitsett
    Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2011

    Building upon the work of many others who have contributed to quality of life research in Arizona, this report provides a framework for addressing key issues proactively. The data in Arizona Directions are presented in a highly graphic format with must-read information on our competitiveness, individual action steps, opportunities for public-private partnerships, and public policy options – all rooted in a deep understanding that revenue-neutral options are especially important in our current fiscal situation.

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    Policy Points Volume: 3 Issue: 4
    Author(s):
    Jeanne M. Powers
    Amelia Topper
    Bonnie Mazza
    Michael Silver
    Tiffany Williams
    Joy Anderson
    Published: Wednesday, August 17, 2011

    For over 15 years, interdistrict open enrollment and charter schools have allowed Arizona families to send their children to the public schools of their choice, regardless of where they reside. To better understand how parents “shop” within Arizona’s public education marketplace, this issue of Policy Points examines the mobility of elementary school students among districts and charter schools in the Metropolitan Phoenix area.

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    Policy Points Volume: 3 Issue: 2
    Author(s):
    David Garcia
    Lee McIlroy
    Published: Monday, May 23, 2011

    The Arizona Community Foundation College Readiness Report provides a real-world indicator of how well Maricopa County high schools are preparing their graduates for postsecondary success. For the class of 2009, 76% of Maricopa County high school graduates were college-ready in English and approximately 46% were college ready in Mathematics.