Arizona Schools: Major changes coming in public schools

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PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona is changing the way public school students are taught and how they are promoted from grade to grade as well as how teachers are evaluated.

The Arizona Republic reports the core changes are new, tougher national grade-level standards, adopted by the state in 2010.

They revamp what skills students must learn and when they learn it to match their peers across the country. Arizona students must take new national reading and math exams that measure those skills in spring 2015.

In 2012-13, schools will start using new teacher evaluations that include student test scores. By spring 2014, schools will have to retain most third-grade students who read poorly