Arizona Aims Higher

Education in Arizona impacts all of us. Prepared graduates build a stronger workforce & more vibrant economy.

A prepared and educated workforce is critical to the strength of our community.

Currently, too many Arizona students are unprepared for college and career. Far too many students do not graduate from high school and among those who do, too many aren’t prepared for college or to successfully enter the workforce. In a recent survey, 42% of employers shared that they felt that their new hires were deficient in key academic and soft skills.

This has to change. We have to do more to prepare our students for the jobs of the future.

In Arizona, 85% of high-growth, high-wage jobs require some type of postsecondary education or training. That means that to have a strong workforce and vibrant economy in Arizona, almost all students will have to be ready for college, advanced training or to pursue a career when they graduate.

Higher academic standards and an aligned assessment will help ensure that Arizona students graduate from high school better prepared for college and career.

Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards and an aligned assessment will help Arizona students to:

  • Be better prepared for the jobs of the future
  • Develop the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills that employers demand
  • Compete for the best jobs with their peers across the country and around the world

How You Can Help

  • Sign up to get useful tools and updates on the standards and assessments.
  • Share your support with your legislators. Business and community leaders are incredible advocates for the standards. Your voice can make a difference.
  • Sign on to the letter of support from Arizona business leaders. To date, more than 80 business leaders have signed on.
  • Tell others about the standards and assessments. Share this website and let them know about these important changes in Arizona education and how it may impact their families.
  • Visit the Business Leaders Toolkit from the Arizona Chamber of Commerce.

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