Arizona Aims Higher

Arizona students deserve an excellent education. Higher standards are the first step to get there.

Arizona’s Academic Standards

When students graduate high school, they expect to be done with high school. But, for many, that’s not happening. At a time when most good jobs require college or advanced job training, over half of Arizona’s high school graduates can’t go on without having to remediate. That’s just not acceptable. Arizonans overwhelmingly agree that Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards (Common Core) are right for our kids and will make sure they are ready for what’s next. These standards raise the bar for what our students need to know and be able to do in English and math in grades K-12 so they’ll be prepared for the jobs of the future.

Prepare All Students for Success in College, Career and Life

Coupled with instruction from effective teachers, Arizona’s academic standards in English and math are more challenging and will give our students the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in life after high school.

Relevant to the Real World

The standards encourage teachers to develop students’ critical-thinking, problem-solving and effective communication skills. These are the skills that employers demand and our students will require to be successful in the workplace.

Arizona Standards for Arizona Students

Arizona adopted the standards in 2010 and began implementing them in 2011. Since then, Arizona teachers have been improving their teaching practices to go deeper to help their students understand concepts and apply them to real-life situations.

Best in the Country, Best in the World

The standards were benchmarked against top performing states and countries to ensure Arizona students will be able to compete with their peers from across the country and around the world for the best jobs.

Empowers Local Control and Decision Making

School governing boards and charter schools select their own curriculum, textbooks and instructional materials to make sure they are responsive to local needs. Teachers decide how to teach the standards because they know our kids best and can help them succeed. Parents can and should be involved every step of the way with their school boards and with their child’s teachers.


Read Arizona’s Revised Standards in English and Math

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