With the Arizona Science Center as her backdrop, Governor Jan Brewer announced yesterday the launch of Arizona Ready, a new web site detailing her plan to improve our state’s schools.  Arizona Ready, which is the renaming of the state’s Race to the Top education reform plan, sets ambitious goals for Arizona’s K-20 education system, including:

  • 94 percent of 3rd graders meeting state standards for reading (up from the current 69 percent);
  • 85 percent of 8th graders scoring at or above “basic” on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) test (up from the current 67 percent);
  • 93 percent high school graduation rate (up from 75 percent);
  • Twice as many four-year college degrees being issued by state universities.

Addressing the need to improve our schools, the Governor acknowledged that improving the state’s education system is key to a stronger, more vital Arizona. “We know that Arizona’s ability to attract the jobs of tomorrow depends upon building a world-class education system today,” said Governor Brewer.

To learn more about the Arizona Ready campaign, including details on its goals and timeline, visit ArizonaReady.com.