Looking back at the recently adjourned legislative session, Expect More Arizona thanks you for helping to achieve important wins for Arizona’s students and teachers.

With help and support from thousands of individuals statewide and many of our partners, we were able to keep high standards in Arizona classrooms, support the implementation of a more meaningful assessment that is a better indicator of how students are doing, ensure that we have a transition period for our A-F accountability system, and maintain funding to support K-3 reading.

We also made sure our voice and yours were heard during the state budget process, sending more than 7,000 emails to legislators requesting their support for Arizona’s students and teachers. Although the end result was not ideal, our K-12 schools did receive flexibility in deciding how to make the budget cuts, and some funding ($74M) was included as a partial payment on the inflation lawsuit that is still pending.  Going forward, we must all work together to ensure that education is viewed as an investment and not an expense.

Now that the legislative session is over, there are other ways you can be involved to support education.

  • Standards Review – The Governor recently called for the State Board of Education to conduct a review of the standards.  We will be sure to send you updates with opportunities for you to stay involved as the process moves forward.
  • AzMERIT – If you are an educator, your voice is needed in the ongoing development of AzMERIT. Teachers are needed to serve on committees over the summer to discuss issues such as test questions, standards setting, performance level descriptors, and more. Complete an application here.  If you are a parent, read our Top 8 Tips for Helping Your Child to Prepare for AzMERIT.

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Our work together is making a difference for Arizona students and teachers. Thank you for being involved and for making your voices heard!