December 2018 Survey Highlights
Expect More Arizona commissioned its annual statewide public opinion survey of 600 likely Arizona voters in mid-December 2018. For the fourth year in a row, poll results show that voters believe education is the most important issue facing our state, above immigration, healthcare or the economy. Voters continue to consider teacher pay and a general lack of funding to be our state’s most significant education issues. A similar survey conducted earlier in December strictly among 600 likely voters living in rural Arizona yielded nearly identical results.
Even with last year’s commitment to increase teacher pay 20 percent by 2020, increasing teacher pay outpaced other P-20 education issues as the thing voters would be MOST willing to pay more in taxes to support. Additionally, Arizona voters overwhelming appreciate the connection between education and the strength of our communities and believe every student, regardless of race, income or zip code should receive an excellent education every step of the way.
KEEPING OUR EYE ON THE ‘PRIZE’
It’s been nearly three years since the Arizona Education Progress Meter was developed to provide a clear picture of where we stand today and to outline broadly supported goals the state aims to meet by 2030. While the state has gained ground on all eight indicators, it’s clear we won’t meet the long-term goals or close persistent achievement gaps without significant investments in the entire education continuum, coupled with effective instruction, policy, and strategy implementation.
AVAILABILITY OF LOCAL DATA TO IMPACT PROGRESS
Along with additional funding and meaningful policy changes, it will take local communities leading the way to significantly move the Education Progress Meter indicators. Knowing this, the ASU Decision Center for Educational Excellence, the Center for the Future of Arizona and Expect More Arizona collaboratively developed a new advanced feature of the Education Progress Meter which readily provides county, municipal, both public and charter school district, and individual school level data that matters most to local communities. This localized data, which was collected and analyzed by ASU’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy, complements existing statewide data to provide a more comprehensive look at educational achievement and enables local decision makers to best direct attention and resources.
EXPECT MORE ARIZONA’S 2019 ADVOCACY PRIORITIES
Education unlocks the potential of individuals and communities. The success of every student is vital to our state’s economic prosperity and civic health and everyone’s quality of life. That is why Expect More Arizona works with our partners and network of supporters to advance policies that help ensure all students receive an excellent education every step of the way and advance the goals in the Arizona Education Progress Meter. In 2019 Expect More Arizona will support efforts that:
- Provide stable, long-term investments in education to help accelerate toward our shared Progress Meter goals, including funding that will:
- Provide competitive compensation, professional development, and essential materials to deliver an excellent education to all students; and
- Advance access to postsecondary education, address workforce needs, and strengthen our community colleges, universities, and workforce.
- Identify and support student needs, including mechanisms to address the achievement gap.
- Advocate for high academic standards and clear, consistent, and equitable accountability systems for our students, educators, and schools.
- Accelerate student awareness of, preparedness for, and involvement in career and college pathways.
Everyone has a role to play. Take action today.
Take the first step by sending a quick message to your elected leaders to encourage them to make education and P-20 education funding their top priority in 2019.