The real bottom line: Arizona deserves world-class education

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Tomorrow’s workforce is in today’s classrooms.

Today’s students face an increasingly competitive global economy driven by human capital. They are no longer just competing for jobs with their peers from around the U.S., but from around the world. We must prepare Arizona’s children for the jobs of the future – jobs that may not even exist today, and are likely to be even more complex and technologically demanding. Understanding that the highest performing education systems may differ from us in many ways, socially and economically, the bottom line is being average is not an option.

Our goal as a country should be to compete with the best in the world. We have to close the achievement gap between the average American student and the average student in industrial countries that we consider collaborators and competitors. We need to provide students an education that builds the high-level skills required to solve complex problems, to innovate, to think critically, to work with others in productive ways, to lead when necessary, and to communicate effectively.

If we aren’t able to change these trends and improve student performance in Arizona and across the U.S., our economic competitiveness will suffer. In Arizona, we know that 88 percent of high growth, high wage jobs require some form of post-secondary education, yet less than 25 percent of our high school students complete a degree within six years of graduating. This is a problem that harms all of us. Our children’s future, our economy and our individual quality of life are at risk.

68% of all jobs in Arizona

will require postsecondary education or training by 2020

78% of high school students

in Arizona graduate in four years

44% of 3rd graders

are proficient in reading

24% of 3 and 4 year olds

are enrolled in a quality early learning program

49th in the nation

for median elementary teacher pay

53% of high school graduates

enroll in postsecondary education

13% of 16-24 year olds

are NOT in school or working

45% of Arizona residents

have completed a 2 or 4 year degree or certificate

41% of 8th grade students

are prepared for high school math

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Setting high expectations, watching students soar.

Like you, Expect More Arizona is committed to the academic success of every student. Expect More Arizona has a variety of resources and collateral material available for teachers, schools and districts to use at parent-focused events, such as Back to School Nights, Family Nights, Curriculum Nights and Parent Teacher Conferences.

Resources include grade-level guides that provide an overview of what children should know and be able to do by the end of each grade, and how parents can support learning at home; college and career planning guides and parent checklists, questions to kick start the conversation in parent-teacher conferences, and more.

In addition, Expect More Arizona team members are available to present to educators, parents or community partners. Trained outreach specialists are located throughout the state and can present at back to school nights, curriculum nights, to PTA or PTO groups, or to community partners free of charge. Presentation topics range from Parent Engagement, Arizona’s College & Career Ready Standards, Early Literacy, and College & Career Planning.


College & Career Planning Guide

As an educator, you have the opportunity to help students prioritize their activities and work toward specific educational and career milestones that will set them up for success in life.

In partnership with Arizona GEAR UP and Northern Arizona University, Expect More Arizona works with parents and students to create a college-going culture in communities throughout Arizona, with a focus on low-income and rural communities. Available resources include Create Your Next, an interactive web app where students can explore careers and stay on track from 8th grade through high school. In addition, a printed College and Career Planning Guide and an accompanying Parent Checklist are available through Expect More Arizona. Both Create Your Next and the printed guide are designed for kids and makes the process of setting goals, learning about higher education and following through on tasks fun and rewarding.


Arizona children deserve a world-class education that prepares them for the future.

Our state’s students deserve a world-class system that prepares them for college, career and life. Arizona’s College & Career Ready Standards provide the foundation for students to succeed. The new AzMERIT assessment will help parents and teachers know that their kids are on track.

Learn more about how high academic expectations can help your child to be better prepared and find the resources you need to support your students’ success.

“Expect More Arizona works collaboratively with parent groups, educators, businesses and elected officials to raise the standards in our classrooms, giving all students a better opportunity to be successful in school, in life and to become economically independent and contributors to our society. Sundt Construction Is honored to be a partner with Expect More Arizona.”

Doug Pruitt
Chairman, Sundt Construction