The real bottom line: Arizona deserves world-class education

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

37% of Arizona’s adults (ages 25-64)

have an associate’s degree or greater

25% of Arizona students

do not graduate from high school with their class

72% of 4th & 8th graders

are not proficient in reading

49th Arizona’s ranking

in the percentage of children going to preschool

What’s the Solution

Your influence can empower a state.

Businesses often make a huge difference in the community by providing industry expertise, volunteers, resources or simply encouragement to hard-working educators and students at local schools. In addition, business leaders have an important perspective to share regarding the need for rigorous standards that prepare students to succeed in the workforce.

Business leaders can be a critical voice to encourage elected leaders to prioritize investments in Arizona’s public education system. Use your voice to ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed academically – starting with high quality early learning through post-secondary education – and to advocate for the support teachers need.

Together, we can make Arizona a place that is known for its world-class education system, where every child, regardless of background or zip code, is able to attain more education after high school, because in today’s job market, high school is no longer enough.

Show your support

  • There are many perspectives about the current issues and opportunities related to education in Arizona today. Take time to understand the various viewpoints, make informed decisions, and keep the best interests of Arizona students in the forefront. Our students must be able to compete, contribute, and succeed in Arizona and the 21st Century.

  • Currently, too many Arizona students are unprepared for college and career. Far too many students do not graduate from high school and among those who do, too many aren’t prepared for college or to successfully enter the workforce. In order to keep up with their national and international peers and be prepared for the jobs of the future, Arizona’s students must be exposed to more rigorous and relevant curriculum. We must challenge them to meet increased achievement standards, graduate high school and go on to succeed in postsecondary education. You are an important force in moving Arizona in this direction.

  • As Arizona leaders consider new education-related programs and policies it’s important that they hear from business leaders. Encourage our elected officials to support programs and policies that help raise the bar and move Arizona students closer to being prepared to succeed in college, career and life.

  • Arizona is ranked 49th in the nation for per student investment in K-12 education. We must spend every dollar devoted to education wisely, and hold schools accountable for the money they receive. Protect our current education budget and support increased investment in the entire education continuum—Early Learning, K-12 and Postsecondary.

  • Lending your voice and leadership in support of education can be a powerful influence in our state. By signing up to Join the Movement, you are pledging your support for every Arizona student and acknowledging that education must be our state’s top priority. You will also receive information from Expect More Arizona about current trends and issues that affect students and educators in Arizona.

Strive for greatness, every day.

You’re not just a business owner. You may be a parent first, or a proud Arizonan concerned with the educational standards of our state. One thing you’re not, though, is powerless. There are actions you can take every day that can show your support for education and help foster a future generation of employable Arizonans.


You only get one Today. Do something simple to ensure your children are successful in school and in life.

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Vote 4

Expect More Arizona’s year-round voter engagement initiative, encouraging Arizonans to vote, and to make education a priority when they do!

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There are great things happening in classrooms and communities throughout Arizona. The Expect More Excellence Tour spotlights what Arizonans are doing today to make progress toward world-class education, and celebrates the kind of excellence we expect and believe must be available to all students.

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Aims Higher

All Arizona students deserve a world-class education that prepares them for their future. Learn more about how high standards are supported by Arizona’s business leaders and are helping schools across the state succeed.

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Invest in

Arizona’s tough economic times mean that nonprofits and schools across the state need extra help. You can support local classrooms through, give to a university foundation in support of scholarships for talented students or invest in a nonprofit providing quality early learning programs for children in poverty.

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Take Action!

Join hundreds of other passionate Arizonans in taking action to make sure every child receives a world-class education. If we all work together, we can make a difference for Arizona students.

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“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

Resources for businesses

Discover new ways to elevate education at each step of the journey.

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.

Making Progress Together

265 organizations

are partnering with us to make education a top priority in Arizona

80 thousand

supporters of the movement for world-class education in Arizona

96 percent

of Arizonans believe all kids deserve a world-class education

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