Concerned Citizens

5 C’s. Four corners.
And millions of reasons to care about Arizona’s future.

Resources for concerned arizonans

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

A world-class education for all children starts with higher expectations for all of us.

You can make a difference for Arizona’s students. You don’t have to be a parent to care about what’s happening in education in our state and across the nation. The success of Arizona’s students impacts all of us. A high-quality education system leads to vibrant and healthy communities, a strong economy and a better quality of life for all of us.

Arizona’s future leaders are in today’s cradles and classrooms. As other states and nations become more competitive and successful at preparing highly skilled individuals, it’s more critical than ever to support our own education system and the outcomes it delivers. This begins with expecting more from ourselves and making it a priority to support Arizona’s schools and students.

Arizonans agree that every child deserves a world-class education. We need transformational change that opens the door to opportunities for every student. We must make sure all Arizona students receive the support they need to graduate from high school on time, and prepare them to compete with their national and international peers in academic performance and post-secondary degree attainment.

 

68% of all jobs in Arizona

will require postsecondary education or training by 2020

80% of high school students

in Arizona graduate in four years

44% of 3rd graders

are proficient in reading

21% of 3 and 4 year olds

are enrolled in a quality early learning program

50th in the nation

for median elementary teacher pay

53% of high school graduates

enroll in postsecondary education

14% of 16-24 year olds

are NOT in school or working

43% of Arizona residents

have completed a 2 or 4 year degree or certificate

36% of 8th grade students

are prepared for high school math

Learn More

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.

“Our education system creates the launch pad of opportunity upon which our communities, state and nation stand. It will take community-wide commitment to best prepare our kids for success in today’s world.”

Julianne Hartzell
Flagstaff, AZ

Making Progress Together

284 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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