You hold the key to unlocking the global stage for our students.

Resources for policymakers

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

Arizona’s students are in a race for the best jobs and quality of life. Don’t let them fall behind.

Arizona’s leaders are faced with an unprecedented challenge. In a difficult economic climate, we must conserve spending while still supporting important programs that benefit Arizonans and help improve our economic future and quality of life.

The success of Arizona and its students’ ability to compete in a knowledge-based global economy is dependent upon the quality of education in our state. Although there are many successes in Arizona, our students are falling behind their national and international peers in academic performance, high school graduation rates and postsecondary completion.

Strengthening education in our state requires cooperation and leadership at all levels. As a policymaker, you have the ability to make education the priority it should be in Arizona. Your leadership in crafting policies and dedicating necessary resources will contribute to the success of our students and better position Arizona to attract the type of businesses and workforce talent that will provide greater economic rewards statewide.

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.

Jesus Rubalcava

“A world-class education and the choices we make today will affect our children and grandchildren tomorrow. We must commit to handing down a safe, healthy and prosperous world to our future generations.”

Jesus Rubalcava
Gila Bend USD #24 Board Member; ASBA President Elect; HNAIC Hispanic Vice-Chair; NSBA NHC Vice-Chair