About the Metrics

In early 2016, Expect More Arizona and the Center for the Future of Arizona launched the Arizona Education Progress Meter to serve as a nonpartisan, shared source of information about where we stand as a state on key education metrics. In August 2017, the groups updated this unique tool with specific goals that support a shared vision for education in Arizona. That vision is that all students, regardless of their background, income or zip code, have the opportunity to succeed at every step of the education continuum.

The process of determining the eight indicators, data sources and goals that make up the Education Progress Meter framework was not taken lightly or conducted in a vacuum. Great effort was taken to involve and get feedback from as many stakeholders as possible. The goal-setting process was led by content experts and involved the participation of nearly 200 individuals and organizations from across the state. The goals were set with the intention of ensuring gains for all students and helping Arizona make progress toward the state’s 60 percent attainment goal, which was first announced by the Achieve60AZ alliance in fall 2016.

The purpose of the Education Progress Meter is to unite people around a shared vision for where we agree we should be as a state, and allow us to measure progress, celebrate successes and take action together. We expect the Education Progress Meter to drive meaningful conversation about the policies and funding that are needed to reach the goals by 2030.

DATA SOURCES

Attainment: The percent of Arizona residents 25-64 years of age who have completed a 2- or 4-year degree or received a postsecondary certificate.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 1-year Public Use Microdata Series person file for Arizona, 2016; and Arizona Board of Regents, 2017.

Post High School Enrollment: The percent of Arizona high school graduates who are enrolled in postsecondary education the semester after graduating from high school.

Source: National Student Clearinghouse via Arizona Board of Regents, 2015-16. National Center for Education Statistics.

Opportunity Youth: The percent of 16-24 year olds in Arizona that are NOT going to school or working.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 1-year Public Use Microdata Series person file for Arizona, 2016.

High School Graduation: The percent of Arizona high school students graduating in 4 years.

Source: Arizona Department of Education, 2016 Graduation Rate Report.

8th Grade Math: The percent of Arizona 8th grade students who are prepared to be successful in high school math as measured by students passing the 8th grade AzMERIT math assessment, Algebra I EOC test, Geometry EOC test, or Algebra II EOC test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education, 2016-17 AzMERIT results.

3rd Grade Reading: The percent of Arizona 3rd grade students who scored Proficient or Highly Proficient on the AzMERIT 3rd grade English language arts assessment.

Source: Arizona Department of Education, 2016-17 AzMERIT results.

Quality Early Learning: The percent of Arizona 3 and 4 year old children that are in quality early learning settings.

Source: First Things First, Arizona Department of Education, Arizona Department of Economic Security, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015-16.

Teacher Pay: Arizona’s ranking compared to other states for median Arizona elementary teacher pay.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2016. Bureau of
Economic Analysis, Regional Price Parities, 2016. Adjusted for cost of living by the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at ASU.

* Current figures for median elementary teacher pay based on source info:
   Arizona – $42,474          United States – $55,800

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