Arizona Education Progress Meter
Expect More Arizona and the Center for the Future of Arizona collaborated to create the Arizona Education Progress Meter, which elevates a set of widely accepted education indicators by which Arizonans can measure our state’s progress in education in Arizona from early childhood education through college and career.
With data from the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University, the Progress Meter utilizes the most current statistics available to create a simple, visual way to:
- Set goals for education in Arizona
- Assess the status of education, at the statewide level and for individual counties
- View the data for individual schools through a partnership with the Education Evaluator
- Celebrate stories of success of things that are working in education
- Take action to support education
The Progress Meter represents an unprecedented collaboration of government agencies, nonprofits, education and business groups from around the state, with more than 30 organizations signing on as endorsers. To view the complete list of supporters, visit ExpectMoreArizona.org/progress/about.
The indicators include the following eight data points, with information available at the state and county levels on most measures:
- Postsecondary Attainment: % of Arizona residents completing a 2 or 4 year degree (job credential and certificate data to be included at a future date).
- College Going: % of Arizona high school graduates attending a post-secondary institution.
- Opportunity Youth: % of youth 16-24 in school or working.
- High School Graduation: % of Arizona high school students graduating in 4 years.
- 8th Grade Math: % of Arizona 8th grade students proficient or highly proficient on AzMERIT math.
- 3rd Grade Reading: % of Arizona 3rd grade students proficient or highly proficient in reading on AzMERIT English language arts.
- Preschool Enrollment: % of Arizona 3 and 4 year olds enrolled in preschool, including public, private and homeschool settings.
- Teacher Pay: Median Arizona teacher salary as compared to the national median teacher salary.
Over time, Expect More Arizona and the Center for the Future of Arizona will work with stakeholders to identify goals for the indicators. This process will begin with a post-secondary education attainment goal, including certificates, credentials and degrees, which is being developed through a task force convened by the Arizona Board of Regents.
It will take the cooperation of many diverse groups and individuals to create meaningful progress on these indicators. Ultimately, this will boost the quality of life for all Arizonans, since improved education outcomes lead to a more stable economy, lower crime rates and greater civic participation.
Arizona Education Progress Meter in the News
Expect More Arizona President & CEO, Pearl Chang Esau, spoke with KPHO/KTVK about the Arizona Education Progress Meter. Click here to learn more.