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:
- Attainment: % of Arizona residents 25-64 years of age who have completed a 2- or 4- year degree or received a post-secondary certificate.
- Post High School Enrollment: % of Arizona high school graduates enrolled in post-secondary education the semester after graduating from high school.
- Opportunity Youth: % of 16-24 year olds in Arizona that are NOT going to school or working.
- High School Graduation Rate: % of Arizona high school students graduating in 4 years.
- Eighth Grade Math: % of Arizona 8th grade students who are prepared to be successful in high school math.
- Third Grade Reading: % of Arizona 3rd grade students proficient or highly proficient in reading on AzMERIT English language arts.
- Quality Early Learning: % of Arizona 3- and 4- year old children that are in quality early learning 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.