Tag: Expect More Arizona

What Will Arizona Education Progress Meter Measure?

| November 22, 2017
What Will Arizona Education Progress Meter Measure?

The education challenges Arizona is facing have been discussed for years, with a funding shortage typically at the top of the list.

The group Expect More Arizona acknowledges that shortcoming, but has also come up with a collection of eight categories that are intended to give a true measure of where the state’s education system is.

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4 Ways to Support an Excellent Education for Every Student in Arizona

| November 15, 2017
4 Ways to Support an Excellent Education for Every Student in Arizona

Expect More Arizona works to provide information about important education issues and create opportunities for every Arizona to support students and teachers. We want to elevate the voices of Arizonans who are committed to the best possible education for every child. People just like you.

Here are four ways you can get involved:

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Arizona’s New A-F School Letter Grade System – What You Need to Know. Please see related stories

| October 11, 2017
Arizona’s New A-F School Letter Grade System – What You Need to Know. Please see related stories

Arizona’s new A-F letter grades are just one measure of how a school is doing. The letter grades are largely based on how students do on the AzMERIT assessment (if they are proficient and growing) and if students are graduating from high school or taking steps to prepare for career or college, among other things.

A more comprehensive picture is needed to evaluate a school’s success that includes things like: the school’s ability to create a safe and inclusive school environment, engage students in the classroom, hire and retain great leaders and teachers, prepare all students for success after high school, meaningfully involve parents, and much more.

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13 years. Eight ambitious goals. Can Arizona do it?

| September 20, 2017
13 years. Eight ambitious goals. Can Arizona do it?

Arizona business, education and nonprofit leaders say that reaching the new goals they’ve set as part of the Arizona Education Progress Meter will better prepare students for success and boost the state’s long-term economy.

“Arizonans believe that education is one of the most important issues facing our state,” said Erin Hart, interim president and CEO of Expect More Arizona, a nonprofit education advocacy organization that helped develop the meter. “We must close the achievement gap that leaves so many children behind, while increasing educational attainment overall and preparing Arizona with a highly-skilled workforce.”

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Addressing the unique challenges of urban and rural schools

| September 13, 2017
Addressing the unique challenges of urban and rural schools

It shouldn’t matter whether a child walks three blocks, rides a bus for an hour or carpools with neighborhood kids to get to school. They should all have access to the best educational opportunities.

Here in Arizona, about half of our public school students are enrolled in urban schools, with the remaining youth split between suburban, small towns and rural areas. This geographic diversity can create wide disparities in how schools are able to deliver on their goal to prepare their students for the next step. We spoke with seven districts across the state to better understand how their location plays a role in their ability to educate Arizona students.

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Arizona Education Progress Meter Shows steep but ‘obtainable’ climb

| August 30, 2017
Arizona Education Progress Meter Shows steep but ‘obtainable’ climb

If all goes according to a set of goals supported by dozens of Arizona education and business groups, the state’s elementary teachers will earn the national median of $56,000 in five years and most third-graders will read at grade level by 2030.

Those are among the benchmarks that make up the Arizona Education Progress Meter, a data-tracking effort education advocates hope will drive statewide policy decisions and address longstanding student achievement gaps.

The meter, developed by education nonprofits Expect More Arizona and the Center for the Future of Arizona, tracks areas — such as teacher pay, high school graduation rates and reading and math literacy — that indicate student achievement.

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Missing School Matters: Why You Should Keep Absences to a Minimum

| August 9, 2017
Missing School Matters: Why You Should Keep Absences to a Minimum

How do you know if your child is missing too much school? It only takes two lost days per month to be considered chronically absent. That’s about 10 percent of the school year in Arizona, and while two days per month doesn’t seem like much, it can have a big impact on learning.

In fact, students who are are chronically absent in kindergarten and first-grade score lower on third-grade reading tests and are more likely to repeat a grade. By the time a student gets to sixth grade, attendance rates are a key predictor of whether they’ll graduate from high school.

Missing a few days a year for illness or travel is inevitable, but how can you minimize the impact of lost class time for your child? Here are some ideas:

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Arizona Eighth Grade Math Performance – A More Complete Picture

| August 2, 2017
Arizona Eighth Grade Math Performance – A More Complete Picture

This past fall, when the statewide results of the 2016 AzMERIT exam were published, the eighth-grade math test pass rate was pegged at 26 percent. Though this figure is true for the students who took the general eighth-grade math exam, it does not represent all eighth-grade students in Arizona, because many students take advanced math classes and therefore take a different exam.

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Flagstaff Unified Middle Schools Create Academic Intervention Program to Ensure Students Are Prepared for High School. See more education stories here

| July 26, 2017
Flagstaff Unified Middle Schools Create Academic Intervention Program to Ensure Students Are Prepared for High School. See more education stories here

It was hard to work into the daily schedule, but it has been worth it. Six years ago, the team at Sinagua Middle School in Flagstaff Unified School District recognized that not all of their students were making it to high school with the skills that they needed to be successful, so they created a robust monitoring and intervention program to catch students’ challenges early. The district’s elementary schools were already seeing great success with their intervention programs, so it only made sense to continue the effort as students progressed.

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Proposition 301 – What you need to know

| July 12, 2017
Proposition 301 – What you need to know

We can’t repeat this often enough: Arizona needs a long-term solution to increase education funding (Pre-K through postsecondary), with a focus on equity and outcomes for every student. And, we believe a long-term solution must include the renewal and expansion of Proposition 301. Here is a little background and the reason we think Prop 301 is so important.

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