This years State of the Union address laid out a vision for our future. The president laid out his commitment to education, emphasizing efforts to provide affordable early childhood education and college tuition, and raise the standards of education in America.
He is quoted as say“Some of this change is hard. It requires everything from more challenging curriculum and more demanding parents to better support for teachers and new ways to measure how well our kids think, not how well they can fill in a bubble on a test,” the president said. “But it’s worth it — and it’s working.”
In Arizona, one way that we have become committed to educational success is through the Center for the Future of Arizona, which has been taking the initiative in our state to help raise the standard of education for our children. The institute has helped to implement programs throughout the state such as the “Move on when Ready” program. Move On When Ready is a new performance-based high school education model designed to increase academic achievement and prepare all students for college and careers. Key components of the model include use of proven world-class instructional systems; multiple education pathways adaptive to individual student interests and needs, moving away from a “one-size-fits-all” approach; and a new performance-based high school diploma called the Grand Canyon Diploma.
The Move On When Ready initiative accomplishes these goals, while raising academic achievement to national and international college- and career-readiness standards.