Education Forward Arizona — Updated AZ Education Progress Meter Data Show P-20 Pandemic Impact

| January 11, 2022

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Data Show Impact to the Entire P-20 Continuum as Result of Pandemic

(Jan. 6) Education Forward Arizona and the Center for the Future of Arizona released updates to five of the eight indicators in the Arizona Education Progress Meter , the state’s widely accepted framework for P-20 education. 

The data show that the COVID-19 pandemic has had significant effects on every part of the education continuum, from early education to K-12 and postsecondary education.

Notably, new data show a decline in access to quality early learning for Arizona 3- and 4-year-olds from 19% last year to 17% this year, contributing to a three-year downward trend from a high of 24%.  The decrease is largely a result of the pandemic when many providers closed or limited capacity and the loss of the federal Preschool Development Grant. Early learning opportunities, such as PreK, are important because they give children the opportunity to build their cognitive, social and emotional skills so they are ready to learn in kindergarten and able to read at grade level by the end of third grade.

Arizona Education Progress Meter Updates

The data also show significant drops in 3rd grade reading (11 percentage points) and 8th grade math (14 percentage points), high school graduation rates (1 percentage point) and post-high school enrollment (7 percentage points) because of the pandemic.


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