Tag: Center for the Future of Arizona

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

| January 11, 2022
Education Forward Arizona — Updated AZ Education Progress Meter Data Show P-20 Pandemic Impact

(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.

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CFA’s Statement on Governor Ducey $2 Million Investment for Arizona Personalized Learning Network

| August 24, 2021
CFA’s Statement on Governor Ducey $2 Million Investment for Arizona Personalized Learning Network

The Center for the Future of Arizona (CFA) is grateful for Governor Doug Ducey’s $2 million investment to expand the Arizona Personalized Learning Network, helping teachers and school leaders personalize learning to meet the needs of every student and transform public school systems to be learner-centered. The investment will be allocated through recent federal COVID-19 relief funding and is part of Governor Ducey’s targeted investment of $64.9 million in state and federal funding to expand learning programs in Arizona.

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Center for the Future of Arizona Statement on Statement on Governor Ducey Signing H.B. 2862 Into Law

| April 30, 2021
Center for the Future of Arizona Statement on Statement on Governor Ducey Signing H.B. 2862 Into Law

The Center for the Future of Arizona thanks Governor Ducey for signing H.B. 2862, legislation that supports Arizona schools in providing learner-centered education to better meet the needs of every student and family. 

The enactment of H.B. 2862 builds on CFA’s decade of work with policymakers, public schools, and communities to expand learner-centered education in order to create more excellent and equitable outcomes for all Arizona students. 

This legislation complements work already underway in Arizona to support schools that want to make the shift to learner-centered education, including the Arizona Personalized Learning Network that provides support and training to school districts and charter networks committed to personalizing learning for their students. 

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Free Youth Mental Health Zoom forum to be held at 8 a.m. Aug. 25

| August 22, 2020
Free Youth Mental Health Zoom forum to be held at 8 a.m. Aug. 25

Join us via Zoom – it’s free to attend! 

Like other states, Arizona faces a mental health crisis, including teen suicide and a shortage of mental health treatment beds. The state has responded by passing Jake’s Law, which requires insurers to cover mental health care in the same way they cover other medical care, adopting the “Arizona model” for crisis care and working to increase bed capacity. Join policymakers and experts in a discussion about mental health. It’s free to attend!

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Commentary: With 8 Clear Goals and a Public Progress Meter, Arizona Is Improving Education for All the State’s Students

| October 9, 2018
Commentary: With 8 Clear Goals and a Public Progress Meter, Arizona Is Improving Education for All the State’s Students

In a state that ranks near the bottom in teacher pay, with thousands of vacant teaching positions, dwindling enrollment in teacher training programs, lagging test scores, and a stubborn achievement gap, it can be hard to envision how to move forward. …

To that end, Expect More Arizona and the Center for the Future of Arizonalaunched the Arizona Education Progress Meter in 2016 to serve as a nonpartisan, shared source of information and to provide a guidepost for the future.

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Expect More Arizona, the Center for the Future of Arizona launch Arizona Education Progress Meter

| February 3, 2016
Expect More Arizona, the Center for the Future of Arizona launch Arizona Education Progress Meter

After years of discussion among community leaders, educators and policy makers about how to improve education in Arizona, Expect More Arizona and the Center for the Future of Arizona have launched the Arizona Education Progress Meter to provide a roadmap for success.

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New initiative partners business, ed to create career pathways for AZ students

| November 11, 2015
New initiative partners business, ed to create career pathways for AZ students

Experience will tell you that if you ask a child what they want to be when they grow up, most will immediately respond with a list as long as they are tall. The list most likely contains careers ranging from doctor to firefighter to astronaut to president. But inevitably, somewhere along the way, these aspirations and dreams turn in to “I don’t know” as parents find themselves debating this same question just a few years later with teenagers.

Arizona Pathways to Prosperity hopes to turn those “I don’t know” back into a list of professions that will not only help Arizona students discover careers they are passionate about that will offer good wages and support success in work and in life, but will help Arizona’s economy prosper.

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What can Arizona do to reduce the number of high-school dropouts?

| August 5, 2015
What can Arizona do to reduce the number of high-school dropouts?

By Steve Goldstein • KJZZ Some schools in Arizona get started for the 2015-16 year next week and a large percentage of K-12 students will finish their classes and get ready to move to the next grade. But the percentage who leave high school early without graduating remains alarming to many education researchers and analysts […]

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