Tag: Expect More Arizona

Poll Shows Education Remains Top Issue for Arizona Voters. See related stories here

| January 3, 2018
Poll Shows Education Remains Top Issue for Arizona Voters. See related stories here

Expect More Arizona, a nonprofit education advocacy organization, commissioned a statewide public opinion survey of 600 likely Arizona voters in mid-December 2017. For the third year in a row, the poll shows that Arizona voters believe education is the most important issue facing our state, above immigration, the economy or healthcare. They believe that lack of funding and low teacher pay are the state’s two most significant education issues.

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Expect More Arizona Releases Inaugural Progress Meter Newsletter

| December 25, 2017
Expect More Arizona Releases Inaugural Progress Meter Newsletter

Momentum continues to build around the Arizona Education Progress Meter as a nonpartisan framework for education in our state. Below are a few examples of how local governments, school districts and community organizations are using the Progress Meter to advance Arizona’s long-term education goals at the local level.

We know that it will take local communities leading the way to make significant progress on the Progress Meter indicators and to help the state reach its 60% attainment goal by 2030. Therefore, we’re engaging local governments in adopting the state’s attainment goal and the Progress Meter as their tool for measuring local impact on education. To date, 35 local governments have already signed on.

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Easy Way to Weigh in on Education Bills

| December 20, 2017
Easy Way to Weigh in on Education Bills

The Request to Speak system is an online tool that lets you give legislators your feedback on bills. You can use the system to show that you support or oppose a bill and provide the reason why. You do not have to speak as the name implies. It is one of the easiest ways to share your opinions directly with legislators, all from the comfort of your home or office!

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How Do You Know If Your Child’s School Is High Performing?

| December 6, 2017
How Do You Know If Your Child’s School Is High Performing?

As a parent or a community member, it can be difficult to understand what all the various school labels mean and whether your child’s school or neighborhood school is up to snuff. Below are three different ways that you may see your local school labeled. The distinctions are given by different entities and each mean something a little different.

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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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