Education Progress Meter

To achieve the Arizona We Want, citizens and leaders must work together to accomplish the citizen goals.

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Arizonans consistently agree education must be a top priority, so imagine if we all acted accordingly. Every child, regardless of background, income or ZIP code would receive a world-class education from the early years through college and career. Our students would be the most educated, skilled and sought after innovators of the 21st century. Arizona would lead the nation in attracting and growing jobs. Everything from property values to health care to crime rates would be positively impacted.

In partnership with Expect More Arizona, the Center for the Future of Arizona developed the indicators below to track our collective progress. Click through each one to learn more about the issue, statewide efforts to address it and ways to get involved. The Education Progress Meter has been endorsed by more than 35 organizations, click here to view the endorsers. You can learn more about the development of the indicators and how to share them on your site here.

Preschool Enrollment

Percent of 3 and 4 year olds are enrolled in preschool.

Third Grade Reading

Percent of third graders passed the AzMERIT English language arts test by scoring proficient or highly proficient.

Eight Grade Math

Percent of 8th grade students passed math by scoring proficient or highly proficient on the AzMERIT assessment.

High School Graduation

Percent of Arizona high school students graduate in 4 years.

Opportunity Youth

Percent of youth ages 16-24 enrolled in school or working.

College Going

Percent 2011-12 Arizona high school graduates attend a postsecondary institution.


Percent of residents have completed a 2- or 4-year degree.

Teacher Pay

Median Arizona elementary school teacher salary ($40,590) compared to national median ($54,120).

We all want our state to be a great place to live, work and raise a family. A world-class education in Arizona would not only make our students more competitive across the globe, but also would ensure a more prosperous economy that benefits everyone.



Lead Partner

Expect More Arizona

Expect More Arizona champions a world-class education – from the early years through career – for every child. Together with a growing network of partners and individuals across the state, we are working to build an education-first culture and create…

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Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University is a public university offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees of high quality and societal value.  As a student, you are at the center of the NAU experience, which is guided by a dedicated and distinguished faculty…

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Helios Education Foundation

Helios Education Foundation is dedicated to creating opportunities for individuals in Arizona and Florida to succeed in postsecondary education. Created through the sale of Southwest Student Services Corporation, a student loan services company, our roots are in education and in…

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The University of Arizona

Established in 1885, the University of Arizona, the state’s super land-grant university with two medical schools, produces graduates who are real-world ready through its 100% Student Engagement initiative. Recognized as a global leader and ranked 16th for the employability of…

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