Goal 1

Goal 1

Increase the percentage of third graders meeting state standards in reading to 94% in 2020.

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Starting next year, all 3rd grade students will be tested on the new, more rigorous, Arizona College and Career Ready Standards. Arizona's College and Career Ready Standards will emphasize literacy across disciplines, improving both reading ability and comprehension in all academic subjects.

"Move on when Reading" provides information for parents on student reading and expectations of reading by the end of third grade. In 2014, students in third grade with reading scores in the "falls far below" category on state tests will not be promoted to fourth grade, unless they have a "good cause exemption" or parent consent.

Starting in 2013, a new school letter grade system will include student level academic growth and will be reported on an A-F scale. Preliminary grades were released for 2011 and 2012 in conjunction with the current labeling system.

It is crucial that our students graduate high school if they are going to succeed in the future. But back in 2010, only 69% of third graders were capable of meeting state reading standards. This is significant because studies have shown that students who reach eighth grade after performing poorly on the AIMS Test were likely to dropout prior to graduation. That's why Arizona Ready has set its sights on drastically improving this number to 94% by 2020.

Goal 2

Goal 2

Increase the percentage of eighth graders achieving at or above basic on the National Assessment of Education Progress to 85% in 2020.

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Starting in 2014, new state assessments will be more aligned to national assessments and benchmarked against international standards to ensure our students are prepared for the 21st century.

Despite the fact we are living in a challenging global economy, the United States doesn't have a unified set of standards to determine whether or not our students are prepared to compete. That's why the introduction of Arizona's College and Career Ready Standards in mathematics and reading in June 2010 was such a historical event.

Launched by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, the project brought together experts in both reading and math to help develop the standards. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) conducts periodic assessments across the country to gauge the progress of students toward meeting these new standards.

Directed by the Commissioner of Education Statistics, the NAEP provides results on subject-matter achievement, instructional experiences and school environment. NAEP assessments are administered uniformly using the same sets of test booklets throughout the nation. NAEP results serve to provide a clear metric for student performance across the states.

Goal 3

Goal 3

Raise the high school graduation rate to at least 93% in 2020.

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Arizona College and Career Ready Standards include logical progressions and real-life coursework materials for a more rewarding and engaging education that encourages students to stay in school.

Starting in 2016, AIMS will no longer be a high school graduation requirnment. It will be replaced with a new assessment for high school that includes "end of course" evaluations.

Starting in 2013, a new school letter grade system includes student level academic growth and be reported on an A-F scale. Preliminary grades were released for 2011 and 2012 in conjunction with the current labeling system.

"Move on When Ready" offers a special diploma for students in districts that have volunteered to be a part of this program. It allows students to demonstrate deep content knowledge in order to be exempted from all other Arizona graduation requirements. They may continue their academic preparation for college or career readiness in their school.

Goal 4

Goal 4

Double the number of students receiving baccalaureate degrees to 36,000 per year.

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The new Arizona College and Career Ready Standards will ensure that students leaving the 12th grade do not need remediation to take entry level classes in higher education.

Starting in 2014, new assessments will indicate student readiness for entry level courses in higher education. These assessments are currently being developed with input from higher education to ensure they are aligned with the community college matrix.

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