This video was produced by the Arizona Public Engagement Task Force to help build awareness and understanding of Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards (AZCCRS), more rigorous academic standards in English language arts and literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects, and mathematics for grades K-12. The Standards significantly raise the bar for our students, and focus on critical-thinking, problem solving, and effective communication skills.
Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards (AZCCRS)
Preparing Arizona students for college, career and life
Across the state, Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards are being implemented to ensure that all students have the academic knowledge and skills they need to be successful in college, career and life. To support their implementation, the Arizona Public Engagement Task Force – an independently formed statewide collaborative of more than 30 organizations – has worked in partnership with the Arizona Department of Education to provide information and resources to parents, educators, students and business leaders about the standards. The Task Force has also created the Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards Communications Tool Kit that provides superintendents, principals, teachers and other community leaders with the tools to communicate to families and community members about the standards.
The standards are informed by the highest, most effective models from states across the country and countries around the world, and provide teachers and parents with a common understanding of what students are expected to learn. These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs. The standards:
- Align with college and work expectations;
- Are clear, understandable and consistent;
- Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills;
- Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards;
- Informed by other top performing countries to prepare all students to succeed in our global economy and society; and
- Are evidence-based.
“Simply put, ‘College and career readiness’ is the umbrella under which many education and workforce policies, programs and initiatives thrive.” (Achieve, Inc., 2012)