Preparing Arizona students for college, career and life
Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards give Arizona students the skills they need to be successful in life. Simply put, they are a set of expectations placed on students to ensure that when they leave classroom, they are ready to become informed, productive members of their community and that they are not only able to compete in a competitive job market, but that they can excel.
Arizona education standards have long been adopted by the Arizona Board of Education to ensure every child in our great state has the skills to move through our school system.
These new standards, Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards, were adopted in 2010 after extensive public comment and public meetings by the Board of Education. Schools began implementing the standards during the 2013 school year.
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. The Standards significantly raise the bar for our students, and focus on critical-thinking, problem solving, and effective communication skills. However, they are no substitute for quality curriculum, effective teachers, efficient administrative leadership, and engaged parents.
“Simply put, ‘College and career readiness’ is the umbrella under which many education and workforce policies, programs and initiatives thrive.” (Achieve, Inc., 2012)
Arizona joined with 46 other states to create the next generation of K-12 standards in English language arts and literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects, and mathematics. These standards provide a consistent framework to prepare students for success in college and/or the 21st century workplace. The Arizona State Board of Education adopted AZCCRS on June 28, 2010.
This state-led effort was coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).
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.
- Align with college and work expectations;
- Are clear, understandable and consistent;
- Include rigorous content;
- 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.
This video was produced by the Arizona Public Engagement Task Force.