94% of 3rd Graders Passing the Statewide Reading Assessment by 2020
Reading proficiency by the third grade is a crucial measure of a child’s academic future and is a strong predictor of ninth grade course performance, high school graduation, and college and career readiness. In 2014, 78% of third grader students in Arizona passed the statewide reading assessment.
85% of 8th Graders Testing At or Above Basic on the Mathematics Portion of the National Assessment of Educational Progress by 2020
Mathematics competency is an essential part of academic success and its benefits extend far beyond the academic domain. In 2013, 69% of Arizona’s 8th graders tested at or above basic on the mathematics portion of the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
44,000 Community College Students Earning Associate Degrees and/or Certificates, and 12,500 Transferring to a University, by 2020
As in-demand careers continue to evolve and require additional skills, community colleges provide opportunities for Arizona students to earn college credit and certifications, obtain technical skills, and seek the training needed to make career changes. By 2018, almost two-thirds of jobs in Arizona will require some post-secondary education or training. In 2012, Arizona’s community colleges awarded 39,696 degrees and certificates. In 2013, the number of in-state university transfers reached 10,333.
36,000 Students Earning a Bachelor's Degree by 2020 (30,000 from public institutions and 6,000 from private institutions)
Earning a bachelor’s or four-year degree can open the door to many more career opportunities, higher earning potential, and increased economic gains. By 2018, almost two-thirds of jobs in Arizona will require some post-secondary education or training. In 2013, the number of baccalaureate degrees awarded by public universities in Arizona reached 24,920.