Arizona’s Education Standards Equal High Expectations for Students
Author: Helios Education Foundation
Today’s students are preparing to enter a world in which expectations from postsecondary institutions and the workforce are more demanding than ever before. It is imperative that they embrace 21st century skills such as problem-solving, collaboration and critical thinking. These skills are recognized as some of the abilities that separate students who are prepared for complex life and work environments and those who are not.
Educators in Arizona have been working over the past five years to ensure that Arizona students are ready for the demands of the future and are prepared for success in college and career. Part of the preparation that is currently underway is the implementation of higher, more rigorous standards in classrooms across the state.
These standards are designed to ensure students are prepared for today’s entry-level careers, freshman-level college courses and workforce training programs. They focus on critical-thinking, problem-solving and analytical skills that students will need to be successful. They also provide deeper learning opportunities and more real-world application.
“Teachers and education leaders throughout Arizona have worked incredibly hard over the past few years to help students be better prepared for success in college and career,” said Paul J. Luna, President and CEO, Helios Education Foundation. “We should celebrate our collective commitment to our students and acknowledge that high expectations are not easy but they are necessary.”
Requiring more of students will always be harder than requiring less. But Arizona education leaders have demonstrated that high standards are in the best interest of Arizona students and will help ensure students are prepared for success in college and career.