Reaching this goal will mean that 60 percent of the state’s population of working adults (ages 25-64) will have a certificate, license, or degree—contributing to greater economic and individual prosperity, reduced social spending, and a more vibrant state economy for all Arizonans.
Reaching the attainment goal isn’t just a postsecondary education issue. Preparation begins with our youngest students, in early childhood education, and builds as they progress through elementary, middle, and high school.
In 2022, Education Forward Arizona convened education, business, and community leaders and the community to identify and prioritize the most important action steps the state can take to advance the Achieve60AZ attainment goal and those in the Arizona Education Progress Meter.
The work began with a set of education thought leaders and expanded to include more than 300 people—including students, educators, community and business leaders—who participated in a dozen convenings and surveys.
Together, we created this shared action plan, which gives the state clear direction—from a non-partisan perspective— regarding how we can improve student outcomes.
We hope this Achieve60AZ Action Plan (AZ 60 Action Plan) will serve as a guide for policymakers, funders, educators, business and community leaders to jointly prioritize and advocate for essential changes that will move education forward.
These priorities, which are listed in a non-hierarchical order, represent a shared articulation of the actions that matter most for improving teaching, learning, and student outcomes in ways that meaningfully contribute to progress toward the Achieve60AZ goal.
To complement each of the top priorities, the below strategies offer greater depth and insight into what it will take to meet the Achieve60AZ goal and each indicator along the way, organized below by Education Progress Meter indicator.