Policy into Practice – A History of Move On When Ready


  • Move On When Ready legislation passes with strong bipartisan support creating the performance-based Grand Canyon High School Diploma.

  • Arizona State Board of Education selects the Center for the Future of Arizona to lead the Move On When Ready.


  • Arizona State Board of Education adopts rules for earning the Grand Canyon High School Diploma, approves the instructional systems available to Move On When Ready schools, and approves college-ready qualification scores for exams in all subject areas.

  • CFA holds informational sessions across the state for interested schools; 11 schools voluntarily adopt and begin to implement Move On When Ready.

  • The Move On When Ready Learning Collaborative is created by CFA through support from Helios Education Foundation; providing a unique collaborative approach to the adoption and implementation of innovation whereby CFA brings schools together on an intensive and regular basis to exchange learnings and tackle the work of school redesign.


  • Additional schools voluntarily adopt and begin to implement Move On When Ready; CFA expands the Learning Collaborative to support the additional schools.

  • CFA is awarded a $1 million State Board of Education Innovation Education Program grant to support Move On When Ready.

  • Ready Now Yuma launched by Yuma Union High School District and Helios Education Foundation to increase the number of students entering and succeeding in postsecondary education; Move On When Ready is a central feature and CFA played a critical role in the planning of Ready Now Yuma through a year-long planning grant from Helios Education Foundation.


  • First students earn the Grand Canyon High School Diploma.

  • CFA creates the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) diploma program in collaboration with Science Foundation Arizona, the state’s public universities, business and industry, and Arizona high schools; providing a competency-based student pathway that graduates high school students motivated and prepared to enter and complete STEM degree programs at the university.

  • Center for the Future of Arizona works with the Arizona Board of Regents and individual public universities on admission and credit by exam policies related to Move On When Ready.

  • Teachers participate in high quality subject-specific professional development from Cambridge and the National Center on Education and the Economy as they continue to refine their performance-based teaching practices.


  • Wickenburg Unified School District Governing Board approves the Grand Canyon High School Diploma as the standard diploma for all students.

  • Move On When Ready schools engage in “data dig” sessions, closely examining student exam results data to identify and plan for individualized student support, and to refine course design and teaching practices.

  • State Board of Education adopts principles of agreement that will guide the development of the next generation of A through F school accountability profiles; Dr. Sybil Francis is on the committee; CFA’s experience with Move On When Ready informs the work of the committee.


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Phoenix, Arizona 85004-2211
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