We are living in a time in which nearly every student will need some form of education or career training following high school to earn a livable wage.
By 2020, nearly 8 in 10 new jobs will require at least some education beyond a high school diploma. At the same time, Arizona high school graduation rates have stalled at about 70 percent, mirroring the national graduation rate for the past 40 years.
Many of the Arizona high school graduates who enter community college are not prepared to take college-level math or English classes. Roughly half of incoming students require at least one non-credit, developmental math course. Forty-one percent of incoming community college students require at least one additonal high school-level course in reading or English before they can advance to college-level studies. About 25 percent of Arizona's incoming community college students will need to take three or more of these developmental classes.
It is clear that the same educational system that we have had for the past 100 years cannot be expected to take us into the next 100 years.
We need a new way to prepare students for the realities of today's workplace. To be effective, we need to recognize students' interests and goals, allow flexibility regarding where learning takes place, and let students move on once they have mastered the material.
The Move On When Ready initiative accomplishes these goals, while raising academic achievement to national and international college- and career-readiness standards.
About Move On When Ready
Move On When Ready is a new performance-based high school education model designed to increase academic achievement and prepare all students for college and careers. Key components of the model include use of proven world-class instructional systems; multiple education pathways adaptive to individual student interests and needs, moving away from a “one-size-fits-all” approach; and a new performance-based high school diploma called the Grand Canyon Diploma.
Move On When Ready was created in response to the K-12 academic readiness issues facing Arizona's children and the state's need to increase the number of students able to access and complete postsecondary education.
The goal is to greatly increase the number of high school students who move on from high school ready to do college-level work without remediation. The Move On When Ready model was developed with all students in mind so they know what is required from them to be successful in education beyond high school, and to provide a way for them to get there with less worry about how long it takes. Arizona is the first state in the country to pass performance-based learning legislation.
Currently, over thirty Arizona high schools are voluntarily implementing Move On When Ready. The state requires that any school interested in implementing Move On When Ready on its campus work directly with the Center for the Future of Arizona. CFA was selected by the Arizona State Board of Education to provide technical support and general supervision over the Move On When Ready initiative.
The Arizona Move On When Ready Initiative is part of the National Center on Education and the Economy's Excellence For All effort. Other partner states include Connecticut, Kentucky, and Mississippi. The University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research (ISR) is conducting an independent review of the Excellence for All pilot, which includes all Arizona Move On When Ready schools.