Personalized Preparation for College and Career

Through Move On When Ready, Arizona is at the leading edge of demonstrating how to design and implement a student-centered, customized learning approach that prepares every student for success in college and career.

Move On When Ready is a program that allows Arizona high school students to earn a recognized high school diploma that is designed to deliver skills and knowledge needed to succeed in college and career. Advancement is based on mastery, not “seat time.” Students advance when they demonstrate they learned the material; the pace is determined by the student outcomes, and does not necessarily conform to the four-year standard of traditional high school.

What students need to know and be able to do is clearly defined, but the pathway and time a student takes to reach that standard varies depending on their individual needs and performance. When students reach the college readiness standards in English, mathematics, science, history and the arts they earn the Grand Canyon High School Diploma. This means students are academically prepared to take college level courses without remediation.

This approach moves away from “one-size-fits-all” towards a more personalized model of education.  Students who don’t yet demonstrate readiness will receive personalized, additional support from their school and will have an opportunity to retake the exams and qualify for the Grand Canyon High School Diploma. Students who move through more quickly can leverage many choices-- such as advanced courses that can earn college credit, graduating early, career and technical education-- to further customize their high school experience and support their specific goals and interests.

Move On When Ready is based on more than 20 years of research on the education systems of countries that consistently outperform the United States in student achievement.

Encouraging Results in a Diverse Set of Schools

Now in its fifth year of implementation, Move On When Ready is working with more than 20 diverse high schools, impacting more than 26,000 students statewide. The students are reflective of Arizona’s demographics – nearly 50% are Latino and over half live in low-income households. CFA also works with a growing number of middle schools that want to align their work with the participating high schools their students will attend.

The success of the program has involved sound, creative planning and solid collaboration between policymakers, schools, state agencies, the philanthropic and nonprofit community, higher education and national partners, including the National Center on Education and the Economy.

Any school can participate on a voluntary basis. If you are interested in collaborating with Move On When Ready please contact:

Megan McWenie
Move On When Ready Learning Collaborative Coordinator


Center for the Future of Arizona
541 East Van Buren, B-5
Phoenix, Arizona 85004-2211
Phone: 602-496-1360
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