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Posted on: February 4, 2020

Surprise Reaffirms Support for Quality Education

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The City of Surprise has announced its support of the Arizona Education Progress Meter, along with the statewide goal to boost postsecondary attainment to 60 percent by the year 2030.

Launched in early 2016 with the backing of 40 major endorsers, the Progress Meter was developed by Expect More Arizona and the Center for the Future of Arizona to cohere a set of key metrics that support a shared vision for a world-class education in Arizona. The vision is that all students, regardless of their background, have the opportunity to succeed at every step of the education continuum, from the early years through career.  

“Our city is always looking for ways to improve education,” said Surprise Mayor Skip Hall. “The Progress Meter provides a valuable structure and direction for doing that, from our youngest students to adult attainment.”

The city joins a number of other local municipalities and government agencies across the state that have signed on in support of the Progress Meter, including Buckeye, Glendale, Phoenix, Tolleson and many more. 

“From its earliest days, Surprise has made education a priority,” said Donna Davis, senior community engagement manager at Expect More Arizona. “Today’s leaders still understand that importance of a high-quality education and its impact on the entire region.”

The Progress Meter represents key milestones on the path to improving educational opportunities and outcomes for all Arizonans. Progress made in each area will ultimately create a more prosperous economy, ensure students have the knowledge and credentials necessary for good jobs and improve the civic health of communities. Most data is available for the state as a whole, or by county. The metrics include:

•    Attainment: Percent of residents who have completed a 2- or 4-year degree or received an industry certificate.

•    Post-high school enrollment: Percent of high school graduates enrolled in postsecondary education the semester after graduating high school. 

•    Opportunity youth: Percent of 16-24 year olds not going to school or working.

•    High school graduation: Percent of high school students who graduate in four years.

•    8th grade math: Percent of 8th grade students prepared to be successful in high school math.

•    3rd grade reading: Percent of 3rd grader students who scored proficient or highly proficient on the AzMERIT English language arts assessment.

•    Quality Early Learning: Percent of 3- and 4-year-olds enrolled in high-quality preschool settings.

•    Teacher pay: Arizona’s ranking compared to other states for median elementary teacher pay.

About Expect More Arizona

Expect More Arizona is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization bringing communities together to create positive change in education at all levels. Learn more at

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