The city of Litchfield Park recently announced its support of the Arizona Education Progress Meter along with the statewide goal to boost postsecondary attainment to 60% by the year 2030.
Launched in early 2016 with the backing of 40 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.
“Improving our schools will improve our whole city,” said Litchfield Park Mayor Thomas L. Schoaf. “We’re excited to use the Progress Meter to evaluate how we’re doing on everything from early learning through college and career.”
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 and Tolleson.
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.
A few West Valley districts have shown impressive growth.
At Litchfield Elementary School District third grade reading proficiency increased from 49% in the 2015-16 school year to 56% in 2018-19.
And Agua Fria Union High School District’s high school graduation rate went from 84% in 2014 to 95% in 2019.
For more information, visit expectmorearizona.org.