June 13, 2012
With nearly 60% of Arizona students requiring remediation upon entry into college, Yuma Union High School District students have an unprecedented opportunity to lead the state in college and career readiness as a result of a $3.9 million, five-year investment by Helios Education Foundation. Helios to ensure every district student graduates prepared to succeed in college and career. Nearly 3,000 9th grade students and 100 teachers, counselors and administrators participated in the initial planning and pilot of Ready Now Yuma during the 2011-2012 academic school year. Ready Now Yuma moves into district-wide implementation beginning this fall, where every 9th and 10th grade student in the district will participate in the high expectations curriculum. Arizona, are required to begin implementing the nationally and internationally-benchmarked Common Core State Standards. Arizona, in addition to 46 other states and the District of Columbia, adopted the higher-bar standards to improve the academic performance and college and career-readiness of students to meet the higher expectations and needs of colleges and employers. For example, according to the Arizona Board of Regents, nearly half of Arizona’s graduates do not qualify to enroll in the state’s public universities. Yuma community overall,” commented Toni Badone, superintendent of Yuma Union High School District. “Our goal is to equip every student with the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in college, career and life. Where Great Minds Grow.” The district serves nearly 11,000 students at five comprehensive high schools and one alternative high school. The district leadership focuses on a clear bottom line of ensuring every student graduates college and career ready...AP® Achievement List by the College Board for significant gains in Advanced Placement® access and student performance in 2011. About Helios Education Foundation Helios Education Foundation is focused on creating a high-expectations, college-going culture in Arizona and Florida by investing in initiatives that create opportunities for postsecondary education success...Since 2006, Helios has invested over $115 million in education-related programs and initiatives in Florida and Arizona. For more information about the Foundation, visit http://www.helios.org.
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