As these superintendents began to deal collectively with this issue, they came to realize how much they had in common.  By working together, they could implement cost effective programs that would make a difference for the students they served.  And so, the Greater Phoenix Educational Management Council was created.

While the goal remains the same, the challenges facing the council today are clearly more complex.  These challenges in education mirror those of a changing world.  Today, school districts must not only address the educational needs of students but must also respond to their human and social needs.

This group of superintendents, along with curriculum directors and business officials, still come together for a common purpose – to enhance the educational opportunities for our students.  Today and every day GPEMC through its Educational Programs; Community Service; Staff Development; School-Business Partnerships; Legislative Interactions; and a Renewed Commitment to the goals and direction set forth many years ago IS making a difference.

History & Vision

By June 30, 1975, in cooperation with all local school districts, develop, establish and direct the implementation of a Continuous Uniform Evaluation System (CUES) of pupil achievements in relation to measurable performance objectives in basic subjects.  The Board (State Board of Education) shall assist in the development of alternative learning procedures to help pupils attain their individual learning expectancy levels based on intelligence factors, achievement factors, and teacher evaluation.  Basic subjects shall be defined for these purposes as reading, writing, and computation skills.  (As amended, Laws 1972, Ch. 111 and Ch. 168)

In 1974 a small group of superintendents representing school districts in Phoenix came together for a common purpose:
 
To share their knowledge and expertise and develop a plan of action to ensure the implementation of a new state mandate for the academic testing of Arizona’s students.​

In 1972 the new State mandate stated: