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ADVOCATES: Children Need To Read At Grade Level By Third Grade

Posted: January 7, 2013 at 5 a.m.

A statewide campaign is under way to get more students, especially from low-income families, reading on grade level by the end of third grade.

At A Glance

Reading on Grade Level

The 2011 State Benchmark exams show the percentage of segments of third-graders reading at grade level. If a student scores at or above proficient, he is reading at or above grade level.

• White — 82 percent

• Hispanic — 71 percent

• Black — 61 percent

• Economically disadvantaged — 70 percent

Source: Arkansas Department Of Education

At A Glance


The Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading wants to close the reading gap by focusing its efforts in four areas to improve students reading success.

• Improve school readiness

• Reduce chronic absence

• Stop summer learning loss

• Strengthen parent and community engagement

Source: http://www.ar-glr.net/

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