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.
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
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
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