In 2012, the Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading launched with the mission to ensure all children in Arkansas read on grade-level by the end of third grade.
Through a network of more than 30 organizations from around the state, representing parents, educators, early childhood education, state agencies and foundations, the campaign has worked collectively to move the needle on third grade reading.
The campaign's latest report, "Moving the Needle on Grade-Level Reading in Arkansas: Impact, Influence and Leverage," details improvements made in the campaign’s five key impact areas, including family and community engagement; school readiness; school attendance; classroom instruction; and summer learning. Together, these efforts have helped increase the percentage of third graders in Arkansas reading on grade level from 35 percent in 2015-2016 to 37 percent in 2016-2017. As a result of the campaign and its more than 30 partner organizations, the state has also seen:
While this report reflects on the progress of the last six years, there is still significant work to be done. The report outlines our plan to broaden community engagement to include the business and healthcare sectors; build on momentum at the state level to take to scale comprehensive policy solutions; develop two-generation strategies to support children and their parents; and align and aggregate evidence-based strategies to achieve outcomes for ALL children.