Arkansas’ Reading Deficit
- Only 31% of Arkansas’ 4th-grade students are proficient in reading (National Assessment of Educational Progress, 2015).
- Arkansas ranks in the lower third in reading scores in comparison to other states (National Assessment of Educational Progress, 2015).
- One-third of Arkansas schools report average literacy scores lower than 25 percent (Department of Education in Arkansas, 2015).
- Only 39% of Arkansas’ graduating seniors met reading readiness benchmarks on the ACT (2015).