Reading Initiative for Student Excellence

The 91st General Assembly passed over 30 pieces of legislation aimed at improving public education in our state. One area of real focus was increasing reading proficiency levels for our students. Currently, Arkansas ranks in the lower third of reading scores compared to other states with just 31% of Arkansas 4th graders reading at a proficient level. Although classes are dismissed, the summer months are still crucial to our efforts to improve. Numerous studies indicate that students who don’t read or read infrequently during their summer vacation see their reading abilities stagnate or decline. This effect becomes more pronounced...

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