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Using Data & Dollars to Help More Students Read
/ March 8, 2019

Arkansas Community Foundation created the Aspire Arkansas report to provide a county-by-county look at the quality of life in Arkansas. From that report, we learned that only 37.8% of our state's third-graders can read on grade-level.

Only 37.8%.

A mountain of education research confirms that third-grade reading levels are a strong predictor of future success in school and beyond. So what can WE do to move these numbers in the right direction? 

We've partnered with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading to make grants targeted to advance some simple, evidence-based strategies so that every child in Arkansas can read at grade-level by the end of third grade. Through that partnership, we’ve invested more than $350,000 statewide to support local programs working to improve our state's reading scores.

We've got a lot of work to do. By partnering with the Community Foundation, you can make a difference. Here are four ways you can get involved:

Learn more about a recent grant we made to improve reading scores in Columbia County.  


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