If a student does not learn to read, he/she cannot read to learn.
59% of Arkansas public school students are “Not Ready” in Reading. 34% are “Not Close.” This is a statewide emergency negatively impacting every aspect of our society.
The first step to solve any problem is to acknowledge that there is a problem. With the attached interactive maps, know the Reading performance and growth of your publicly funded schools and immediately and persistently demand that the adults in charge prioritize reading above all us.
With over $5.7 Billion spent annually on Arkansas public education, our children deserve an Arkansas Guarantee: All students, except those precluded by intellectual disability, will read at grade level. Now!