Education
Grade 3 Reading
Source: Arkansas Department of Education
Grade 3 Reading Proficiency
2017
Alma School District42%
Alpena School District30%
Arkadelphia School District35%
Armorel School District42%
Ashdown School District23%
Atkins Public Schools32%
Augusta School District9%
Bald Knob School District29%
Barton-Lexa School District22%
Batesville School District36%
Bauxite School District44%
Bay School District29%
Bearden School District26%
Beebe School District31%
Benton School District42%
Bentonville Public Schools51%
Bergman School District49%
Berryville Public Schools28%
Bismarck Public Schools46%
Blevins School District44%
Blytheville School District19%
Booneville School District17%
Bradford School District37%
Brinkley School District23%
Brookland School District55%
Bryant Public Schools54%
Buffalo Island Central School District53%
Cabot Public Schools49%
Caddo Hills School District39%
Calico Rock School District18%
Camden Fairview School District30%
Carlisle School District34%
Cave City School District33%
Cedar Ridge School District20%
Cedarville School District35%
Centerpoint School District48%
Charleston School District54%
Clarendon School District30%
Clarksville School District44%
Cleveland County School District44%
Clinton School District57%
Concord Public Schools39%
Conway Public Schools45%
Corning Public Schools39%
Cossatot River School District35%
Cotter School District36%
County Line School District43%
Cross County School District39%
Crossett School District25%
Cutter-Morning Star School District23%
Danville School District42%
Dardanelle Public Schools38%
De Queen School District43%
Decatur School District18%
Deer/Mount Judea School District16%
Dermott School District6%
Des Arc Public Schools41%
DeWitt School District19%
Dierks School District48%
Dollarway School District6%
Dover School District52%
Drew Central School District17%
Dumas School District22%
Earle School District11%
East End School District43%
East Poinsett County School District42%
El Dorado School District28%
Elkins School District35%
Emerson-Taylor School District70%
England School District19%
Eureka Springs School District38%
Farmington School District45%
Fayetteville School District56%
Flippin School District32%
Fordyce School District22%
Foreman School District44%
Forrest City School District14%
Fort Smith Public Schools39%
Fouke School District33%
Fountain Lake School District42%
Genoa Central School District49%
Gentry Public Schools39%
Glen Rose School District40%
Gosnell School District35%
Gravette School District39%
Green Forest School District41%
Greenbrier School District67%
Greene County Technical School District41%
Greenland Public Schools45%
Greenwood School District49%
Gurdon School District28%
Guy-Perkins Schools15%
Hackett Public Schools35%
Hamburg School District28%
Hampton School District12%
Harmony Grove School District45%
Harrisburg School District25%
Harrison School District58%
Hazen School District27%
Heber Springs School District55%
Hector School District43%
Helena-West Helena School District17%
Hermitage School District25%
Highland School District35%
Hillcrest School District42%
Hope School District17%
Horatio School District41%
Hot Springs School District40%
Hoxie School District24%
Huntsville School District40%
Izard Cty Consolidated Schools29%
Jackson County School District46%
Jasper School District27%
Jessieville School District18%
Jonesboro Public Schools22%
Junction City School District22%
Kirby School District31%
Lafayette County School District21%
Lake Hamilton School District45%
Lakeside School District58%
Lamar School District34%
Lavaca Public Schools36%
Lawrence County School District33%
Lead Hill School District62%
Lee County School District13%
Lincoln School District40%
Little Rock School District32%
Lonoke School District20%
Magazine Schools22%
Magnet Cove School District30%
Magnolia School District29%
Malvern Special School District22%
Mammoth Spring Schools48%
Manila School District41%
Mansfield School District35%
Marion School District31%
Marked Tree School District42%
Marmaduke School District38%
Marvell School District0%
Mayflower School District30%
Maynard School District26%
McCrory School District45%
McGehee School District21%
Melbourne School District58%
Mena Public Schools42%
Midland School District29%
Mineral Springs School District9%
Monticello School District34%
Mount Ida School District50%
Mount Vernon-Enola School District42%
Mountain Home School District38%
Mountain Pine School District12%
Mountain View School District47%
Mountainburg Schools30%
Mulberry School District16%
Murfreesboro School District19%
Nashville School District33%
Nemo Vista School District49%
Nettleton School District38%
Nevada School District35%
Newport School District33%
Norfork Schools45%
North Little Rock School District30%
Omaha School District31%
Osceola School District11%
Ouachita River School District51%
Ouachita School District37%
Ozark Mountain School District34%
Ozark School District42%
Palestine-Wheatley School District29%
Pangburn School District33%
Paragould School District32%
Paris School District36%
Parkers Chapel School District51%
Pea Ridge School District41%
Perryville School District48%
Piggott School District31%
Pine Bluff School District15%
Pocahontas School District25%
Pottsville Public Schools52%
Poyen School District23%
Prairie Grove School District39%
Prescott School District21%
Pulaski County Special School District36%
Quitman School District40%
Rector School District23%
Riverside School District56%
Riverview School District36%
Rogers Public Schools46%
Rose Bud School District43%
Russellville Schools35%
Salem School District56%
Scranton School District79%
Searcy County School District45%
Searcy School District49%
Sheridan School District35%
Shirley School District27%
Siloam Springs Schools29%
Sloan-Hendrix School District26%
Smackover School District42%
South Conway County School District46%
South Mississippi County School District27%
South Side-Bee Branch School District18%
Southside School District31%
Spring Hill School District43%
Springdale School District34%
Star City School District18%
Strong School District19%
Stuttgart School District40%
Texarkana School District30%
Trumann Schools32%
Two Rivers School District32%
Valley Springs School District54%
Valley View School District62%
Van Buren School District29%
Vilonia School District40%
Viola School District48%
Waldron School District31%
Warren School District22%
Watson Chapel School District14%
West Fork School District33%
West Memphis School District19%
West Side School District64%
Western Yell County School District20%
Westside Consolidated School District22%
Westside School District33%
White County Central School District31%
White Hall School District48%
Wonderview School District32%
Woodlawn School District28%
Wynne Public Schools35%
Yellville-Summit School District36%

Source: Arkansas Department of Education




Number of Students Proficient in Grade 3 Reading
2017
Alma School District94
Alpena School District14
Arkadelphia School District57
Armorel School District16
Ashdown School District27
Atkins Public Schools28
Augusta School District3
Bald Knob School District25
Barton-Lexa School District15
Batesville School District87
Bauxite School District52
Bay School District12
Bearden School District9
Beebe School District77
Benton School District165
Bentonville Public Schools692
Bergman School District31
Berryville Public Schools45
Bismarck Public Schools31
Blevins School District15
Blytheville School District38
Booneville School District17
Bradford School District14
Brinkley School District9
Brookland School District115
Bryant Public Schools406
Buffalo Island Central School District30
Cabot Public Schools385
Caddo Hills School District20
Calico Rock School District5
Camden Fairview School District58
Carlisle School District17
Cave City School District29
Cedar Ridge School District11
Cedarville School District18
Centerpoint School District29
Charleston School District46
Clarendon School District12
Clarksville School District88
Cleveland County School District29
Clinton School District60
Concord Public Schools12
Conway Public Schools362
Corning Public Schools24
Cossatot River School District30
Cotter School District23
County Line School District15
Cross County School District16
Crossett School District34
Cutter-Morning Star School District12
Danville School District25
Dardanelle Public Schools68
De Queen School District88
Decatur School District9
Deer/Mount Judea School District5
Dermott School District2
Des Arc Public Schools18
DeWitt School District17
Dierks School District23
Dollarway School District5
Dover School District53
Drew Central School District12
Dumas School District24
Earle School District4
East End School District26
East Poinsett County School District23
El Dorado School District96
Elkins School District28
Emerson-Taylor School District55
England School District13
Eureka Springs School District21
Farmington School District85
Fayetteville School District450
Flippin School District20
Fordyce School District14
Foreman School District18
Forrest City School District27
Fort Smith Public Schools462
Fouke School District25
Fountain Lake School District42
Genoa Central School District36
Gentry Public Schools48
Glen Rose School District31
Gosnell School District40
Gravette School District52
Green Forest School District43
Greenbrier School District169
Greene County Technical School District119
Greenland Public Schools27
Greenwood School District129
Gurdon School District19
Guy-Perkins Schools4
Hackett Public Schools20
Hamburg School District40
Hampton School District6
Harmony Grove School District51
Harrisburg School District21
Harrison School District128
Hazen School District12
Heber Springs School District77
Hector School District20
Helena-West Helena School District17
Hermitage School District9
Highland School District42
Hillcrest School District15
Hope School District28
Horatio School District32
Hot Springs School District125
Hoxie School District13
Huntsville School District59
Izard Cty Consolidated Schools12
Jackson County School District28
Jasper School District16
Jessieville School District10
Jonesboro Public Schools118
Junction City School District13
Kirby School District10
Lafayette County School District9
Lake Hamilton School District148
Lakeside School District154
Lamar School District42
Lavaca Public Schools24
Lawrence County School District26
Lead Hill School District18
Lee County School District10
Lincoln School District31
Little Rock School District654
Lonoke School District25
Magazine Schools12
Magnet Cove School District14
Magnolia School District67
Malvern Special School District39
Mammoth Spring Schools11
Manila School District41
Mansfield School District17
Marion School District99
Marked Tree School District17
Marmaduke School District21
Marvell School District0
Mayflower School District24
Maynard School District7
McCrory School District22
McGehee School District19
Melbourne School District38
Mena Public Schools56
Midland School District13
Mineral Springs School District3
Monticello School District55
Mount Ida School District20
Mount Vernon-Enola School District18
Mountain Home School District117
Mountain Pine School District5
Mountain View School District55
Mountainburg Schools15
Mulberry School District5
Murfreesboro School District10
Nashville School District58
Nemo Vista School District19
Nettleton School District100
Nevada School District10
Newport School District30
Norfork Schools13
North Little Rock School District205
Omaha School District11
Osceola School District12
Ouachita River School District29
Ouachita School District17
Ozark Mountain School District20
Ozark School District66
Palestine-Wheatley School District16
Pangburn School District18
Paragould School District72
Paris School District34
Parkers Chapel School District36
Pea Ridge School District62
Perryville School District29
Piggott School District20
Pine Bluff School District46
Pocahontas School District34
Pottsville Public Schools76
Poyen School District9
Prairie Grove School District59
Prescott School District16
Pulaski County Special School District346
Quitman School District20
Rector School District10
Riverside School District37
Riverview School District27
Rogers Public Schools546
Rose Bud School District23
Russellville Schools152
Salem School District43
Scranton School District26
Searcy County School District27
Searcy School District173
Sheridan School District108
Shirley School District9
Siloam Springs Schools87
Sloan-Hendrix School District13
Smackover School District41
South Conway County School District72
South Mississippi County School District24
South Side-Bee Branch School District6
Southside School District42
Spring Hill School District12
Springdale School District574
Star City School District21
Strong School District4
Stuttgart School District49
Texarkana School District101
Trumann Schools47
Two Rivers School District23
Valley Springs School District37
Valley View School District142
Van Buren School District124
Vilonia School District89
Viola School District13
Waldron School District31
Warren School District31
Watson Chapel School District30
West Fork School District28
West Memphis School District91
West Side School District25
Western Yell County School District5
Westside Consolidated School District26
Westside School District19
White County Central School District19
White Hall School District100
Wonderview School District14
Woodlawn School District14
Wynne Public Schools76
Yellville-Summit School District21

Source: Arkansas Department of Education



STATE TREND

Increasing


37%

2017
1% = 378
Students

What does this measure?

The percentage of students scoring as proficient ("Ready" or "Exceeding") on the ACT Aspire 3rd grade reading exam.

Why is this important?

Early literacy skills are critical to a successful school experience. Third grade is considered an important milestone in a student's career in terms of reading proficiency and is correlated to whether a student will graduate high school.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2017, 37% of 3rd graders were proficient on the state exam, up 2 percentage points from 2016. Females outperformed males, with 40% of girls meeting proficiency, compared to 34% of boys. Economically disadvantaged students also had a lower proficiency rate at 29%.

In addition, there were racial and ethnic disparities, with 22% of black/African American students, 29% of Hispanic or Latino students, 42% of white students and 60% of Asian students achieving proficiency in 2017.

Scranton School District had the highest proficiency rate in 2017 at 79%, while a few district had rates of 0 or in the single digits. In the state's largest district, Little Rock, 32% of 3rd graders were proficient in 2017, even with 2016.

Notes about the data

As assessments vary among states, it is not possible to include comparable data for the nation or other areas in this indicator. Economically disadvantaged students are those who are eligible to receive free or reduced price lunches. Results for prior years are not comparable as the state adjusted the test.




Source: Arkansas Department of Education


Grade 3 Reading Proficiency
20162017
Arkansas35%37%

Source: Arkansas Department of Education




Number of Students Proficient in Grade 3 Reading
20162017
Arkansas13,23113,982

Source: Arkansas Department of Education






Source: Arkansas Department of Education


Grade 3 Reading Proficiency by Race/Ethnicity
American Indian/Alaska NativeAsianBlack/African AmericanHispanic or LatinoNative Hawaiian/Other Pacific IslanderNot CategorizedWhite
Arkansas31%60%22%29%16%23%42%

Source: Arkansas Department of Education




Grade 3 Reading Proficiency By Race/Ethnicity
American Indian/Alaska NativeAsianBlack/African AmericanHispanic or LatinoNative Hawaiian/Other Pacific IslanderNot CategorizedWhite
Arkansas2284761,8721,4185416411,526

Source: Arkansas Department of Education





Source: Arkansas Department of Education


Grade 3 Reading Proficiency by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas40%34%

Source: Arkansas Department of Education




The number of students tested who scored Ready or Exceeding on the Grade 3 ACT Aspire Reading exam by gender.
FemaleMale
Arkansas7,4266,536

Source: Arkansas Department of Education





Source: Arkansas Department of Education


Grade 3 Reading Proficiency by Student Subgroup
Economically Disadvantaged StudentsEnglish Language LearnersGifted StudentsMigrant StudentsStudents with Disabilities
Arkansas29%20%83%23%11%

Source: Arkansas Department of Education




Grade 3 Reading Proficiency by Student Subgroup.
Economically Disadvantaged StudentsEnglish Language LearnersGifted StudentsMigrant StudentsStudents with Disabilities
Arkansas7,0216932,29859465

Source: Arkansas Department of Education









INDICATORS TREND | STATE
Grade 3 Reading Increasing
Grade 8 Math Increasing
Graduation Rate Increasing
Remediation Rate Decreasing
Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Increasing
Infant Mortality Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Overweight or Obese Students Increasing
Student Drug Usage Decreasing
Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Increasing
Smoking Rate Decreasing
Flouridated Water Increasing
Insurance Coverage Rates Increasing
Oral Health Increasing
Life Expectancy Increasing
Routine Check-ups Increasing
Births to Teens Decreasing
Female-headed Households Increasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Elderly Living in Poverty Decreasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Unemployment Rate Maintaining
Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Access to Financial Services Not Applicable
Food Insecurity Decreasing
Incarceration Rate Increasing
Homelessness Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Housing Affordability - Owning Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Renting Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Charitable Giving Maintaining
Volunteering Decreasing
Group Participation Increasing
Connection to Neighbors Decreasing
Local Voting Decreasing
Change in Population Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age Not Applicable


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