Education
Grade 3 Reading
Source: Arkansas Department of Education
Grade 3 Reading Proficiency
2019
Alma School District39%
Alpena School District24%
Arkadelphia School District36%
Armorel School District67%
Ashdown School District49%
Atkins Public Schools37%
Augusta School District10%
Bald Knob School District25%
Barton-Lexa School District47%
Batesville School District37%
Bauxite School District37%
Bay School District29%
Bearden School District30%
Beebe School District36%
Benton School District47%
Bentonville Public Schools51%
Bergman School District47%
Berryville Public Schools30%
Bismarck Public Schools62%
Blevins School District18%
Blytheville School District11%
Booneville School District29%
Bradford School District28%
Brinkley School District9%
Brookland School District41%
Bryant Public Schools45%
Buffalo Island Central School District44%
Cabot Public Schools44%
Caddo Hills School District39%
Calico Rock School District31%
Camden Fairview School District27%
Carlisle School District31%
Cave City School District41%
Cedar Ridge School District34%
Cedarville School District44%
Centerpoint School District50%
Charleston School District36%
Clarendon School District15%
Clarksville School District33%
Cleveland County School District43%
Clinton School District63%
Concord Public Schools23%
Conway Public Schools45%
Corning Public Schools43%
Cossatot River School District32%
Cotter School District48%
County Line School District51%
Cross County School District38%
Crossett School District22%
Cutter-Morning Star School District31%
Danville School District45%
Dardanelle Public Schools38%
De Queen School District58%
Decatur School District36%
Deer/Mount Judea School District33%
Dermott School District23%
Des Arc Public Schools69%
DeWitt School District38%
Dierks School District37%
Dollarway School District11%
Dover School District49%
Drew Central School District25%
Dumas School District29%
Earle School District3%
East End School District48%
East Poinsett County School District40%
El Dorado School District37%
Elkins School District33%
Emerson-Taylor School District48%
England School District36%
Eureka Springs School District42%
Farmington School District58%
Fayetteville School District50%
Flippin School District32%
Fordyce School District34%
Foreman School District41%
Forrest City School District21%
Fort Smith Public Schools32%
Fouke School District32%
Fountain Lake School District41%
Genoa Central School District56%
Gentry Public Schools37%
Glen Rose School District46%
Gosnell School District42%
Gravette School District41%
Green Forest School District42%
Greenbrier School District55%
Greene County Technical School District39%
Greenland Public Schools48%
Greenwood School District52%
Gurdon School District46%
Guy-Perkins Schools14%
Hackett Public Schools42%
Hamburg School District30%
Hampton School District45%
Harmony Grove School District56%
Harrisburg School District31%
Harrison School District53%
Hazen School District40%
Heber Springs School District40%
Hector School District20%
Helena-West Helena School District28%
Hermitage School District45%
Highland School District38%
Hillcrest School District33%
Hope School District20%
Horatio School District57%
Hot Springs School District33%
Hoxie School District30%
Huntsville School District29%
Izard Cty Consolidated Schools51%
Jackson County School District52%
Jasper School District47%
Jessieville School District43%
Jonesboro Public Schools34%
Junction City School District16%
Kirby School District15%
Lafayette County School District8%
Lake Hamilton School District52%
Lakeside School District53%
Lamar School District43%
Lavaca Public Schools44%
Lawrence County School District46%
Lead Hill School District44%
Lee County School District11%
Lincoln School District36%
Little Rock School District31%
Lonoke School District40%
Magazine Schools34%
Magnet Cove School District38%
Magnolia School District29%
Malvern Special School District21%
Mammoth Spring Schools33%
Manila School District43%
Mansfield School District49%
Marion School District30%
Marked Tree School District41%
Marmaduke School District30%
Marvell School District5%
Mayflower School District28%
Maynard School District26%
McCrory School District69%
McGehee School District36%
Melbourne School District48%
Mena Public Schools32%
Midland School District40%
Mineral Springs School District25%
Monticello School District34%
Mount Ida School District58%
Mount Vernon-Enola School District45%
Mountain Home School District48%
Mountain Pine School District18%
Mountain View School District58%
Mountainburg Schools48%
Mulberry School District24%
Murfreesboro School District45%
Nashville School District48%
Nemo Vista School District53%
Nettleton School District31%
Nevada School District29%
Newport School District42%
Norfork Schools41%
North Little Rock School District29%
Omaha School District39%
Osceola School District18%
Ouachita River School District43%
Ouachita School District42%
Ozark Mountain School District23%
Ozark School District48%
Palestine-Wheatley School District44%
Pangburn School District45%
Paragould School District43%
Paris School District33%
Parkers Chapel School District60%
Pea Ridge School District44%
Perryville School District28%
Piggott School District31%
Pine Bluff School District13%
Pocahontas School District24%
Pottsville Public Schools65%
Poyen School District35%
Prairie Grove School District46%
Prescott School District18%
Pulaski County Special School District42%
Quitman School District38%
Rector School District24%
Riverside School District57%
Riverview School District15%
Rogers Public Schools48%
Rose Bud School District33%
Russellville Schools49%
Salem School District42%
Scranton School District59%
Searcy County School District46%
Searcy School District51%
Sheridan School District44%
Shirley School District39%
Siloam Springs Schools34%
Sloan-Hendrix School District35%
Smackover School District40%
South Conway County School District40%
South Mississippi County School District31%
South Side-Bee Branch School District44%
Southside School District36%
Spring Hill School District56%
Springdale School District31%
Star City School District29%
Strong School District4%
Stuttgart School District23%
Texarkana School District27%
Trumann Schools36%
Two Rivers School District31%
Valley Springs School District56%
Valley View School District59%
Van Buren School District34%
Vilonia School District47%
Viola School District63%
Waldron School District29%
Warren School District20%
Watson Chapel School District22%
West Fork School District19%
West Memphis School District22%
West Side School District38%
Western Yell County School District10%
Westside Consolidated School District44%
Westside School District29%
White County Central School District45%
White Hall School District56%
Wonderview School District35%
Woodlawn School District45%
Wynne Public Schools30%
Yellville-Summit School District34%

Source: Arkansas Department of Education




Number of Students Proficient in Grade 3 Reading
2019
Alma School District255
Alpena School District45
Arkadelphia School District130
Armorel School District18
Ashdown School District103
Atkins Public Schools76
Augusta School District29
Bald Knob School District104
Barton-Lexa School District55
Batesville School District230
Bauxite School District113
Bay School District42
Bearden School District37
Beebe School District239
Benton School District417
Bentonville Public Schools1,398
Bergman School District76
Berryville Public Schools126
Bismarck Public Schools66
Blevins School District45
Blytheville School District166
Booneville School District94
Bradford School District32
Brinkley School District45
Brookland School District222
Bryant Public Schools684
Buffalo Island Central School District61
Cabot Public Schools762
Caddo Hills School District31
Calico Rock School District39
Camden Fairview School District180
Carlisle School District51
Cave City School District76
Cedar Ridge School District50
Cedarville School District48
Centerpoint School District72
Charleston School District66
Clarendon School District34
Clarksville School District209
Cleveland County School District49
Clinton School District84
Concord Public Schools43
Conway Public Schools785
Corning Public Schools72
Cossatot River School District74
Cotter School District58
County Line School District39
Cross County School District39
Crossett School District125
Cutter-Morning Star School District45
Danville School District65
Dardanelle Public Schools179
De Queen School District173
Decatur School District42
Deer/Mount Judea School District18
Dermott School District31
Des Arc Public Schools39
DeWitt School District103
Dierks School District43
Dollarway School District79
Dover School District97
Drew Central School District77
Dumas School District86
Earle School District33
East End School District54
East Poinsett County School District48
El Dorado School District315
Elkins School District76
Emerson-Taylor School District75
England School District50
Eureka Springs School District53
Farmington School District198
Fayetteville School District794
Flippin School District65
Fordyce School District58
Foreman School District39
Forrest City School District175
Fort Smith Public Schools1,137
Fouke School District78
Fountain Lake School District100
Genoa Central School District100
Gentry Public Schools87
Glen Rose School District82
Gosnell School District97
Gravette School District148
Green Forest School District97
Greenbrier School District261
Greene County Technical School District252
Greenland Public Schools54
Greenwood School District289
Gurdon School District35
Guy-Perkins Schools22
Hackett Public Schools48
Hamburg School District130
Hampton School District40
Harmony Grove School District88
Harrisburg School District93
Harrison School District190
Hazen School District52
Heber Springs School District136
Hector School District54
Helena-West Helena School District98
Hermitage School District31
Highland School District117
Hillcrest School District27
Hope School District185
Horatio School District54
Hot Springs School District278
Hoxie School District44
Huntsville School District191
Izard Cty Consolidated Schools35
Jackson County School District61
Jasper School District43
Jessieville School District58
Jonesboro Public Schools488
Junction City School District45
Kirby School District20
Lafayette County School District51
Lake Hamilton School District324
Lakeside School District245
Lamar School District99
Lavaca Public Schools52
Lawrence County School District76
Lead Hill School District25
Lee County School District38
Lincoln School District76
Little Rock School District1,801
Lonoke School District117
Magazine Schools32
Magnet Cove School District55
Magnolia School District196
Malvern Special School District147
Mammoth Spring Schools40
Manila School District68
Mansfield School District47
Marion School District280
Marked Tree School District32
Marmaduke School District43
Marvell School District21
Mayflower School District85
Maynard School District46
McCrory School District39
McGehee School District96
Melbourne School District64
Mena Public Schools137
Midland School District42
Mineral Springs School District32
Monticello School District146
Mount Ida School District36
Mount Vernon-Enola School District33
Mountain Home School District274
Mountain Pine School District38
Mountain View School District132
Mountainburg Schools52
Mulberry School District37
Murfreesboro School District49
Nashville School District142
Nemo Vista School District36
Nettleton School District264
Nevada School District34
Newport School District84
Norfork Schools27
North Little Rock School District607
Omaha School District28
Osceola School District89
Ouachita River School District56
Ouachita School District31
Ozark Mountain School District39
Ozark School District121
Palestine-Wheatley School District71
Pangburn School District51
Paragould School District230
Paris School District78
Parkers Chapel School District60
Pea Ridge School District153
Perryville School District69
Piggott School District72
Pine Bluff School District244
Pocahontas School District160
Pottsville Public Schools139
Poyen School District37
Prairie Grove School District144
Prescott School District71
Pulaski County Special School District849
Quitman School District50
Rector School District42
Riverside School District65
Riverview School District105
Rogers Public Schools1,202
Rose Bud School District49
Russellville Schools371
Salem School District71
Scranton School District34
Searcy County School District46
Searcy School District321
Sheridan School District314
Shirley School District18
Siloam Springs Schools301
Sloan-Hendrix School District48
Smackover School District83
South Conway County School District157
South Mississippi County School District80
South Side-Bee Branch School District43
Southside School District148
Spring Hill School District41
Springdale School District1,672
Star City School District128
Strong School District23
Stuttgart School District128
Texarkana School District343
Trumann Schools109
Two Rivers School District48
Valley Springs School District45
Valley View School District228
Van Buren School District467
Vilonia School District244
Viola School District24
Waldron School District102
Warren School District129
Watson Chapel School District158
West Fork School District72
West Memphis School District413
West Side School District24
Western Yell County School District21
Westside Consolidated School District124
Westside School District45
White County Central School District47
White Hall School District191
Wonderview School District46
Woodlawn School District31
Wynne Public Schools182
Yellville-Summit School District67

Source: Arkansas Department of Education



STATE TREND

Increasing


38%

2019
1% = 942
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 2019, 38% of 3rd graders were proficient on the state exam, similar to 2018. Females outperformed males, with 41% of girls meeting proficiency, compared to 36% of boys. Economically disadvantaged students also had a lower proficiency rate at 30%.

In addition, there were racial and ethnic disparities, with 22% of black/African American students, 28% of Hispanic or Latino students, 43% of white students and 56% of Asian students achieving proficiency in 2019.

McCrory School District had the highest proficiency rate in 2019 at 69%, while a few districts had rates in the single digits. In the state's largest district, Little Rock, 31% of 3rd graders were proficient in 2019.

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
2016201720182019
Arkansas35%37%38%38%

Source: Arkansas Department of Education




Number of Students Proficient in Grade 3 Reading
2016201720182019
Arkansas37,69537,79037,07236,074

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
Arkansas34%56%22%28%15%26%43%

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
Arkansas

Source: Arkansas Department of Education





Source: Arkansas Department of Education


Grade 3 Reading Proficiency by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas41%36%

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
Arkansas

Source: Arkansas Department of Education





Source: Arkansas Department of Education


Grade 3 Reading Proficiency by Student Subgroup
Economically Disadvantaged StudentsEnglish Language LearnersGifted StudentsHomelessIn Foster CareMigrant StudentsParent in MilitarySection 504Students with Disabilities
Arkansas30%16%86%25%27%21%46%24%12%

Source: Arkansas Department of Education




Grade 3 Reading Proficiency by Student Subgroup.
Economically Disadvantaged StudentsEnglish Language LearnersGifted StudentsHomelessIn Foster CareMigrant StudentsParent in MilitarySection 504Students with Disabilities
Arkansas

Source: Arkansas Department of Education









INDICATORS TREND | STATE
Access to Quality Seats for Infants and Toddlers Increasing
Access to Quality Childcare Seats for Preschoolers Maintaining
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
Adults Pursuing Further Education Decreasing
Infant Mortality Maintaining
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Overweight or Obese Students Maintaining
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 Decreasing
Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Access to Financial Services Decreasing
Food Insecurity Decreasing
Incarceration Rate Increasing
Homelessness Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Housing Affordability - Owning Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Renting Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Charitable Giving Increasing
Volunteering Increasing
Group Participation Increasing
Connection to Neighbors Decreasing
Local Voting Not Applicable
Change in Population Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age Not Applicable


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