Education
Grade 3 Reading
Source: Arkansas Department of Education
Grade 3 Reading Proficiency
2018
Alma School District42%
Alpena School District38%
Arkadelphia School District27%
Armorel School District53%
Ashdown School District37%
Atkins Public Schools42%
Augusta School District14%
Bald Knob School District35%
Barton-Lexa School District45%
Batesville School District40%
Bauxite School District35%
Bay School District28%
Bearden School District22%
Beebe School District37%
Benton School District48%
Bentonville Public Schools57%
Bergman School District43%
Berryville Public Schools30%
Bismarck Public Schools48%
Blevins School District33%
Blytheville School District13%
Booneville School District25%
Bradford School District19%
Brinkley School District16%
Brookland School District50%
Bryant Public Schools52%
Buffalo Island Central School District35%
Cabot Public Schools47%
Caddo Hills School District30%
Calico Rock School District27%
Camden Fairview School District23%
Carlisle School District38%
Cave City School District32%
Cedar Ridge School District26%
Cedarville School District43%
Centerpoint School District37%
Charleston School District47%
Clarendon School District13%
Clarksville School District33%
Cleveland County School District29%
Clinton School District50%
Concord Public Schools26%
Conway Public Schools43%
Corning Public Schools42%
Cossatot River School District40%
Cotter School District47%
County Line School District38%
Cross County School District42%
Crossett School District21%
Cutter-Morning Star School District18%
Danville School District42%
Dardanelle Public Schools44%
De Queen School District48%
Decatur School District26%
Deer/Mount Judea School District27%
Dermott School District14%
Des Arc Public Schools47%
DeWitt School District42%
Dierks School District37%
Dollarway School District11%
Dover School District49%
Drew Central School District17%
Dumas School District26%
Earle School District4%
East End School District41%
East Poinsett County School District36%
El Dorado School District34%
Elkins School District40%
Emerson-Taylor School District55%
England School District29%
Eureka Springs School District25%
Farmington School District61%
Fayetteville School District49%
Flippin School District34%
Fordyce School District35%
Foreman School District34%
Forrest City School District13%
Fort Smith Public Schools35%
Fouke School District25%
Fountain Lake School District29%
Genoa Central School District53%
Gentry Public Schools33%
Glen Rose School District23%
Gosnell School District28%
Gravette School District46%
Green Forest School District32%
Greenbrier School District47%
Greene County Technical School District34%
Greenland Public Schools40%
Greenwood School District51%
Gurdon School District13%
Guy-Perkins Schools32%
Hackett Public Schools35%
Hamburg School District31%
Hampton School District22%
Harmony Grove School District41%
Harrisburg School District48%
Harrison School District51%
Hazen School District26%
Heber Springs School District57%
Hector School District30%
Helena-West Helena School District18%
Hermitage School District26%
Highland School District43%
Hillcrest School District50%
Hope School District26%
Horatio School District47%
Hot Springs School District34%
Hoxie School District41%
Huntsville School District36%
Izard Cty Consolidated Schools21%
Jackson County School District46%
Jasper School District24%
Jessieville School District31%
Jonesboro Public Schools32%
Junction City School District24%
Kirby School District31%
Lafayette County School District22%
Lake Hamilton School District44%
Lakeside School District54%
Lamar School District42%
Lavaca Public Schools49%
Lawrence County School District39%
Lead Hill School District43%
Lee County School District13%
Lincoln School District34%
Little Rock School District32%
Lonoke School District32%
Magazine Schools27%
Magnet Cove School District40%
Magnolia School District32%
Malvern Special School District25%
Mammoth Spring Schools67%
Manila School District36%
Mansfield School District36%
Marion School District33%
Marked Tree School District33%
Marmaduke School District34%
Marvell School District14%
Mayflower School District23%
Maynard School District35%
McCrory School District40%
McGehee School District27%
Melbourne School District57%
Mena Public Schools46%
Midland School District19%
Mineral Springs School District18%
Monticello School District28%
Mount Ida School District41%
Mount Vernon-Enola School District50%
Mountain Home School District45%
Mountain Pine School District22%
Mountain View School District53%
Mountainburg Schools35%
Mulberry School District30%
Murfreesboro School District43%
Nashville School District42%
Nemo Vista School District52%
Nettleton School District32%
Nevada School District31%
Newport School District31%
Norfork Schools64%
North Little Rock School District31%
Omaha School District43%
Osceola School District18%
Ouachita River School District47%
Ouachita School District50%
Ozark Mountain School District29%
Ozark School District48%
Palestine-Wheatley School District56%
Pangburn School District36%
Paragould School District33%
Paris School District40%
Parkers Chapel School District55%
Pea Ridge School District47%
Perryville School District51%
Piggott School District30%
Pine Bluff School District16%
Pocahontas School District25%
Pottsville Public Schools64%
Poyen School District33%
Prairie Grove School District41%
Prescott School District23%
Pulaski County Special School District40%
Quitman School District47%
Rector School District41%
Riverside School District38%
Riverview School District29%
Rogers Public Schools45%
Rose Bud School District47%
Russellville Schools42%
Salem School District47%
Scranton School District58%
Searcy County School District44%
Searcy School District47%
Sheridan School District37%
Shirley School District13%
Siloam Springs Schools38%
Sloan-Hendrix School District17%
Smackover School District35%
South Conway County School District39%
South Mississippi County School District31%
South Side-Bee Branch School District43%
Southside School District33%
Spring Hill School District53%
Springdale School District30%
Star City School District27%
Strong School District0%
Stuttgart School District31%
Texarkana School District32%
Trumann Schools24%
Two Rivers School District44%
Valley Springs School District68%
Valley View School District60%
Van Buren School District32%
Vilonia School District43%
Viola School District55%
Waldron School District38%
Warren School District30%
Watson Chapel School District11%
West Fork School District33%
West Memphis School District23%
West Side School District56%
Western Yell County School District13%
Westside Consolidated School District34%
Westside School District22%
White County Central School District25%
White Hall School District47%
Wonderview School District25%
Woodlawn School District41%
Wynne Public Schools38%
Yellville-Summit School District31%

Source: Arkansas Department of Education




Number of Students Proficient in Grade 3 Reading
2018
Alma School District90
Alpena School District16
Arkadelphia School District37
Armorel School District19
Ashdown School District41
Atkins Public Schools31
Augusta School District4
Bald Knob School District27
Barton-Lexa School District21
Batesville School District102
Bauxite School District46
Bay School District14
Bearden School District8
Beebe School District100
Benton School District195
Bentonville Public Schools780
Bergman School District39
Berryville Public Schools45
Bismarck Public Schools34
Blevins School District12
Blytheville School District23
Booneville School District23
Bradford School District8
Brinkley School District6
Brookland School District95
Bryant Public Schools386
Buffalo Island Central School District21
Cabot Public Schools350
Caddo Hills School District14
Calico Rock School District7
Camden Fairview School District49
Carlisle School District14
Cave City School District29
Cedar Ridge School District15
Cedarville School District24
Centerpoint School District29
Charleston School District33
Clarendon School District5
Clarksville School District76
Cleveland County School District18
Clinton School District46
Concord Public Schools9
Conway Public Schools330
Corning Public Schools30
Cossatot River School District31
Cotter School District28
County Line School District17
Cross County School District15
Crossett School District30
Cutter-Morning Star School District9
Danville School District22
Dardanelle Public Schools77
De Queen School District96
Decatur School District14
Deer/Mount Judea School District6
Dermott School District4
Des Arc Public Schools17
DeWitt School District36
Dierks School District17
Dollarway School District9
Dover School District46
Drew Central School District15
Dumas School District24
Earle School District2
East End School District20
East Poinsett County School District18
El Dorado School District114
Elkins School District36
Emerson-Taylor School District49
England School District15
Eureka Springs School District13
Farmington School District111
Fayetteville School District352
Flippin School District21
Fordyce School District23
Foreman School District10
Forrest City School District23
Fort Smith Public Schools373
Fouke School District19
Fountain Lake School District31
Genoa Central School District49
Gentry Public Schools36
Glen Rose School District15
Gosnell School District27
Gravette School District64
Green Forest School District32
Greenbrier School District123
Greene County Technical School District94
Greenland Public Schools21
Greenwood School District144
Gurdon School District6
Guy-Perkins Schools10
Hackett Public Schools19
Hamburg School District42
Hampton School District10
Harmony Grove School District38
Harrisburg School District51
Harrison School District98
Hazen School District12
Heber Springs School District73
Hector School District14
Helena-West Helena School District17
Hermitage School District10
Highland School District64
Hillcrest School District19
Hope School District48
Horatio School District26
Hot Springs School District106
Hoxie School District25
Huntsville School District54
Izard Cty Consolidated Schools7
Jackson County School District34
Jasper School District13
Jessieville School District21
Jonesboro Public Schools165
Junction City School District11
Kirby School District8
Lafayette County School District10
Lake Hamilton School District155
Lakeside School District126
Lamar School District45
Lavaca Public Schools33
Lawrence County School District28
Lead Hill School District10
Lee County School District8
Lincoln School District23
Little Rock School District596
Lonoke School District40
Magazine Schools10
Magnet Cove School District25
Magnolia School District79
Malvern Special School District43
Mammoth Spring Schools18
Manila School District26
Mansfield School District18
Marion School District89
Marked Tree School District13
Marmaduke School District20
Marvell School District4
Mayflower School District16
Maynard School District12
McCrory School District19
McGehee School District24
Melbourne School District35
Mena Public Schools56
Midland School District7
Mineral Springs School District6
Monticello School District42
Mount Ida School District13
Mount Vernon-Enola School District16
Mountain Home School District124
Mountain Pine School District11
Mountain View School District70
Mountainburg Schools14
Mulberry School District9
Murfreesboro School District25
Nashville School District55
Nemo Vista School District13
Nettleton School District85
Nevada School District8
Newport School District25
Norfork Schools16
North Little Rock School District209
Omaha School District15
Osceola School District17
Ouachita River School District28
Ouachita School District17
Ozark Mountain School District12
Ozark School District73
Palestine-Wheatley School District29
Pangburn School District17
Paragould School District86
Paris School District24
Parkers Chapel School District36
Pea Ridge School District70
Perryville School District36
Piggott School District14
Pine Bluff School District40
Pocahontas School District43
Pottsville Public Schools89
Poyen School District12
Prairie Grove School District64
Prescott School District16
Pulaski County Special School District382
Quitman School District24
Rector School District15
Riverside School District25
Riverview School District35
Rogers Public Schools566
Rose Bud School District25
Russellville Schools185
Salem School District28
Scranton School District22
Searcy County School District28
Searcy School District173
Sheridan School District116
Shirley School District3
Siloam Springs Schools121
Sloan-Hendrix School District7
Smackover School District25
South Conway County School District77
South Mississippi County School District27
South Side-Bee Branch School District12
Southside School District55
Spring Hill School District24
Springdale School District539
Star City School District31
Strong School District0
Stuttgart School District39
Texarkana School District114
Trumann Schools32
Two Rivers School District31
Valley Springs School District38
Valley View School District125
Van Buren School District147
Vilonia School District103
Viola School District16
Waldron School District47
Warren School District35
Watson Chapel School District20
West Fork School District23
West Memphis School District96
West Side School District18
Western Yell County School District3
Westside Consolidated School District51
Westside School District11
White County Central School District15
White Hall School District111
Wonderview School District9
Woodlawn School District16
Wynne Public Schools75
Yellville-Summit School District16

Source: Arkansas Department of Education



STATE TREND

Increasing


38%

2018
1% = 371
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 2018, 38% of 3rd graders were proficient on the state exam, up 3 percentage points from 2016. Females outperformed males, with 41% of girls meeting proficiency, compared to 35% of boys. Economically disadvantaged students also had a lower proficiency rate at 30%.

In addition, there were racial and ethnic disparities, with 21% of black/African American students, 29% of Hispanic or Latino students, 43% of white students and 57% of Asian students achieving proficiency in 2018.

Responsive Ed Solutions NW Arkansas Classical Academy had the highest proficiency rate in 2018 at 74%, while a few districts had rates of 0 or in the single digits. In the state's largest district, Little Rock, 32% of 3rd graders were proficient in 2018, 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
201620172018
Arkansas35%37%38%

Source: Arkansas Department of Education




Number of Students Proficient in Grade 3 Reading
201620172018
Arkansas13,23113,98214,001

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
Arkansas33%57%21%29%16%24%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
Arkansas2464581,6521,4696120111,579

Source: Arkansas Department of Education





Source: Arkansas Department of Education


Grade 3 Reading Proficiency by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas41%35%

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
Arkansas7,3786,677

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 StudentsStudents with Disabilities
Arkansas30%18%84%27%27%17%12%

Source: Arkansas Department of Education




Grade 3 Reading Proficiency by Student Subgroup.
Economically Disadvantaged StudentsEnglish Language LearnersGifted StudentsHomelessIn Foster CareMigrant StudentsStudents with Disabilities
Arkansas6,8756512,2582374547542

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
Infant Mortality Decreasing
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 Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Owning Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Renting Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Charitable Giving Increasing
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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