New Progress Report: Full Speed Ahead

Each year, we release a report to share the progress made toward the Campaign’s goals, detailing accountability milestones used to track our key impact areas. We are excited to release Full Speed Ahead: 2018 Progress Report on Grade-Level Reading in Arkansas.

The report includes progress on key milestones and goals, new bright spots detailing statewide and community accomplishments, and more. Some highlights include: full speed ahead 2018

  • The number of Early Head Start and Head Start slots with a Tier 3 Better Beginnings rating increased from 1,033 for Early Head Start and 5,203 for Head Start in 2014-2015 to 1,394 and 6,218, respectively, in 2016-2017.
  • Children receiving books through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library increased from 16,000 per month in 2016 to 20,000 per month in 2017.
  • Third-grade students meeting the reading readiness benchmark on the ACT Aspire assessment increased from 35 percent in 2015-2016 to 37 percent in 2016-2017.
  • Arkansas included chronic absence as an indicator in their state accountability plan for the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act.

We have made significant progress so far toward our goals, but we still have work to do. Our partners across the state are working hard in each of our impact areas to improve grade-level literacy rates. From reducing chronic absenteeism rates to preventing the summer slide, everyone has a role to play in ensuring that all Arkansas students can read on grade-level by the end of third grade.  

Read the full report here.