AR-GLR is a collaboration of state and local nonprofits, parents and families, government agencies, foundations, educators, business leaders, and policymakers committed to the goal that all Arkansas children will read at grade-level by the end of third grade.
Education research recognizes that reading proficiency by the end of third grade enables students to shift from learning to read to reading to learn and to master more complex subject matter they encounter in fourth grade. Most students who fail to reach this critical milestone falter in later grades and often drop out before earning a high school diploma. Approximately 69% of Arkansas fourth graders are not proficient readers, according to national reading assessment data.
Although schools must be accountable for helping all children achieve, providing effective teaching for all children in every classroom, AR-GLR is based on the belief that schools cannot succeed alone. To assure student success, we also need communities mobilized to remove barriers, expand opportunities, and assist parents in fulfilling their roles and responsibilities as full partners in the success of their children.
AR-GLR works collaboratively to make a meaningful impact in four areas:
The Campaign is supported by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, the Arkansas Community Foundation and the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. AR-GLR is part of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a national collaborative of foundations, nonprofit partners, states, and communities committed to increasing third-grade reading proficiency.
To learn more about AR-GLR, check out the Campaign’s solution areas – Bright Spots, Community Solutions Initiative, Make Every Day Count, Policy, and Strategic Communications. For additional information, please contact us.