Tools you can use

Grade-Level Reading

Because I Can Read, I Can Reach My Full Potential

Early literacy success is critical to future reading and academic success of Arkansas students.

Raising Arkansas’s Readers

Watch this program to learn what our state must do to achieve reading proficiency for all Arkansas children by the end of third grade. 

Statisticks Lottery

We must close the opportunity gap that leaves far too many low-income children behind in school. 

Full Speed Ahead: 2018 Progress Report on Grade-Level Reading In Arkansas

In this report, we share the progress that has been made in building the Campaign, detail milestones and measures used to track progress in areas including kindergarten readiness, third grade reading, and chronic absence, and outline a call to action for families, educators, business leaders and policymakers. 


Full Speed Ahead: 2017 Progress Report on Grade-Level Reading In Arkansas

In this report, we share the progress that has been made in building the Campaign, detail milestones and measures used to track progress in areas including kindergarten readiness, third grade reading, and chronic absence, and outline a call to action for families, educators, business leaders and policymakers. 


Opportunities to Promote Early Learning and Grade-Level Reading in Arkansas's ESSA Plan

In this report, AR-GLR and AACF present opportunities the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) may provide Arkansas’s students and schools in high-quality early childhood education (ECE) and out-of-school learning.


What Schools Need to Succeed: A Look At Three Schools

This report tells the story of three schools: Marvell-Elaine Elementary, Anna Strong Intermediate, and Jones Elementary. Each one has a high percentage of poor students. But their similarities end there. The schools have varying levels of support from their communities, and have experienced varied levels of success as a result.


The State of Learning Disabilities

This report by the National Center for Learning Disabilities provides an overview of what learning disabilities are and seeks to understand how Americans with learning disabilities are functioning today in schools, colleges and workplaces.


Dyslexia Resource Guide August 2014

This guide clarifies the Arkansas Department of Education Rules Governing How to Meet the Needs of Children with Dyslexia related to the assessment, identification, and services for these students.



Reading to Learn: The Importance of Reading by the End of Third Grade in Arkansas

Data compiled in this report shows how third-grade reading is a critical factor in determining the future of Arkansas students in graduating from high school and succeeding in college and the workforce.


Don't Dys Our Kids: Dyslexia and the Quest for Grade-Level Reading Proficiency

This report commissioned by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, in partnership with the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, examines the connections between teaching children with dyslexia to read and improving reading proficiency among all children.


Early Warning Confirmed: A Research Update on Third Grade Reading

A follow-up to "Early Warning! Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters," this report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation supports the link between reading proficiency and broader social consequences.


Early Warning! Why Reading by the End of the Third Grade Matters

This KIDS COUNT report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows millions of American children get to fourth grade without learning to read proficiently, placing them at risk of dropping out of high school. The ability to read is critical to a child’s success in school, life-long earning potential and their ability to contribute to the nation’s economy and security.


Double Jeopardy: How Third-Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation

This report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that children who do not read proficiently in third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school than proficient readers.


2020 Milestones

To achieve our overall goal of all children reading on grade-level by the end of third grade, we have collectively established a series of milestones that we believe will set us on the right course. For each measure, we have presented a baseline number and a goal for 2020. In the case of high school graduation and ACT scores, we have set milestones for 2030, as it will take about ten years for 3rd graders in 2020 to reach their senior year in high school.

Parent Engagement

Because of You, I Can Reach My Full Potential

Parents and caregivers play a critical role in ensuring third-grade reading success. 

Springdale Family Literacy Project

Learn how parents in Springdale, Arkansas are strengthening their English skills and supporting their children’s education.

Parent's Guide to Common Core State Standards

Check out this parent and community leaders guide on the Common Core State Standards from Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families.


Partners in Education: A Dual Capacity Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships

For schools and districts across the U.S., family engagement is rapidly shifting from a low-priority recommendation to an integral part of education reform efforts, according to a report funded by the U.S. Department of Education.


National Standards for Family-School Partnerships

This report from the National Parent Teacher Association affirms that when families are involved in their children’s learning both at home and at school, their children perform better in school. 


Helping Your Child Succeed in School

This report from the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families details actions parents can take at home, in their local schools, at the school district level, and on the state level to ensure their children have access to a fair, high-quality education.

School Readiness

Find high-quality pre-K in Arkansas: I know you want the best for me. Thanks, mom!

When children have early learning opportunities, they are better prepared to reach the critical goal of reading proficiently by third grade.

Because I'm Learning Now, I'll Be Ready for Kindergarten Later

When children enter school ready to learn, they are more likely to succeed in school.

Arkansas Better Chance - Ouachita Child Enrichment Preschool

Children at the Ouachita Child Enrichment ABC Preschool in Camden develop a love of reading and are prepared for kindergarten.

Pre-K’s Impact in Beebe

Teachers in Beebe know that children who have pre-K opportunities have a strong start to kindergarten. 

A Concord Dad’s Pre-K Story

A Concord parent shares how pre-K has made a difference for his family and the children in his life.

Businesses Value the Importance of Pre-K in Bentonville

In Bentonville, a small business owner voices his support for pre-K as an investment in Arkansas’s future workforce and a critical resource for working families.

What Do Our Littlest Learners Need To Be School-Ready?

This report outlines the factors that impact school readiness in the first three years of life such as ensuring that infants and toddlers have access to quality healthcare, quality early education programs, early developmental screenings and strong parental engagement. 


School Readiness: The Importance of Childhood Screenings in Arkansas

Read Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families and the Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading's report on how early childhood developmental screenings will help Arkansas children.


Parents’ Guide to Pre-K Advocacy

This guide details how parents and guardians can be the best advocates for their children.


Arkansas Better Chance Shrinks Gap in Kindergarten Readiness for Economically Disadvantaged Students

One of the most persistent challenges in education is the achievement gap between children from affluent families and economically disadvantaged households. A brief from the Arkansas Research Center explores how early childhood education can narrow the achievement gap.


Pre-K: Access to Success in Arkansas

The report by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families makes the case that investments in Arkansas pre-K programs are helping our students perform better once they reach kindergarten and beyond.


The State of Preschool 2013

The National Institute for Early Education Research’s 2013 Yearbook presents data on state-funded pre-K during the 2012-2013 school year and documents a decade of progress. 


Arkansas Better Chance Helps Students Start Kindergarten Ready


This report by the Arkansas Research Center demonstrates how the state’s preschool program helps prepare children for educational success.


Because I Don't Miss School, I Can Keep Up

Consistent school attendance is an important factor in achieving grade-level reading proficiency. 

Providing Accessible Health Care at School

Watch how a school-based health center in rural Arkansas helps keeps children healthy and in the classroom. 

Attendance Awareness Month on the Radio

Dr. Sherece West-Scantlebury, Mexican Consul David Manuel Preciado Juarez, and Al “Papa Rap” Lopez remind students to attend school in these radio PSAs.

How School Discipline Policies Affect Chronic Absenteeism

Chronic absences add up—and school discipline practices can make the problem better, or worse.


Make Every Day Count: Reducing Chronic Absence in Arkansas Schools


Student Success Plan (English)

My child's attendance goals


Student Success Plan (en Español)

Los objetivos de asistencia de mi hijo


Student Success Plan (Marshallese)

Kõttõbar eo an ajri eo nejũ ñan pãd ilo jikuul


Tiered Strategies to Reduce Chronic Absence

This handout is intended to help a school or district address chronic absence and think about alignment between its strategies and level of student need.


Make Every Day Count Parent Handout (English)

Help Your Child Succeed in School: Build the Habit of Good Attendance Early 


Make Every Day Count Parent Handout (Spanish)

Ayude a su hijo a tener éxito en la escuela: Creando el hábito de buena asistencia a temprana edad 


Make Every Day Count Parent Handout (Marshallese)

Jiban Ajiri eo Najum Bwe en Tobrak an Jikuul: Jino Kaaamineneiki juon habit emman bwe en ijjino kin Bed ilo Jikin Jikuul Aolep Raan 


Make Every Day Count Business & Community Poster

Businesses, nonprofits, and other community organizations can use this poster to show their support for school attendance.   


An Overview of School District Discipline Statistics in the Arkansas School Districts, 2010-2013

This report from the Office of Education Policy at the University of Arkansas shows disparities in the rates of discipline across different demographic subgroups of students.


Keeping Kids in Class: Fixing Racial Disparities in School Discipline

This report from Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families demonstrates how Arkansas schools rely far too often on disciplinary approaches that keep too many of our students out of school, limiting their opportunity to learn. 


State Policy Brief: The Attendance Imperative

States around the country are establishing policies to measure and reduce chronic absence. 


Present, Engaged and Accounted For: The Critical Importance of Addressing Chronic Absence in the Early Grades

This report from the National Center for Children in Poverty highlights the critical importance of chronic early absence with data and emerging insights about its effects on children’s success.

Summer Learning

Because I Learn During the Summer, I’m Ready for School in the Fall

Summer learning opportunities help ensure children retain their skills when school lets out. 

Summer Fun and Learning at Marvell-Elaine Reads

 At the Marvell-Elaine Reads summer day camp, local children participate in literacy-building activities and fun.

Radio PSA on Summer Learning with Mitch Breitweiser

A comic book illustrator for Marvel Comics highlights the importance of summer learning.  

Summer Learning Matters in Arkansas

The Afterschool Alliance's "America After 3PM" initiative released a new infographic illustrating the demand, need, and support for summer learning programs in Arkansas. For example. 77% of Arkansas parents says it's important for their child to have summer activities to help them learn. 


Accelerating Achievement Through Summer Learning

A report from the National Summer Learning Association, funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, offers a comprehensive resource for program providers, education leaders, policymakers, and funders who are making important decisions about whether and how to strengthen and expand summer learning programs as a way to accelerate student achievement.


Afterschool is Key

This report from the Arkansas Out of School Network summarizes the latest research on afterschool and summer programs, outlines the 2008 findings and recommendations from the Arkansas Governor’s Task Force on Best Practices for After School and Summer Programs, and highlights the lessons learned from applying quality standards and evaluation techniques on existing programs in Arkansas.


Moving Summer Forward: A Strategic Roadmap for Funding in Tough Times

This guide from the National Summer Learning Association and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation discusses how to leverage public and private funding to create and sustain summer learning programs. 


A New Vision for Summer School

The report from the National Summer Learning Association offers best practices on how districts can use existing funding to make summer learning programs an essential school reform strategy.


Making Summer Count: How Summer Programs Can Boost Children’s Learning

The summer slide takes its biggest toll on students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, contributing substantially to the achievement gap. This RAND study finds evidence that summer programs can make a difference.