Education
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 District99
Alpena School District11
Arkadelphia School District47
Armorel School District12
Ashdown School District50
Atkins Public Schools28
Augusta School District3
Bald Knob School District26
Barton-Lexa School District26
Batesville School District84
Bauxite School District42
Bay School District12
Bearden School District11
Beebe School District86
Benton School District197
Bentonville Public Schools719
Bergman School District36
Berryville Public Schools38
Bismarck Public Schools41
Blevins School District8
Blytheville School District19
Booneville School District27
Bradford School District9
Brinkley School District4
Brookland School District92
Bryant Public Schools311
Buffalo Island Central School District27
Cabot Public Schools336
Caddo Hills School District12
Calico Rock School District12
Camden Fairview School District48
Carlisle School District16
Cave City School District31
Cedar Ridge School District17
Cedarville School District21
Centerpoint School District36
Charleston School District24
Clarendon School District5
Clarksville School District68
Cleveland County School District21
Clinton School District53
Concord Public Schools10
Conway Public Schools354
Corning Public Schools31
Cossatot River School District24
Cotter School District28
County Line School District20
Cross County School District15
Crossett School District27
Cutter-Morning Star School District14
Danville School District29
Dardanelle Public Schools68
De Queen School District101
Decatur School District15
Deer/Mount Judea School District6
Dermott School District7
Des Arc Public Schools27
DeWitt School District39
Dierks School District16
Dollarway School District9
Dover School District48
Drew Central School District19
Dumas School District25
Earle School District1
East End School District26
East Poinsett County School District19
El Dorado School District118
Elkins School District25
Emerson-Taylor School District36
England School District18
Eureka Springs School District22
Farmington School District115
Fayetteville School District394
Flippin School District21
Fordyce School District20
Foreman School District16
Forrest City School District36
Fort Smith Public Schools364
Fouke School District25
Fountain Lake School District41
Genoa Central School District56
Gentry Public Schools32
Glen Rose School District38
Gosnell School District41
Gravette School District61
Green Forest School District41
Greenbrier School District144
Greene County Technical School District99
Greenland Public Schools26
Greenwood School District151
Gurdon School District16
Guy-Perkins Schools3
Hackett Public Schools20
Hamburg School District39
Hampton School District18
Harmony Grove School District49
Harrisburg School District29
Harrison School District101
Hazen School District21
Heber Springs School District55
Hector School District11
Helena-West Helena School District27
Hermitage School District14
Highland School District44
Hillcrest School District9
Hope School District37
Horatio School District31
Hot Springs School District91
Hoxie School District13
Huntsville School District56
Izard Cty Consolidated Schools18
Jackson County School District32
Jasper School District20
Jessieville School District25
Jonesboro Public Schools165
Junction City School District7
Kirby School District3
Lafayette County School District4
Lake Hamilton School District167
Lakeside School District130
Lamar School District43
Lavaca Public Schools23
Lawrence County School District35
Lead Hill School District11
Lee County School District4
Lincoln School District27
Little Rock School District556
Lonoke School District47
Magazine Schools11
Magnet Cove School District21
Magnolia School District56
Malvern Special School District31
Mammoth Spring Schools13
Manila School District29
Mansfield School District23
Marion School District84
Marked Tree School District13
Marmaduke School District13
Marvell School District1
Mayflower School District24
Maynard School District12
McCrory School District27
McGehee School District35
Melbourne School District31
Mena Public Schools44
Midland School District17
Mineral Springs School District8
Monticello School District50
Mount Ida School District21
Mount Vernon-Enola School District15
Mountain Home School District131
Mountain Pine School District7
Mountain View School District76
Mountainburg Schools25
Mulberry School District9
Murfreesboro School District22
Nashville School District68
Nemo Vista School District19
Nettleton School District81
Nevada School District10
Newport School District35
Norfork Schools11
North Little Rock School District175
Omaha School District11
Osceola School District16
Ouachita River School District24
Ouachita School District13
Ozark Mountain School District9
Ozark School District58
Palestine-Wheatley School District31
Pangburn School District23
Paragould School District98
Paris School District26
Parkers Chapel School District36
Pea Ridge School District67
Perryville School District19
Piggott School District22
Pine Bluff School District32
Pocahontas School District39
Pottsville Public Schools91
Poyen School District13
Prairie Grove School District66
Prescott School District13
Pulaski County Special School District358
Quitman School District19
Rector School District10
Riverside School District37
Riverview School District16
Rogers Public Schools571
Rose Bud School District16
Russellville Schools181
Salem School District30
Scranton School District20
Searcy County School District21
Searcy School District164
Sheridan School District137
Shirley School District7
Siloam Springs Schools102
Sloan-Hendrix School District17
Smackover School District33
South Conway County School District63
South Mississippi County School District25
South Side-Bee Branch School District19
Southside School District54
Spring Hill School District23
Springdale School District523
Star City School District37
Strong School District1
Stuttgart School District30
Texarkana School District92
Trumann Schools39
Two Rivers School District15
Valley Springs School District25
Valley View School District134
Van Buren School District157
Vilonia School District114
Viola School District15
Waldron School District30
Warren School District26
Watson Chapel School District34
West Fork School District14
West Memphis School District92
West Side School District9
Western Yell County School District2
Westside Consolidated School District54
Westside School District13
White County Central School District21
White Hall School District107
Wonderview School District16
Woodlawn School District14
Wynne Public Schools55
Yellville-Summit School District23

Source: Arkansas Department of Education



STATE TREND

Increasing


38%

2019
1% = 361
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
Arkansas13,23113,98214,00113,809

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


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