Apparently, Arkansas ranks 35th in the nation in fourth-grade literacy.
According to a recent news story, about 71 percent of Arkansas fourth-graders scored below the proficient level on the National Assessment of Education Progress reading test.
It could be worse–we could be at a 78% failure rate like Mississippi.
Thankfully, all this means is that kids in Arkansas are stupid. At least there is no evidence that the educational system in Arkansas is inherently racist. Oh–wait:
“Broken down by race, 65 percent of white fourth-graders scored below proficient, while 86 percent of black students and 84 percent of Hispanic students scored below proficient.”
Apparently, the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families is using the results of the study to support expanding Arkansas’ preschool education programs, creating and supporting quality after-school and summer programs, investing in initiatives to improve low-performing schools, and providing economic support for low-income parents.
“The indicators show that Arkansas has a long way to go if we are going to improve reading levels in the state,” Huddleston said. But given what I know about the government’s ability to fix things, I for one am optimistic.