State Progress Highlights
Arkansas

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From Arkansas: Taking Stock and Pushing Forward, 2014

Student Outcomes 

Arkansas’s state-funded pre-K program met nine of the 10 nationally recognized standards of quality.
• Arkansas’s black fourth-graders narrowed the achievement gap in math on NAEP at the Basic and Proficient levels. Hispanic fourth-graders narrowed the achievement gap in reading at the Basic and Proficient levels and in math at the Proficient level. Hispanic and black eighth-graders narrowed the gap in math at the Basic and Proficient levels – and in reading at the Basic level.
• Arkansas’s high school graduation rate increased, exceeding the national rate. This increase in graduation rate extended to black, Hispanic and white high school seniors. 
• Arkansas was one of the first two states in the nation to implement all 10 of the Notable Outcomes in the Data Quality Campaign’s state actions for effective data use. 

Policy Highlights 

Arkansas requires an early reading assessment or diagnostics for students and requires academic interventions to support struggling readers in K-3.
• Arkansas assesses high school juniors on college and career readiness and is field testing readiness courses in literacy/English and math for juniors or seniors not ready for college and careers.
• Arkansas provides for guarantee of full transfer of general education credits and full transfer of associate degree credits.