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Springdale, Arkansas Finalist Summary

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Springdale, Arkansas

The GLR Campaign recognizes Springdale, Arkansas, as a 2017 finalist for the All-America City Awards. Springdale is cited for reporting measurable progress in school readiness, school attendance, summer learning and overall grade-level reading, as well as for exemplary efforts in promoting civic engagement and inclusiveness. The Springdale Grade-Level Reading Coalition has made parent engagement and cultural competency a staple of their work. When OneCommunity Reads, UnaComunidad Leyendo! launched in 2013, its goal was to improve kindergarten readiness and grade-level reading by increasing the parent and community involvement of Hispanic and Marshallese families in the Springdale area. The foundation of the initiative is Parents Taking Leadership Action (PTLA), which believes parents have gifts and talents to contribute to their child’s school and community and are the primary leaders of their children and family. Through PTLA, parents meet weekly and engage in music and interactive lessons aimed at strengthening parent-school communication, increasing educational awareness and enhancing the leadership potential among parents from diverse populations. The classes are facilitated in Spanish. As a result of these efforts, Springdale reports measurable progress, as follows: The average percentage of kindergartners in three elementary schools scoring developed across all six domains on the Qualls Early Learning Inventory increased from 38.5 percent in 2012–13 to 45.3 percent in 2015–16. The percentage of first graders at Monitor who were chronically absent decreased from 24 percent in 2012–13 to 10 percent in 2015–16. The percentage of rising first through fourth graders at the George and Jones elementary schools who did not experience loss of literacy during the bilingual Feed Your Brain summer program increased from 81 percent in 2014–15 to 89 percent 2015–16. The percentage of third grade students who were reading at grade level increased from 35 percent in 2012–13 to 36.5 percent in 2015–16.

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