LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A day after Arkansas received a 5th place nod in Education, education professionals gathered to make our state's education system even better.

Friday, the Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level reading began a two day action summit to make third grade reading proficiency a state priority. The goal is by 2020, all Arkansas children will read at grade level by the end of the third grade.

Sherece West-Scantlebury with the Winthrop Rockefeller foundation said proficiency at that level is key for future learning because it marks the transition from learning to read and reading to learn.

Not being up to level after third grade also leads to higher dropout rates and adult illiteracy.

Arkansas currently ranks 37th in 4th grade reading proficiency.

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