Arizona Honored as a 2016 State Pacesetter

Congratulations to Arizona for being recognized as a 2016 State Pacesetter! During the Read On Arizona Literacy Summit on August 29, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey was presented with the Pacesetter Honor by Ralph Smith, GLR Campaign Managing Director. When presenting the award, Smith commented:

"Recognizing Pacesetters is our way of applauding the civic leaders, organizations and agencies that have joined forces to build brighter futures for the children in their states and communities. We are learning with them and from them what it takes to move the needle and close the gap.

I want to personally thank Terri Clark and the amazing Read On Arizona partners for the incredible leadership you have provided. Across the country, we see momentum around early literacy but, the reality is we’re not making enough progress and we need to accelerate the progress we’re asking states to make. We see Arizona as one of those states that is poised to make a big contribution to the results of the Campaign for grade-level reading. That is why it is my honor, on behalf of the Campaign for Grade-Level reading, to present to Governor Ducey this award designating Arizona as a 2016 state Pacesetter."

Read on Arizona was launched in 2012 as a statewide public/private collaboration. It's exemplary work to improve language and literacy outcomes for children birth through third grade and for the promise of bigger outcomes and sustainable scale is reflected in:

  • A critical — and growing — mass of 25 participating communities across the State of Arizona;
  • Strong leadership and support from the philanthropic sector;
  • More than 500 public/private partners committed to the goal of having all Arizona children reading on grade level by the end of third grade;
  • Focus on effective programs and practices, including replicating and scaling what works;
  • Strong focus on statewide policies and systems change necessary to move the needle and close the gap.

Additionally, Governor Ducey has publicly made early literacy a front-burner issue for his state and backed that up with funding for education to the tune of $3.5 billion and most recently successfully adding $20 million in the state budget for early literacy over the next two years.

Learn more about how ARIZONA is setting the pace for the GLR Movement!

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