The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading named Iowa a State Pacesetter for its work in addressing educational challenges and promoting reading skills in children from low-income families.

Gov. Terry Branstad accepted the honor at a reception last night at the Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families. T

he Pacesetter honor is given to states and communities that have "led by example" to solve one or more of the challenges that can undermine early reading success: school readiness, chronic absenteeism and summer learning loss. Ames, Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Dubuque, Marshalltown and the Quad Cities were also recognized for their work.