Indiana makes marginal improvement in ‘Kids Count’

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A new national report says the wellbeing of Indiana’s children has improved somewhat, but improvement in a key area might be overstated because of a quirk in the state’s reading rules.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2014 “Kids Count” report finds a slight decrease in the number of Indiana children living in poverty and improvements in the state’s education ranking based on literacy measures.

A national researcher called in to examine problems with the state’s ISTEP test found that the state’s 4th grade reading proficiency is probably overstated because some students are being held back in 3rd grade by the IREAD-3 testing requirements.

Indiana’s ranking in the report jumped between 2011 — before the reading requirement was established — and 2013, the first year after it took effect.

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