Report: Indiana kids’ well-being has improved

A teacher's manual for the test sits on a computer table where students take the ISTEP test at Emmons Elementary School in Mishawaka, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The well-being of Indiana’s children has improved somewhat according to a national report, but improvement in a key area may be overstated because of a quirk in the state’s reading rules.

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

A national researcher called in last year to examine problems with CTB/McGraw-Hill’s administration of the ISTEP test discovered that the state’s 4th-grade reading proficiency is probably overstated. Students are being held back by the IREAD-3 testing requirements established in 2012.

Indiana’s ranking in the report jumped between 2011 — before the reading requirement was established — and 2013, the first year after it took effect. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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