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.