Report: Indiana kids’ well-being has improved

This photo from Wednesday May 1, 2013, shows 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)
This photo from Wednesday May 1, 2013, shows 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.

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