State releases results of 2014 reading test

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INDIANAPOLIS (April 17, 2014) – Indiana’s third graders showed slight improvement in reading proficiency, according to new data released by the state.

About 85 percent of Hoosiers students passed the IREAD 3 test administered this spring. The 2014 rate rose to 85.58 percent, up from 85.28 percent in 2013.

Reading proficiency has risen steadily over the past four years, according to the Indiana Department of Education. In 2011, statewide reading proficiency was just above 80 percent.

Here are the numbers for the last four tests:

Year Passing Percentage
2011 80.07
2012 84.87
2013 85.28
2014 85.58

Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz said the “numbers show that year by year, we have continued to see modest increases in our passage rate” and praised the state’s efforts to promote a “culture of literacy.”

Information for individual schools and school corporations will be released later this month.