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Majority of Indiana Fourth-Graders Don't Read at Grade Level

While there has been some improvement in the past decade, a new report finds the majority of Indiana kids are not reading at grade-level when they reach the fourth grade.

According to the research from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, 62 percent of fourth-graders in Indiana were not proficient in reading last year - and that's a five-point improvement from 2003 figures.

Bill Stanczykeiwicz with the Indiana Youth Institute says research shows reading is essential in early grades for continued success in school.

The report also found a widening gap in fourth-grade reading proficiency between children from lower- and higher-income families.

It says 75 percent of lower-income children were ranked below grade level for their reading skills, compared to 49 percent of higher-income children.