Indiana‘s third-graders are reading at virtually the same level as they were last year. The Department of Education says 85.58-percent of third grade students passed the IREAD 3 assessment this spring. That‘s up from 85.28-percent in the spring of 2013. The number of third-graders passing the reading exam has climbed steadily since it was introduced in 2011. It was 80.07-percent that year.