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Ind. reading summit aims to boost literacy skills

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Education leaders will gather in Indianapolis on Thursday for a summit aimed at improving reading instruction in Indiana.

State Superintendent Tony Bennett says literacy skills are critical to preparing students for their futures in the 21st century. The state Department of Education says only 75 percent of Indiana fourth-graders and 68 percent of eighth-graders are currently proficient in reading.

The all-day reading summit will feature literacy education experts who will share research on ways to boost reading and writing instruction in Indiana.

The reading summit is similar to a math summit that was held in June to build support for improving mathematics education.

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