Reading comprehension is essential to a student’s overall academic success. State Representative Jack Jordan (R-Bremen) said in a recent release, “As we see declines in reading test scores since the pandemic, we must get students back on track.”

Jordan said, “A recent $111 million investment funded through a partnership between the state and the Lilly Endowment will help our Hoosier students build stronger foundational reading skills.”

The state’s largest-ever investment in literacy will support the deployment of instructional coaches to schools throughout Indiana and offer stipends to teachers who participate in professional development focused on the Science of Reading.  It will also provide targeted support for students who need the most help in improving their reading skills and create a literacy center focused on Science of Reading strategies.

Representative Jordan said, “With many young Hoosiers reading below proficiency, this strong investment will help strengthen literacy development throughout Indiana and support the state’s goal of having 95% of our students achieve a passage rate on IREAD-3 by 2027.”