Literacy initiatives making mark

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Teacher Mindy Burgmeier of Seymour-Jackson Elementary School knew she had to find a way to boost the confidence and skill level of her third-grade students in the area of reading.

Otherwise, they might not be allowed to move on to fourth grade.

A state law initiated by Gov. Mitch Daniels that went into effect last spring requires all students to be reading proficiently by third grade. Their performance on the IRead-3 exam can determine whether they will be promoted to the next grade or held back.

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