New test results show Kentucky students are excelling in reading. The state has historically struggled with high levels of illiteracy.
Nearly 477,000 students took the reading portion of the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System exam in April. The majority of those students scored either "proficient" or "distinguished."
Those are the highest ratings awarded. Students were tested in a variety of subjects including reading writing, math, science, social studies, Arts and Humanities, and practical living.
Stan Peterie, the District Assessment Coordinator for Warren County Schools, says testing in these subjects helps prepare students for life after school.
"That's what the local industry needs nationwide actually. They need scientists, mathematicians, writers, problem solvers, and team players", said Peterie.
Instead of the conventional grading scale, students are deemed as novice, apprentice, proficient, or distinguished.
All students are supposed to reach the proficient status by 2014.
The Kentucky Department of Education says the test results are encouraging, especially in the basic core subject areas.
To see how your child's school did you can log onto http://www.education.ky.gov/KDE/Administrative+Resources/Testing+and+Reporting+/Reports/CATS+Briefing+Packets/default.htm.