Fall reading test results released Friday show a third of Trumbull County third-graders score below proficient in a new literacy target.
Bristol, Brookfield, Joseph Badger, Liberty and Mathews saw increases while other districts showed decreases from Fall 2012 scores.
Under the state's new Third Grade Reading Guarantee, students can be held back if they don't meet tough new reading targets. Students took the tests in October.
Nine districts held scores below 50 percent proficiency, including Girard at 47; LaBrae at 38; McDonald and Newton Falls at 45; Niles and Southington at 49; Warren at 28; and Weathersfield at 47 percent. Summit Academy held the lowest at zero percent. It also had the lowest number of test-takers.
Statewide, 26.2 percent of students showed limited proficiency
"The test has changed, that's one thing, and it's earlier in the year this year, that's another," said Mathews superintendent Lew Lowery, whose district scored the second-highest in Trumbull County at 71 percent.
Read more and see results from Trumbull County schools in the Sunday Tribune Chronicle.