Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

IREAD-3 Scores Are in for Schools ; Pupils Who Fail Held Back

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

IREAD-3 Scores Are in for Schools ; Pupils Who Fail Held Back

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A little more than a month before computer glitches during the first two days of ISTEP testing wreaked havoc on Hoosier students in grades 3-8, third-graders had to take another state-mandated assessment, the IREAD-3, March 18-20. Students must achieve passing scores on IREAD-3 (Indiana Reading Evaluation And Determination) to earn promotion to the fourth grade, and about 86.1 percent of Indiana's third-graders did, according to data released Friday by the Indiana Department of Education.

The pass rate on the reading exam for students in the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. was 81.8 percent, just over a 1 percent increase from last year's pass rate. Of the 1,834 EVSC third- graders who took the exam, 1,500 passed.

"With our large numbers, we feel that is a nice improvement," said Velinda Stubbs, EVSC director of language arts and literacy support. "So we're really optimistic about continuing to improve. After summer retests and waivers (last year), we had 92 percent passing or receiving a waiver. We anticipate that number to increase this year as well."

Warrick County School Corp. had a pass rate of 95.3 percent on this year's IREAD-3.

Department of Education spokesman Dan Altman said the high stakes test is obviously something important to the students, parents, school corporations and communities.

Reading and comprehension are the foundations for all academic learning, so Indiana lawmakers asked the Department of Education to create a third-grade reading exam as part of an effort to eliminate social promotion, according to the IDOE website.

Third-graders are reading to learn and no longer learning to read, said Amanda Michel, third-grade teacher at Vogel Elementary. She said everyone at Vogel was pleased with the school's 92.1 percent pass rate. Teachers there encourage students to read 20 minutes a day, and third-grade teachers provided a binder of exercises to practice with at home, she said.

"We all feel like it was majorly a commitment from home and school," Michel said. "We definitely needed the parent support to feel confident that the students had what they needed... I feel like that (the practice binder) helped a lot and gave the parent something they could physically do other than just read with their student at home."

Among other area public school districts, pass rates were 80.5 percent in the Metropolitan School District of Mount Vernon; 91.6 percent in the Metropolitan School District of North Posey; 89 percent in the North Gibson School Corp.; 81.3 percent in the South Gibson School Corp.; and 91.5 percent in the East Gibson School Corp. Joshua Academy, an Evansville charter elementary school, had a pass rate of 86.1 percent, a 13.4 percent increase compared with last year's 72.7 percent.

The Catholic Diocese of Evansville's Westside Catholic School was among Indiana nonpublic schools to achieve a pass rate of 100 percent. …

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