Latest Indiana Reading Test Scores Are Released
April 30, 2014 — Indiana Public Broadcasting — The Department of Education released IREAD-3 scores for individual school districts, which shows a slight increase from last year. The test is supposed to determine whether third graders can read well enough to move on to the fourth grade, but, as StateImpact Indiana’s Claire McInerny reports, not all students who don’t pass will be held back.
About 86% of Indiana third graders passed the IREAD-3 test this year, a less than one percent increase from last year’s passing rate. State law requires students who fail the original and make-up test to repeat the third grade test the following spring.
In some school districts that means making the student repeat third grade or participate in reading remediation throughout fourth grade.
Shawn Hannon is the Director of Communication and Data at Elkhart Community Schools. She says what happens to a child after failing the IREAD-3 varies depending on what’s right for the student.
“They will be a third grader, regardless of where they are. Some are in a third grade classroom, some are in a third grade homeroom and fourth grade for some subjects. Some are the other way around, if it’s more appropriate for them to be in a fourth grade homeroom and then getting Language Arts instruction in third grade.”
Jackie Kuhn is the Director of English Language Arts for Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation. She was a principal in the district last year, and had a different approach to retention for students who failed the IREAD-3.
“In the eyes of the state they were still coded as third graders, however they took third grade content but also had third grade ELA.”
Most schools offer tutoring for students who failed the test, and IREAD-3 make up tests begin this summer.