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May 1, 2014

Local IREAD results mostly above state average

The state Department of Education released passing numbers for the state’s IREAD-3 test on Tuesday. All but three schools were above the state passing average of 85.6 percent.

The test, created two years ago, is required for all third grade students statewide. The 40-question test measures reading comprehension and designed to measure reading skills in young students.

In schools in Daviess, Martin and Pike counties, 89.7 percent of third graders passed the IREAD-3 test, a full four points higher than the state average.

Three schools had 96 percent passing rates and were separated by decimal points. Barr-Reeve, Veale and Otwell elementary schools shared the high marks for local schools.

Many of the local schools also fared well. Washington Catholic Elementary had a 91.7 percent rate, as did Griffith Elementary with 88.7 percent. North Elementary, 83.3 percent, and Lena Dunn, 81.1 percent, were below the state average.

North Daviess Elementary school scored an 89.9 percent passing rate. Both Martin County elementary schools, Loogootee and Shoals, were above the state rates at 91.5 percent and 86.5 percent respectively.

In Pike County, Petersburg Elementary was slightly below the state average with 84.8 percent, while Winslow Elementary registered 89.4 percent. Statewide, Indiana students are faring better on the test that measures their ability to read at a third-grade level.

Since the 2011-12 school year, when education officials began administering the IREAD-3 test to all Indiana third-graders, the number of students passing the test has increased 5 percent. In 2011-12, 80 percent of Indiana students passed the exam, compared to 85 percent in the 2013-14 school year.

The test, formally known as Indiana Reading Evaluation And Determination, is administered in March of each year. Students who fail the exam are required to undergo intensive remediation before being tested again in June or July. Third graders who don’t pass after the two attempts are required to retake third grade versions of Indiana’s standardized test, ISTEP the following year, along with the IREAD-3 exam.

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