EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - More than five of every six Indiana third-graders
have passed the mandatory state reading test before promotion to the fourth
grade, the Indiana Department of Education announced.
Results show 86.1 percent of third-graders passed this springs Indiana
Reading Evaluation And Determination exam, or IREAD-3, department spokesman
Daniel Altman said Thursday.
The new results compare with 85.7 percent of students passing the exam in
2012, the first year it was given, Altman said.
Third graders are reading to learn and no longer learning to read, Amanda
Michel, third grade teacher at Vogel Elementary in Evansville, told the
Evansville Courier and Press. 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 a major 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."
Two-thirds of IREAD-3 covers reading comprehension in which pupils read
fiction and nonfiction passages, then must demonstrate an understanding of
them. Literary text questions may include story plot, character traits and
development, and identifying a theme. The other third of the exam tests
pupils vocabulary skills and word recognition.
State law requires those who did not pass the test to repeat third grade.
However, those pupils that did not pass have a second opportunity this
summer; and waivers may be offered through September in certain cases for
students in special education, those who still are learning English, or for
students with an individualized education plan or individual learning plan.