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Third-graders improve on state reading test

2013 IREAD-3 RESULTS

IREAD-3 is an assessment to determine whether Indiana’s third-grade students have the reading skills they will need to succeed beyond third grade. Pass rates, by percentage:

INDIANA AVERAGE 86.1%

Lake County

Tri-Creek

Oak Hill 96.3%

Lake Prairie 93.4%

Three Creeks 88.8%

Crown Point

Douglas MacArthur 93.5%

Dwight D Eisenhower 96.5%

Lake Street 96.8%

Solon Robinson 97.5%

Jerry Ross 96.5%

Timothy Ball 89.3%

Hanover Central

Jane Ball 97.4%

Lincoln 96.2%

River Forest

Henry S. Evans 84.0%

River Forest 76.3%

John I. Meister 84.4%

Merrillville

Henry P. Fieler 69.4%

Homer Iddings 81.9%

Edgar L .Miller 84.3%

John Wood 87.7%

Jonas E. Salk 93.3%

Lake Central

Kolling 95.0%

George Bibich 94.8%

James H. Watson 99.0%

Protsman 89.0%

Homan 91.0%

Peifer 84.8%

Lake Ridge

Grissom 78.8%

Longfellow 71.7%

Hosford Park 89.2%

East Chicago

Urban Enterprise* 93.0%

E. Chicago Lighthouse* 74.1%

Carrie Gosch 78.8%

Benjamin Harrison 75.0%

Abraham Lincoln 67.6%

William McKinley 85.5%

George Washington 76.4%

Lake Station

Alexander Hamilton 71.4%

Virgil I. Bailey 89.6%

Carl J. Polk 93.2%

Gary

West Gary Lighthouse* 76.1%

Thea Bowman* 86.0%

Aspire Charter 88.8%

Gary Lighthouse* 71.7%

21st Century* 86.2%

Benjamin Banneker 85.7%

Beveridge 45.2%

Brunswick 39.8%

Bernard C Watson 60.7%

Frankie W McCullough 51.7%

Jefferson 43.3%

Bailly 53.7%

Jacques Marquette 45.0%

Glen Park Academy 63.9%

Daniel Webster 58.1%

Daniel Hale Williams 71.2%

Griffith

Beiriger 92.5%

Eldon Ready 80.6%

Elsie Wadsworth 88.9%

Hammond

Joseph Hess 82.1%

Columbia 76.2%

Thomas A. Edison 70.7%

Benjamin Franklin 73.1%

Warren G. Harding 78.3%

Washington Irving 77.1%

Thomas Jefferson 79.5%

Kenwood 67.2%

Lafayette 80.9%

Abraham Lincoln 74.3%

Maywood 78.7%

Morton 76.4%

Lew Wallace 72.9%

Frank O’Bannon 80.5%

Highland

Judith Morton Johnston 88.5%

Mildred Merkley 90.2%

Southridge 90.2%

Allen J Warren 84.9%

Hobart

Liberty 93.8%

Ridge View 93.0%

Joan Martin 97.4%

Munster

James B. Eads 90.9%

Ernest R. Elliott 93.1%

Frank H. Hammond 97.1%

Whiting

Nathan Hale 90.0%

Porter County

Boone Township

Hebron Elementary 92.6%

Chesterton

Discovery* 96.2%

Duneland

Jackson 100.0%

Liberty 90.2%

Bailly 95.2%

Newton Yost 93.1%

East Porter

Morgan 95.8%

Kouts 100.0%

Washington 98.5%

Porter Township

Porter Lakes 93.7%

Union Township

Union Center 91.1%

John Simatovich 97.9%

Portage Township

Wallace Aylesworth 92.9%

Crisman 87.4%

Central 78.8%

Ethel R. Jones 80.0%

Rowena Kyle 89.4%

Paul Saylor 88.1%

George L. Myers 94.0%

South Haven 82.5%

Valparaiso

Thomas Jefferson 96.2%

Central 92.6%

Flint Lake 96.3%

Cooks Corners 92.3%

Hayes Leonard 96.7%

Memorial 96.8%

Northview 100.0%

Parkview 86.2%

Private

Diocese of Gary

Aquinas School 93.8%

St. Michael 97.4%

St. John Evangelist 97.4%

St. Mary (Crown Point) 95.5%

St. Stanislaus (EC) 100.0%

St. Mary (Griffith) 100.0%

St. Casimir 93.1%

St. John Bosco 88.9%

St. John the Baptist 100.0%

Our Lady of Grace 100.0%

St. Thomas More 98.5%

Notre Dame 100.0%

Queen of All Saints 85.0%

St. Stanislaus Kostka 81.8%

St. Patrick 100.0%

Nativity of Our Savior 84.6%

St. Paul 100.0%

Independent

Crown Point Christian 97.0%

Hammond Baptist 90.4%

Ambassador Christn (Gary) 84.4%

Trinity (Gary) 84.6%

City Baptist (Hammond) 55.6%

Lutheran

Trinity (Crown Point) 95.5%

St. Paul (Munster) 100.0%

Immanuel (Valparaiso) 100.0%

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Updated: June 25, 2013 6:25AM



Third-graders improved slightly in statewide IREAD-3 test scores released recently by the Indiana Department of Education.

Officials said 86.1 percent passed the test, compared to 84 percent last year — the inaugural year of the state-mandated exam that measures reading comprehension, vocabulary and phonics.

A 2010 state law calls for students who don’t pass the test to retake it during the summer and if they still don’t pass, they could have to repeat third grade.

The legislation was supported by former State Superintendent Tony Bennett who was defeated last year by Democrat Glenda Ritz, a vocal opponent of the testing.

Ritz told a group of students earlier this month in Valparaiso the IREAD-3 test was the reason she ran for office.

“A test has never taught anybody to read. It went against everything I believed in as a reading teacher. That got me into the race. I didn’t aspire, but felt compelled to do it,” Ritz said when a student asked how she got into politics.

Locally, three public schools in Porter County posted perfect 100 percent passing scores — Northview in Valparaiso, Kouts in East Porter and Jackson Township in the Duneland schools. All the schools except three in Porter County hit or surpassed the state passing average.

In Lake County, the highest scoring school was Watson Elementary in the Lake Central district with 99 percent passing. But just 36 schools reached the state passing average out of 82.

Statewide, 11,847 children didn’t pass the exam and will have to undergo remediation and retesting.

“We look at the information. It gives you a broad measurement from year to year, which is something,” said DOE spokesman David Galvin. “We’d like to see a little bit better growth model. Maybe taking the test in the beginning, middle and end would give us a better progression.”

Urban children are still struggling with the exam, but Gary had one bright spot. The Watson Boys Academy improved its score by 15 percentage points to 61 percent passing, up from 46 percent last year.

Gary’s other gender-based school, Frankie Woods McCullough Girls Academy, fell dramatically from 81 percent passing last year to 52 percent this year. No school in Gary or Hammond districts reached the state passing average.

Gary Superintendent Cheryl Pruitt credited a federal grant and hard work for the improvement at Watson. “They did better, but I would like to see more improvement,” she said.

In Valparaiso, Northview Principal Loren Hershberger said the school begins focusing on reading skills in kindergarten to pinpoint and assess children and target specific needs. Last year, 100 percent of its third-graders passed also.

“We spend a lot of energy in the early grades to find their skills and hone in on them.”

The children have already celebrated their accomplishment with some treats and a party.

“To have a 100 percent, we’re extremely pleased,” he said. “We don’t believe in teaching to a test. We teach to the curriculum and give them good interventions.”

At Polk Elementary in Lake Station, third-graders raised their passing percentage by six points to 93.2 percent, the highest in the district.

Principal Linda Halas credited the 30-minute daily Success intervention periods, part of the Eight-Step academic model, for the continued strong scores.

The school also follows a program called Scholastic Reading Counts in which students are testing throughout the year and move up as they improve. “Our librarian gives them incentives awards like bookworms and charms. They always want to take a test on the computer,” she said.

Learn more: www.doe.in.gov/achievement/assessment/iread-3



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