ANDERSON, Ind. — Two Anderson elementary schools posted double-digit increases in the percentage of third-graders who passed the IREAD-3 test last month, according to preliminary results released by school officials.
The percentage of students passing the the exam increased 17 percent at Anderson Elementary School, and 12 percent at Edgewood Elementary School, which also had the district's highest pass rate of 85 percent.
Overall ACS' pass rate was 78 percent, said Director of Curriculum Ryan Glaze, an increase of 5 percent over 2013 preliminary results.
"I think overall in our corporation we have noticed reading improvements because of our balanced literacy program," Glaze said. "We teach reading on a more individualized basis, which is really helping our kids.
"I think we expected the gains at Edgewood because it is one of the schools where we have our high-ability students," Glaze added. "Anderson was a very pleasant surprise. These results are a real testament to how hard the third-grade teachers are working to increase the overall level of literacy of our students."
Valley Grove Elementary was the only district school where the pass rate dropped from 82 percent to 77 percent.
The pass rate for students at Alexandria-Monroe Intermediate School remained about the same at 84 percent, said Principal Chris Schnepp. Those overall results include special education or English as a Second Language (ESL) students.
If those students had not been included in the results, Schnepp said, the pass rate in Alexandria would have been between 93 and 95 percent.
"We had more kids not pass this year, but we also had more special education students in that class (third grade) this year," he said.
Laura Miller, instructional supervisor for South Madison Community School Corp., said the overall IREAD pass rate was 91.12 percent.
The Indiana Department of Education released preliminary data for the 2014 IREAD test on Thursday. Statewide, the pass rate was 85.58 percent, up from 85.28 percent for the same period last year.