The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Local Education

April 18, 2014

Many schools see increases in IREAD scores

ANDERSON — More Madison County schools reported preliminary IREAD-3 test results Friday and, for the most part, officials were pleased with the results.

At Anderson Preparatory Academy, the overall pass rate for students who took the test last month was 91.4 percent, said Jill Barker, director of academics and curriculum at the public charter school.

"Right now, we're making 10 percent gains every year," Barker said. She added that the pass rate for third-graders taking the test who started at APA in the first grade was 95 percent.

Barker said the key to APA's gains in reading scores is individualized reading instruction.

"We are actually catering to the needs of every individual kid, regardless of the level they're reading at," she said.

Preliminary test results (an 83 percent pass rate) at Elwood Elementary School were slightly lower than last year, said principal Beverly Groover. A number of students, however, came within one to four points of passing.

In addition, she said that since last November, teachers have been working intensively after school with a group of 41 students called "The Eagle's Club" to provide them with extra support.

That work will continue until a retest is administered this summer.

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.

School and corporation level data will be posted on the department's website later this month, said Daniel Altman, a department spokesman.

The IREAD test has been given to all Indiana third-graders for the past three years. Students who fail the reading exam are required to complete remediation and retesting this summer.

At Indiana Christian Academy, 14 of 15 students who took the reading exam passed, said school administrator Kevin Plew. "We're pretty pleased with that result, and the one who didn't pass came very, very close."

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