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Local Education

September 4, 2013

Anderson schools show slight improvement on IREAD-3

ANDERSON — IREAD-3 scores released Wednesday by the Indiana Department of Education showed a slight overall improvement for Anderson public schools, rising from 81.0 percent last year to 81.9 percent this year. The IRead-3 looks at third-grade reading proficiency, with a goal of 90 percent. Statewide, the average is 91.4 percent.

"Most of our schools performed better this year," said Ryan Glaze, director of curriculum at Anderson Community Schools. Two of the schools in the district, Anderson and Erskine elementaries, reflected a slight decline.

Despite the generally improving score, Glaze acknowledged that it still falls below the state average, and the district is focused on it.

“We’re rolling out a new elementary reading program,” said Glaze. “I do think it will help.” The new program involves a lot more individual student reading and focuses on the student’s reading level. “Our teachers are working very hard,” Glaze said. “We just have to do a better job making sure we’re reaching all kids and making sure they’re reading at grade level. ... We want 100 percent of our kids reading at grade level.”Glaze said the data released Wednesday will be presented and discussed at the Sept. 10 school board meeting.

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