Research suggests that students learn to read through the third grade. In fourth grade, students “read to learn” as this most important skill is required and assumed in order to learn new and more complex content. For instance, students must follow instructions to do worksheets, math is taught as “word problems”, and students begin to learn history and science from written material.
The IREAD-3 assessment is the result of legislation passed in 2010 that puts a strong focus on early reading development by requiring third graders to demonstrate grade level reading proficiency before entering grade 4. The test was developed by educators from across Indiana and the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE). Statewide, 84 percent of students assessed during the spring testing window demonstrated foundational third grade reading skills. Local school corporations scored as follows:
• Southeast Dubois, 94.5 percent (26th highest in the state)
I believe reading is one of the most important gifts we can give our children. It is the gateway to knowledge development and our ability to communicate effectively with others. Proficiency in reading will allow our young people to pursue career dreams from acting and writing to engineering and science. Congratulations on the amazing efforts of our local educators to help ensure all our young people have this important life skill.
More information on IREAD-3 can be found on IDOE’s website at: www.doe.in.gov/achievement/assessment/iread-3.