Ellspermann Edition: Local School Children Score well on IREAD (5/25/2012)

Friday, May 25, 2012 7:00 pm

Start Date:  5/25/2012  Start Time:  12:00 AM
End Date:  5/25/2012  End Time:  11:59 PM

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)
• South Spencer, 94.2 percent (29th highest in the state)
• North Spencer, 93.4 percent (37th highest in the state)
• Warrick, 92.2 percent
• Tell City-Troy Township, 89.7 percent
• Southwest Dubois, 87.2 percent
• Perry Central, 84.1 percent 
• Cannelton, 83.3 percent
In addition, three local elementary schools attained 100 percent pass rates: Chrisney, Tennyson and Luce.  Congratulations to these strong readers, their parents, teachers and administrators.   Students who did not pass IREAD-3 during this spring will have another chance to do so this summer, along with extensive remediation. If they are unable to pass the second assessment then they will not be held back from the entire fourth grade, but must be placed in a reading group with students at the same reading level. The goal is to ensure all children entering fourth grade will have the necessary reading skills to support more advanced learning.

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.


Rep. Sue Ellspermann (R-Ferdinand)

Ellspermann Edition, Local School Children score well on IREAD, 5-18-12.doc