State releases third-grade reading scores

2013-09-04T19:30:00Z 2013-09-04T20:49:05Z State releases third-grade reading scoresBy Carmen McCollum, (219) 662-5337

Most region third-grade students fared well on a state standardized reading test, data released Wednesday by the Indiana Department of Education shows.

The IREAD-3 exam is administered to third-graders in public and private schools across Indiana. The 2013 statewide passage rate of the test was 91.1 percent, up from 90.6 percent in 2012, the state reported.

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz thanked families for making "reading proficiency" a priority throughout Indiana.

Lake Station Superintendent Dan DeHaven, whose three elementary school buildings did well, said he has continued emphasizing math and reading at all of the schools.

"All students have 90-minutes of uninterrupted reading, plus an additional 30-minutes of intervention for those students who need it. We also have something called success time, which is an additional 30 minutes. We hit reading and math hard," DeHaven said.

Polk Elementary School in Lake Station scored a 94 percent passing rate in third-grade reading, with 43 of 46 students passing the exam. Hamilton Elementary had 71.4 percent of its students pass while Bailey had 92 percent of third-graders pass the test.

Several schools in the Catholic Diocese of Gary in Lake and Porter counties scored a perfect 100 percent on the third-grade test.

Ambassador Academy in Gary, which has led the state in the number of students who attend the school using the state's vouchers, had almost 97 percent of its third-graders pass the test. Of 32 students tested, 31 passed the exam.

Aspire Charter School in Gary tested 80 students, 78 of whom passed the test for a rate of 98 percent.

Banneker Achievement Center in Gary scored 100 percent as all 58 students passing the exam.

Third-graders in the Porter County schools scored well overall, with several schools earning a 100 percent score on the test.

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