INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Education on Wednesday reported a 91.1 percent passing rate for the state’s 2013 third-grade reading test.
That is up from 90.6 percent last year.
This data includes students who passed the spring Indiana Reading Evaluation and Determination test as well as summer re-tests.
“I want to thank the many educators and families who are making reading proficiency a priority throughout Indiana,” said Glenda Ritz, Indiana superintendent of public instruction. “I am committed to a strong focus on literacy K-12, which is a key indicator of student success.”
Pass rates varied among Allen County districts. Southwest Allen County Schools scored highest at 96.1 percent; Northwest Allen County Schools at 95.4 percent; Fort Wayne Community Schools at 86.1 percent; and East Allen County Schools at 85.4 percent.
All districts saw increased passage rates compared with the first results released last year.
But the Indiana Department of Education didn’t make public the same updated data last fall after summer re-tests, so an accurate comparison isn’t possible.
The numbers released Wednesday show that 7,100 students still had not passed the test after their second attempt. Also, 3,800 students received a good-cause exemption, compared with 5,300 students last year.
Ritz was met with opposition from the State Board of Education in July over possible elimination of the third-grade reading exam.
At Wednesday’s State Board of Education meeting, Ritz made a passing reference to the IREAD3 results.
Afterward, member Dan Elsener expressed concern that the Department of Education is not talking enough about student accomplishments.
“It’s pretty clear we have some cause for celebration and recognition. We have made some bold policy moves together,” he said. “Moving the needle is hard work. This is the type of achievements that change lives.
“We’re making a difference,” Elsener said.
He wrote a congratulatory editorial to teachers, schools, students and principals via a resolution passed by the board.
Instead of focusing on the test Wednesday, Ritz used the release to discuss the Hoosier Family of Readers initiative that had more than 127,000 participants this summer.
“The Department encourages schools to join the Hoosier Family of Readers by developing their own initiatives to promote and support reading outside of the school day,” a news release said.