GREENFIELD — Nearly every county third-grader moved on to the fourth grade this year following I-READ summer remediation classes.
While area educators and state officials are glad the vast majority of children were able to pass the state’s benchmark test for reading, many local school administrators aren’t convinced I-READ is the best way to measure a student’s reading ability.
The Indiana Department of Education this week released official results for the state-mandated test. The numbers show that remediation paid off: Successful re-testing by students pushed every school’s passing mark for the year over 90 percent. A deeper look into the figures show only three third-graders countywide, all from Greenfield-Central schools, failed the reading aptitude test following remediation and are repeating third grade this year.
That number is a major decrease from 2012-13, when 12 students ended up repeating third grade because they couldn’t pass the exam.