Schools feel better about IREAD


Study partners: Principal Amanda Pyle works with fifth-grader Tyler Vandervliet in the computer lab at Eastern Hancock Elementary School during an after-school study session to help students prepare for the upcoming statewide standardized tests. The Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress begins on Monday for many students. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

Practice round: Third-grader Luken Edwards displays a card to show his answer to a question about a vocabulary word during a session after school. Luken and a number of classmates are putting in extra work ahead of the IREAD test later this month. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — As administrators and third-grade teachers head into the second year of the IREAD exams later this month, they do so with less trepidation than last year, when students took the must-pass reading test for the first time.

“Last year as teachers, we were scared of the unknown,” McCordsville Elementary third-grade teacher Dan Keeler said. “This year, we feel much more at ease as we know what to expect from the test itself and from the students.”

Of the 903 county third-graders who took the IREAD exam last spring, only 12 county students didn’t move up to the fourth grade.

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