VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - More kids are passing the elementary reading test, IREAD3.
That comes from a report released this week by the Indiana Department of Education.
The Indiana Department of Education reported a 91.1 percent passing rate for this year's third-grade reading test, the IREAD3.
That's up from last year.
Dr. Karen Goeller of the Vigo County School Corporation is pleased with the results.
"Over 90 percent passing which is very competitive in comparison to other districts,” said Dr. Goeller.
The school corporation points to reading initiatives in place to support students.
"Students come in where they have extra help with reading skills. I think districts across the state are trying as hard as they can, since this is a new state law for students to pass this test, to provide those extra resources,” said Dr. Goeller.
For students who don't pass -- there is a plan in place for them to make sure they get the help they need.
"They have opportunities to have remediation in phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency and comprehension during the school day."
This past summer, those same students spent a month working on specific skills they need to improve.
"The state is very helpful when they show us the reason the students did not pass in march, it gives us an idea of, was it in fluency? Was it in comprehension? What do we need to do to help that student so he is able to pass that a second time?" said Dr. Goeller.
One important part of the corporation's focus is teaching basic reading skills early on.
"You want to be able to support that child in kindergarten. Not wait until the third-grade IREAD assessment and then provide resources. You need to start early,” said Dr. Goeller.
The Indiana Department of Education also introduced a new summer reading program that included parents and students.
This past summer, The program over 127,000 participants.
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