Tuesday, March 18, 2014

IREAD-3: Too Much Pressure

For Further Reading:
  • IREAD-3
  • The purpose of the Indiana Reading Evaluation And Determination (IREAD-3) assessment is to measure foundational reading standards through grade three. Based on the Indiana Academic Standards, IREAD-3 is a summative assessment that was developed in accordance with House Enrolled Act 1367 (also known as Public Law 109 in 2010), which "requires the evaluation of reading skills for students who are in grade three beginning in the Spring of 2012 to ensure that all students can read proficiently before moving on to grade four."
  • Lawmaker: Board of Education disregarded legislative intent with IREAD-3
  • ...lawmakers were aware of research showing that students who are held back are much less likely to graduate from high school, and they also questioned implementing such high-stakes accountability when Indiana trailed other states in funding early-childhood education. Some legislators, he said, were concerned about the cost of the...proposal.
  • 'IREAD, You Read...' or, 'Indiana's Statewide Reading Test'
  • Every third grader has two chances to pass the high-stakes exam. Students who don’t pass on their first try in March will be given the chance to pass a retake in June or July after a period of intensive remediation. Third graders who don’t pass after two attempts will have to retake third grade versions of the ISTEP and IREAD exams the following school year, which state officials say will likely lead to them being held back from entering fourth grade.
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