Indiana Department of Education releases test scores for the IREAD-3 test. It's a high stakes exam for 3rd graders to measure their reading ability. Across the state and the EVSC numbers are up from last year.
Dexter Elementary earned the spot of most improved in the EVSC. Last year 61% of students passed the test and this year 83% passed.
As we break down the numbers we find that Dexter Elementary isn't the only school showing improvement.
Overall 91.4% of Indiana students passed. That's up from 85.7% last year.
The EVSC passage rate for IREAD-3 was 96.3%. That is up from 92.0% in 2012.
A lot of small schools like those in the Catholic Diocese, or small rural schools, do not have the number of special populations that the EVSC does, that have students that receive waivers due to their Individualized Learning Plan or Individualized Student Plans. When looking at EVSC’s pass rate, it is best to include the waiver rate Good Cause Exemptions, as well.
"I think that's a sign that there's progress and it's a testament to the hard work of our teachers and the students and the families because everyone working together is what results in this type of improvement," said President of the Evansville Teacher's Association Mark Lichtenberg.
Many schools in the EVSC showed large improvement
Dexter Elementary improved 22.3%, Cedar Hall Community School increased 21.7%, Lodge community school went up 20.7%, Caze elementary school is up 16.5%.
"I am really pleased that we are making such great gains and some of those schools are some of our high needs school," said Lichtenberg.
Glenwood Leadership Academy is still the lowest scoring school in the EVSC at 63.6%, but that number is up from 50% a year ago.
Lodge Community School scored 81%. That is up from the second worst score last year at 60.3%.
Evansville teacher's association says they don't particularly agree with high stakes tests in general, but the big improvement in scoring numbers are welcomed.Here is a link to search for test scores across Indiana.
The pass rate includes students that passed the spring 2013 IREAD3 and the summer 2013 re-tests, as well as those who received Good Cause Exemptions, which includes students with IEPs, ILPs, or those who have been retained twice.