More than 2,000 Johnson County third-graders will soon take a test that will determine whether they can move on to fourth-grade reading lessons, but principals aren’t concerned about their students passing.
This is the third year that Indiana is requiring third-graders to take the IREAD-3 exam, a test that has students read different essays and then answer questions about the content. Any third-grader who doesn’t take or pass IREAD-3 in the spring or the retest over the summer cannot move on to fourth-grade reading lessons.
Principals, teachers and parents were worried about IREAD-3 during the first round of testing in 2012 because of the tests’ high stakes and because no one knew what students would be asked. Between 88 and 99 percent of the local students tested in 2012 passed the exam on their first try, while in 2013 between 89 and 96 percent of students passed the test the first time.