DeKalb Central Third-Graders Succeed in State Reading Test!

posted Aug 6, 2014, 10:12 AM by webmaster district   [ updated Aug 6, 2014, 10:12 AM ]

WATERLOO — DeKalb Central elementary schools are celebrating the success of students who passed the IREAD-3 third-grade reading assessment.

The IREAD-3 test measures a third-grader’s ability to read on grade-level reading material using specific skills and strategies such as phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency and comprehension. The test first was administered in the spring, and DeKalb Central students had a passing rate of 90.3 percent.

Students who did not pass received remediation and took the test again this summer.  After spring and summer testing, the district’s passing rate is 97.5, with 274 of the district’s 281 third-graders passing the test, Julia Tipton, the district’s curriculum and instructional leadership specialist, reported Tuesday. The seven students who did not pass were “good cause” exemptions, Tipton said.

Students who qualify for “good cause” exemptions are those who previously have been retained two times prior to fourth grade, students with disabilities whose case conference committee has determined that promotion is appropriate and English learner students whose individual learning plan committee has determined that promotion is appropriate, Tipton said.

Results for individual schools after spring and summer testing are: J.R. Watson, 98.9 percent; Waterloo, 97.5 percent; Country Meadow, 94.5 percent; and McKenney-Harrison, 97.2 percent.

“This is certainly cause for celebration at DeKalb Central Schools. Our teachers and support staff are working hard to use quality instruction, and we are meeting the needs of our readers in all of our elementaries,” Tipton said. “Our programming and tiers of instruction are differentiated to make sure that our third-grade students have the needed skills to become proficient readers.”

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Written by Kathryn Bassett