INDIANAPOLIS — More than half of DeKalb County’s elementary schools exceeded the statewide passing rate in the Spring 2014 IREAD 3 third-grade reading assessment.  

The Indiana Department of Education released local results for the test Tuesday.

District passing rates were Hamilton, 100 percent; DeKalb Central, 90.3 percent; Garrett-Keyser-Butler, 84.9 percent; and DeKalb Eastern, 77. 1 percent.

“Our schools have done an excellent job of developing a systems approach to literacy that incorporates strong instructional practices and very targeted interventions for students of all academic levels,” said DeKalb Central schools superintendent Sherry Grate. “Our teachers are amazing at their craft, implementing a comprehensive literacy framework each day. We are extremely proud of the efforts of all of our students and staff working together to provide the necessary support systems to assist each student.”

Grate said students who were not successful in passing this spring will have an additional opportunity this summer to participate in the assessment.

“Our students will continue to receive quality instruction and additional support to assist them in progressing as strong readers and writers,” Grate added.

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