HCCSC students up to 94 percent in IREAD-3

"We're quite a bit ahead of the path," says Charles Grable, assistant superintendent for instruction for Huntington County Community Schools.

He refers to the most recent IREAD-3 data, released last week. The new data includes students that passed the spring 2013 IREAD-3 as well as summer re-tests.

According to the Indiana Department of Education, the purpose of the Indiana Reading Evaluation And Determination (IREAD-3) assessment is to measure foundational reading standards through grade three.

Since 2012 the corporation as a whole has improved from a 91 percent passing rate, to an almost 94 percent passing rate.

Grable says the improved passing rate reflects the hard work of the corporation's students and teachers over the last five years.

"It's the fruits of their labor," he adds.

For this go around, Indiana's statewide passage rate of the test was 91.1 percent, with Huntington beating that, at 93.8 percent.

Each elementary school was scored individually, with Andrews earning a 95.2 percent passing rate, Roanoke at 98 percent, Salamonie at 94.1 percent - up from their previous score of 92.2 percent, Lancaster at 100 percent, Northwest at 89.1 percent, Flint Springs jumping from an 86.4 percent passing rate to 92.4 percent and Lincoln's vastly improved score of 87.9 percent - up over 10 percent from their score of 76.8 percent in March of 2012.

Huntington Catholic School was scored at a 94.4 percent passing rate.

Grable explains that Glenda Ritz, Indiana superintendent of public instruction, may change the requirements for schools not reaching a 90 percent passing rate in the spring, but as of now those schools are required to adopt a reading plan and state approved textbooks into their curriculum.

He says Huntington schools that did not have a 90 percent passing rate are covered by the School Board of Trustee's recent textbook adoption of "Journeys" by Houghton Mifflin.

"I think it is a good, fair assessment," he adds, "I'm pleased with the results."