> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
With 87.5 percent of their students passing in the first round this year, Greater Clark is poised to best last year’s combined spring-summer score on IREAD.
Karen Spencer, supervisor of assessment for the district, said after last year’s second testing window, 89.3 percent of their students passed IREAD. This year, they hope to get into the 90s.
“Literacy has really been a focus for the last two years, especially in those early grades,” Spencer said. “I think our goal is that we will have those students ready for that third grade test before they get there, that is our hope.”
She said the schools are mostly doing very well on the test. Three schools, Utica Elementary, New Washington Elementary and Pleasant Ridge Elementary, topped 90 percent. All but two of the remaining schools scored into the 80s.
Spencer said In the case of Bridgepoint Elementary, student population worked against its score. At 79.1 percent of students passing, one more student would have brought them over the 80 percent threshold. Only 43 students were tested.
But Parkwood Elementary came in at 77.5 percent passing. Spencer said the biggest challenge there is the mobility of that student population and the number of students who are English language learners.
She said while some of those students — especially those who came into the district late into the school year — would have the chance for an exemption from ISTEP+, they still have to take IREAD.
“Parkwood’s Hispanic population has increased tremendously,” Spencer said. “They will be eligible for waivers after they retest, so they would fall in that group that could be waivered. They’ve actually acquired some this year that were brand new to the country who’ve never been to the United States.”
But she said with the district’s IMPACT plan to remediate students who failed before the summer window, coupled with two weeks of summer school for third-graders, they’re hoping to perform better than last year.