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April 30, 2014

ONE MORE ROUND: Local IREAD scores have more opportunity to gain

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — It’s tough to compare the results right now, but so far, IREAD-3 scores in Clark and Floyd counties are looking mostly up.

The test is administered twice a year — once in the spring and once in the summer. Third-graders who don’t pass the first time around are given another opportunity.

Though the first round of results are either approaching or exceeding the 80 percent range for all four districts in the area, officials in each corporation said they hope to break 90 percent after the next testing window.

CLARKSVILLE

Under her first year as principal of Clarksville Elementary School, Kim Baumann said she’s pleased with the first round’s passing percentage of 87.2. Though it represents a drop of just more than 1 percentage point from last year, she said she expects all of her students pass IREAD this summer.

“Our teachers are very focused on their reading instruction and delivering it where the students’ needs are,” Baumann said. “Clarksville does a really good job of really attacking reading and getting it done; they know what it takes.”

Students who didn’t pass were identified and put into extra blocks of literacy instruction and will attend a reading camp before the test starts again in June.

But considering it’s her first year in the school’s top spot, she said she’s happy with the work of students and teachers.

“I’m thrilled,” Baumann said. “I’m very proud of the students, I’m very proud of the teachers — they have just amazed me this year on their hard work.

“I didn’t know what to expect coming in. We look at data all year long in very different realms. Sometimes, the data makes you leery as to what the results will be, but I’m just thrilled to death.”

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