Including students with exemptions, two Warsaw elementary schools – Harrison and Washington – had 100 percent of its third-graders pass the IREAD-3 test this year.
Amy Sivley, Warsaw Community Schools chief accountability officer, provided the testing report to the school board Monday night.
The purpose of IREAD-3 is to measure foundational reading standards through the third grade, she said. Every school in Indiana is required to administer the test to third-graders because of House Enrolled Act 1367. Now in its third year, the testing started in 2012.
If a student does not pass IREAD-3 the first time, Sivley said WCS provides remediation through summer school programming. At the end of summer school, the student retakes the test. If the student fails the test a second time, “the student will continue to receive instruction in grade three reading. He or she will be officially be reported as a third-grade student. They will participate in a fourth-grade classroom – their reading instruction will be at grade three. And next year they will participate in IREAD-3 and third-grade ISTEP again,” Sivley explained.
If a student does not pass the test but qualifies for one of three good cause exemptions, the student can move on to fourth grade. The exemptions include students who have previously been retained two times prior to fourth grade; students with disabilities whose Case Conference Committee has determined that promotion is appropriate; or English Learner students whose Individual Learning Plan Committee has determined that promotion is appropriate.
At Claypool Elementary, 90.6 percent of third-grade students passed IREAD-3 this year without exemption. Of the seven students who did not pass, Sivley said three qualify for an exemption, increasing Claypool’s passing rate to 96.2 percent. In 2013, 100 percent of the school’s third-graders passed with exemptions while 97.6 percent passed in 2012 with exemptions.
Eisenhower had 98 percent pass, without and with exemptions. The one student at the school who did not pass did not qualify for an exemption. In 2013, 98.8 percent of Eisenhower third-graders passed with exemptions, and 94 percent did so in 2012.
Harrison had 91.4 percent pass without exemptions, but 100 percent pass with exemptions because all seven students who did not pass the test qualified for an exemption. In 2013, 94.9 percent passed with exemption, and 97.3 percent passed in 2012.
Jefferson had 78.5 percent pass without exemption. Of the 17 students who did not pass, Sivley said 11 qualified for an exemption, raising Jefferson’s rate to 92.4 percent. In 2013, the passing rate with exemptions was 97.8 percent, and 98.5 percent in 2012.
Without exemptions, Leesburg had a pass rate of 81.8 percent. Of its 10 students who did not pass, nine qualified for exemptions, raising Leesburg’s rate to 98.2 percent. In 2013, the rate was 96.6 percent and 92.8 percent in 2012.
Lincoln had 90 percent pass this year without exemptions. Of the seven students who did not pass, Sivley said four qualified for exemptions, raising the school rate to 95.7 percent. In 2013, the rate was 93.2 percent, and 94 percent in 2012.
Madison had a 86.2 percent pass rate without exemption. Of its eight students who did not pass, seven qualified for exemptions, raising the rate to 98.3 percent. In 2013, the pass rate with exemption was 94.1 percent and 98.6 percent in 2012.
Washington STEM Academy had a 97.1 percent pass rate without exemptions. Both of its students who did not pass qualified for exemptions, raising its pass rate to 100 percent. In 2013 and 2012, the pass rate also was 100 percent with exemptions.
Looking at all of WCS’s third-graders, 89 percent passed without exemption. Sivley said the state percentage was 85.6 percent. After including those students who qualified for an exemption, WCS is at 97.4 percent. That percentage is above the 96.9 percent in 2013 and the 96.6 percent in 2012.
“So we have 14 students districtwide that do not qualify for exemptions,” Sivley said. “And I went in and looked at their scores. Seven of those 14 students were 20 or less points away from passing.”
WCS had 516 students tested this year, with 459 passing the first time. Fifty-seven students will be recommended for summer school and to retake the test again even if they qualify for an exemption, Sivley said.
After the summer retakes, Sivley said she’ll return to the board to provide an update.
In 2013, 567 students tested with 503 (89 percent) passing the first time. Sixty-four students were recommended for summer school and test retake.
Board Vice President Matt Dick asked Sivley if she thought the state would stay with the IREAD-3.
“You know what, I don’t know that I can predict anything the (Department of Education) is going to do,” she responded.  “One week I think I know, the next week I don’t.”