Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

April 30, 2014

Two elem. schools ace reading test

By Boris Ladwig Daily News
Greensburg Daily News

---- — Students at two local elementary schools scored in the top 30 percent of the state on a reading exam, but a third ranked below the state average.

Greensburg Elementary School reported that 96.7 percent of students passed the Indiana Reading Evaluation and Determination assessment. North Decatur Elementary School students achieved a passing percentage of 93.8 percent. South Decatur Elementary recorded a passing rate of 83.9 percent, below the state average of 85.6 percent.

Thirty-two schools reported all students passing the assessment, according to data released by the Indiana Department of Education on Tuesday.

The IREAD assessment was mandated by a state law in 2010. It aims to evaluate reading capabilities through grade three “to ensure that all students can read proficiently before moving on to grade four.”

Greensburg Elementary’s score was the 107th-best among more than 1,000 public elementary schools in the state, ranking it just outside of the top 10 percent. North Decatur Elementary ranked 260th, while South Decatur placed 701st.

Only North Decatur Elementary’s score improved from last year, when it was 92.3 percent. Greensburg’s score fell from 98.7 percent, while South Decatur’s dropped from 87.5 percent.

The state average scores have improved in the last three years. In 2011, 80.1 percent of students passed. This year it was 85.6 percent, up from 85.3 percent last year.

Greensburg Community Schools Superintendent Tom Hunter said the school is happy with the results, but ultimately wants all of its third-graders to pass the reading test.

“We’ll continue working until that happens,” he said.

Decatur County Community Schools administrators and the principals of the two elementary schools could not be reached Tuesday.

Contact: Boris Ladwig 812-663-3111 x7401; boris.ladwig@greensburgdailynews.com