Third Graders to Take IREAD 3
IREAD 3 will be administered to FCS third grade students on Monday, March 19. IREAD 3 is a new, high-stakes test mandated by the state of Indiana to assess a child’s reading and comprehension skills. High stakes for this particular assessment means that if a student does not pass the IREAD 3 test, he/she will be required to participate in intensive reading instruction for the remainder of the school year and summer school during the month of June. A child who does not pass IREAD 3 in March will have another opportunity to take the test during the summer. If a child does not pass either the March or summer test, they will be retained in 3rd grade for the 2012-13 school year. This is mandated by the state of Indiana as part of Indiana Code 20-32-8.5. The rule provides three “good cause exemptions” for retention. Those include one for special education students, one for English Learners, and one for students who have been retained twice prior to fourth grade.
“I can assure parents that their child’s K-3 teacher at Franklin Community Schools have done everything in their power to best prepare students for Monday’s test,” Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction Deb Brown-Nally said. “I understand there is a fine line between conveying its importance and creating unnecessary anxiety and stress for your child.”
She goes on to offer the following recommendations for parents:
· Ask your child how he/she feels about taking the test.
· Assure your child that their only job is to give his/her best effort.
· Stress the importance of a good night’s sleep.
· Stress the importance of fueling the body with a healthy breakfast on Monday morning.