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The Indiana Department of Education says it wants to make sure all Hoosier third graders can read so students will begin taking a new, mandatory reading test called IREAD-3. Indiana Department of Education
Spokesperson Stephanie Sample says testing is required by Indiana law and will begin in March. She says the exam will determine whether students will be able to move on to fourth grade. Third graders will get two chances to pass the exam. If they fail the second time, they will be held back in third grade.
Sample says third grade is a crucial learning time for third graders when it comes to reading.
“If they don‘t have those basic reading skills, they‘re really gonna struggle reading forward,” she says. “And there‘s a pretty high correlation between kids who can‘t read at third grade level and kids who later fail to graduate from high school.”
Sample says the IREAD-3 is not meant to diminish the efforts of individual school corporations, but will give educators a statewide snapshot of the reading landscape for students.