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How Students In Your School Or District Fared On The 2013 IREAD-3 Test

91.1 percent of Indiana students passed a high-stakes reading skills test this year, either on their first try in March or during a retake over the summer, state officials announced Wednesday. More on that here. We’ve made a map showing every Indiana school district’s final IREAD-3 pass rate. Take a look. We’ve also made sortable [...]

The Older Students Get, The Less They Read For Fun

On the second-to-last day of classes, Sandorf passes out John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" to his students. He hopes he can "get them hooked" and that some students will finish the story over the summer with the assistance of a district-provided online program.

“Here’s a bit of data that confirms what we already suspect,” Jill Barshay writes at The Hechinger Report, pointing to federal statistics showing fewer than one in five 17-year-olds report reading on their own time daily. While daily reading among teens have slipped significantly in the past three decades, 9-year-olds are reading as much as ever [...]

NYT: Why Teachers Tend To Impact Math Scores More Than Reading Scores

On the second-to-last day of classes, Sandorf passes out John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" to his students. He hopes he can "get them hooked" and that some students will finish the story over the summer with the assistance of a district-provided online program.

While school leaders “often fret about the state of math education, particularly in comparison with other countries,” New York Times education reporter Motoko Rich writes teachers’ greater challenge may be boosting reading scores — particularly at low-income schools: Studies have repeatedly found that “teachers have bigger impacts on math test scores than on English test scores,” [...]

Why Holding Back Third Graders Who Fail Reading Tests Isn't A Silver Bullet Strategy

Two third grade students at Bloomington's Clear Creek Elementary play 'Concentration' as part of teacher Amy Swafford's lesson on syllables.

Retention for students who don’t pass third grade reading exams works best when used in concert with other intervention strategies, according to a policy brief released Thursday by the Center on Children and Families at The Brookings Institution: Policies encouraging the retention of students who have not acquired basic reading skills by third grade are no substitute [...]

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