Perry Township superintendent
The ability to measure a child’s academic achievement is important to the continued improvement and growth of Perry Township Schools. Achievement tests are used to measure the skill attainment of an individual child, as well as provide a measure of achievement in comparing schools and school districts. The measure builds into a level of accountability that is welcomed by the district.
In the spring of 2012 the Indiana Department of Education introduced a new assessment called IREAD-3 (Indiana Reading Evaluation And Determination) for third-graders. The assessment specifically provides a standard to measure all pupils and their ability to read and comprehend material at the third-grade level.
The achievement test is composed of three tests administered over a two-day period. Accommodations are provided, as needed, to support students. For example, some children may require large print, braille or amplification equipment.
The content is based on the Indiana Academic Standards and measures the following skills: beginning, ending and vowel sounds, synonyms, antonyms, homographs, suffixes, context clues, vocabulary and reading comprehension.
If you are interested in viewing a sample of the test, visit http://lsurl.me/12KXH. I believe you will be surprised at the level of difficulty. The test is challenging for many who have not attended school for a while.
We all know that attitude and motivation play a large role in the success that our children will achieve. Our schools emphasize the importance of eating a good breakfast and attendance on test days.
Letters were mailed to parents in conjunction with a report of their students’ results. Parents of students who did not pass received phone calls from the school. Those children are invited and encouraged to attend a summer school session specifically designed for IREAD-3 remediation.
Mastery of reading skills is a crucial milestone of our third-graders. It is often described as moving from learning to read to reading to learn. We welcome testing that provides data to identify those children who need additional support before moving on to the rigors of Grade 4.
This year the district is proud to announce that 47 pupils recorded perfect scores. These outstanding children and their parents will be honored by the board of education at a reception before its May meeting.
Perry Township … Perry Pride!