IREAD-3 Parent Guidance
Spring 2012 IREAD-3 window: March 19-21, 2012
As the parent of a South Madison student, the following information is designed to outline for you what Indiana law states about reading requirements for third graders. Reading is the core of the school day for young students. If you visit our elementary classroom, you will find children learning to read. They may be talking about the sounds letters make, listening to the teacher read a story, reading aloud together, working on a computer reading activity, talking/writing about what they have read, reading individually or in small groups, and other activities to support reading and reading comprehension.
The purpose of IREAD-3 assessment is to measure foundational reading standards through grade three. Based on the Indiana Academic Standards, IREAD-3 is a summative assessment that was developed in accordance with PL 109 which "requires the evaluation of reading skills for students who are in grade three beginning in the Spring of 2012 to ensure that all students can read proficiently before moving on to grade four."
Public Law 109 requires the evaluation of reading skills for students who are in grade three beginning in the Spring of 2012. This legislation was created to ensure that all students can read proficiently before moving on to grade four.
Last fall of 2010, educators from across the state worked with the Indiana Department of Education to develop a test blueprint and to review items that have now become the Indiana Reading Evaluation And Determination (IREAD) Assessment. Based on the Indiana Academic Standards, IREAD-3 (designated for grade three students) is a summative assessment that measures foundational reading standards through grade three.
At South Madison, we regularly assess reading abilities within the classroom. Beyond the assessment tools used within the classroom, the district has established systematic assessments for all elementary grades. In the primary grades, we use a tool called mClass Reading 3D which has been provided to us by a grant from the Indiana Department of Education. Reading 3D is comprised of DIBELS and TRC. mCLass Reading 3D fuses best practices across instructional approaches. DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) measures are designed to assess the five early literacy components: Phonological Awareness, Alphebetical Principle, Vocabulary, Comprehension, and Fluency. DIBELS measures allows educators to readily and reliably determine student progress. TRC (Text Reading and Comprehension) is a quick diagnostic indicator of reading level. (For more information on either program, please reference the links at the bottom of this page)
Beginning late fall, we will use Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) for all first through sixth grade students. This tool provides us with a Lexile score to help guide our instruction with each student. A Lexile measure is a piece of information about an individual's reading ability or a measure of the difficulty of a text, like a book or magazine. The Lexile measure is shown as a number with an "L" after it - 250L is a Lexile of 250. A Lexile measure can range from below 200L for beginning readers to above 1700: for advanced readers. Readers who score at or below 0L receive a BR for Beginning Reader. A book gets a Lexile text measure based on the text complexity - word frequency and sentence length. These measures are two strong predictors of how difficult a text is to comprehend. Lexile measures can assist students in finding books at an appropriate level of difficulty and determine how well that reader will likely comprehend the text. In addition, Lexile measures help monitor reader's growth in reading ability over time. (For more information on Lexile measures, watch the video at www.lexile.com/about-lexile/lexile-video/ )
In addition to IREAD-3, the State is providing school districts IREAD-K, IREAD-1, and IREAD-2. These tests are NOT high stake tests but instead are provided to schools to help us monitor student progress in kindergarten, first, and second grade. These "no-stakes" summative assessments will provide teachers and administration with the feedback necessary to track students progress and to make instructional decisions that will help ensure students success on IREAD-3. South Madison has chosen to utilize these assessments when they become available this spring. The assessments will be delivered during the last 4-5 weeks of the school calendar year. They are designed to be administered by the classroom teacher to individual students. The results of the evaluation will be shared with parents and used to help inform teachers' instructional decisions.
IREAD-3 Information from IDOE:
What is IREAD-3? IREAD-3 will be administered to students enrolled in grade 3. Achieving proficiency on this assessment fulfills the requirements of Public Law 109 (H.B. 1637), designed to ensure that students can read before accessing fourth grade curriculum. This assessment was piloted in Spring 2011. Following a standard setting process in the Summer of 2011 to set proficiency levels, the assessment will be operationalized in Spring 2012.
When is IREAD-3 administered? IREAD-3 will be administered following the ISTEP+ Applied Skills assessment window in mid-March.
What is assessed on IREAD-3? Based on the Indiana Academic Standards, IREAD-3 specifically assesses foundational reading standards through grade three.
What is the structure of IREAD-3? IREAD-3 includes three test sessions, which are comprised of multiple-choice questions only.
What results should I expect to receive? Since this assessment is administered as a pilot during Spring 2011, data was not be released formally for detailed instructional analysis. Cut scores were established from the pilot data. More detailed reports will be available once the assessment is operationalized in Spring 2012. Results from the pilot administration in Spring 2011 will not impact the promotion of current grade three students to grade four.
Operational assessment (Spring 2012): An assessment that is administered to students in which the data generated will be used to make determinations about the student. In Spring 2012, the reports generated by IDOE for IREAD-3 will be used to determine student access to the grade four curriculum. Students who do not pass IREAD-3 will not be permitted access to forth grade curriculum in accordance with the law. How this looks is under discussion at the building and district level as we follow the guidance provided to us from the State of Indiana.
Is there another opportunty to take IREAD-3? Students who do not pass IREAD-3 in teh spring have an opportunity to retest in the summer. Students who do not pass the spring or summer administrations of IREAD-3 will continue to receive instruction in Grade 3 Reading, will be officially reported as a third grader, and will fully participate in the Grade 3 ISTEP+ assessment. Retention requires schools to provide students who do not pass IREAD-3 with Grade 3 reading/literacy instruction. Literacy instruction may also include other content areas, such as science and social studies. The methods of organizing students for differentiated instruction are determined locally. The administration and teachers of South Madison are working on instructional options and seeking guidance from the Indiana Department of Education on approved methods of differentiating. More information will be shared with parents as discussions continue.
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Are there exemptions for students who do not pass the IREAD-3 assessment? Good Cause Exemptions that allow for flexibility in determining access to grade four curriculum include:
About the Assessment: IREAD-3 Test Specifics
The number of items per test session and the approximate time of each session are indicated below:
About the law:
Why 3rd grade from a Legislative view point ? Fourth Grade scores good predictors of the future
Key components of the law (Indiana Code) regarding IREAD-3 assessment are posted below. The full code is posted at the link above.
Indiana Code from www.in.gov/legislative/iac/T05110/A00062.PDF
511 IAC 6.2-3.1-1 Definitions
Sec. 2. (a) This rule applies to:
Sec. 3. The reading plan
The student shall not be retained if one of the following applies to the student:
(B) The student has a disability and a case conference committee has determined that promotion is appropriate.
(C) The student is an English learner and a committee...determines that promotion is appropriate based on the implementation of researched-based instructional practices outlined in the student's individual learning plan.
Sec. 1. The following definitions apply throughout this rule:
(10) "Reading deficiency" means reading at a level not equivalent to grade-level reading proficiency.
The Big 5 Ideas in Beginning Reading
Posted by John Wolf in Learning Connection, IDOE
Phonemic Awareness: The ability to hear and manipulate sounds in spoken words
Alphabetic Principle: The ability to associate sounds with letters and use these sounds to form words
Fluency with Text: The effortless, automatic ability to read words in connected text
Vocabulary: The ability to understand (receptive) and use (expressive) words to acquire and convey meaning
Comprehension: The complex cognitive process involving the intentional interaction between reader and text to convey meaning