Making the grade? Proficiency rates drop in most districts


Brownstown Central Elementary School third-grader Kayonna Sword listens to Fee before starting a reading exercise. FILE PHOTO

Brownstown Central Elementary School teacher Tonya Fee talks with students about a reading assignment in 2013. FILE PHOTO

Nearly all Jackson County schools dropped in the percentage of third-graders passing the state reading proficiency exam, but educators expect those numbers to increase after a second round of testing this summer.

Crothersville Community Schools was the only district to show a gain on the Indiana Reading Evaluation and Determination assessment, or IREAD-3, with 87.5 percent of students passing the test this spring, a 3 percentage point increase from last year’s scores.

In Seymour Community Schools, 78.6 percent of third-graders passed, a 6.5 point drop from 2013; Brownstown fell 5.4 percentage points to 86.8 percent; and Medora dropped 11.7 percentage points to 78.3 percent.

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