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Record Number: 8762
Displayed from: May 15, 2012 , until: Jun 30, 2012

Nearly 80 percent of third-graders in Fort Wayne Community Schools passed the IREAD-3 exam given to students for the first time this year.

The state-wide exam is intended to determine if third-graders have the foundational reading skills needed to succeed. The test measures phonics, vocabulary and comprehension based on Indiana's third-grade academic standards.

Of the 2,271 FWCS students who took the exam in March, 1,778, or 78.3 percent, passed. Those who did not pass on the first attempt will have another opportunity in June after participating in the district's summer IREAD-3 program. For those who do not pass on the second attempt, school officials will examine the circumstances of each student individually to determine a course of action, which could include retaining the student in third grade.

About 200 students who did not pass the exam initially are English Language Learner or Special Education students. Many ELL and Special Education students will be given Good Cause Exemptions and will not be at risk of being retained.

Of the district's 32 schools with third-graders, three had passing rates of 90 percent or higher Glenwood Park, Holland and Washington elementary schools and 13 additional had passing rates of 80 percent or higher.

This exam gives us one more piece of data to examine as we continuously strive to educate all children to high standards, Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson said. The results confirmed what the majority of teachers already knew about their students and provided them with another opportunity to talk to parents about their child's academic progress.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.