Testing tension eases at schools

For the second time Indiana third-graders will be tested on whether they’re reading at grade level, but this year could be one of the last for the state exam.

In March, the second class of students will take the statewide reading assessment, which is a source of concern for local school officials and the new state superintendent of instruction, who say a pass/fail test is not the best way to gauge reading ability.

Third-graders took the test, called IREAD-3, for the first time last year. School officials believed they already were doing everything possible to teach elementary school students how to read well, but no one knew what questions students would be asked or how they would perform.

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