Knox Community School Board Dissects IREAD Results

Superintendent A.J. Gappa
Superintendent A.J. Gappa
The Knox Community School Board received a positive IREAD testing report.

The IREAD test is a state test given to all third grade students to measure their reading abilities and comprehension. If the student does not pass the test, he or she will be able to go through remediation and take the test again in the summer.

Superintendent A.J. Gappa said this is the second year for the test and there was improvement.

“We had 150 students tested and of those 150, 135 passed which is 90 percent. That’s compared to 83 percent last year so that shows a great improvement,” stated Gappa.

Of the 15 students who did not pass the test, only six will have to retake the test.

“Nine of those will receive an exemption – eight due to special needs and one is an English language learner. That really only leaves six students that have to possibly retake the test. Two of those students missed the cut score by only two points. All 15 students are now receiving remediation and they will be eligible to retake the test this summer,” said Gappa.

The non-exempt students who pass this summer will move onto fourth grade.

“We had five non-exempt students who were remediated with the Wilson Reading Program which we implemented this year and all five of those students passed this spring. We feel that was a good result from the IREAD test this spring,” Gappa explained.