Idaho Reading Indicator
The State Department of Education has only released skeletal results from the fall reading test. The full data report is important, because it will allow parents and patrons to see how K-3 students fared in their neighborhood schools.
Results from this year’s Idaho Reading Indicator were a mixed bag. Several demographic groups gained a bit of ground. For other student groups, chronic “achievement gaps” only grew wider.
It took several months, but the State Department of Education released final numbers from the spring tests late Thursday afternoon. Here’s a breakdown of some key numbers.
Greg Wilson, Gov. Brad Little’s education adviser, pointed to one specific spring score: 73.5 percent of third-graders were reading at grade level.
One key number: Nearly 26,000 K-3 students left Idaho schools this spring reading below grade level. And that’s after reading scores improved significantly over the school year.
This fall, K-3 students took a new test designed to offer a more complete measure of reading skills. State officials say the 2018 scores should not be compared with numbers from the previous test.
State officials are concerned about perceptions — and the inevitable comparisons. They say the new test is significantly different than its predecessor, so it’s impossible to compare the results.