Recently published data reveals majority of young pupils at elementary able to read proficiently
New data collected from assessments given out over the past school year reveal that reading scores of the majority of students attending the Alta Elementary school met the proficiency and comprehension standards set by the state, and the percentages of students reading at or above those proficiency levels improved in nearly every grade over the academic year.
The Basic Reading Inventory (BRI), an alternative assessment to the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS), recorded the proficiency and comprehension levels of students in grades K-6 in both the fall of 2001 and the spring of 2002. The individualized test, in which students read passages from books and answered questions over a variety of reading concept, was targeted to gauge the number of students scoring above 65 percent (proficient) and 85 percent (very proficient) in each grade section of the school.
The results of the test showed that 100 percent of students in second and fifth grade reached at least the 65-percent level plateau in the spring of 2002, and more than 90 percent of students in kindergarten, first grade, third grade and sixth grade also scored above the proficiency level.
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