The Indiana Reading Evaluation and Determination (IREAD-3) is a grade three reading assessment developed in accordance with state legislation. IREAD-3 is designed to measure foundational reading skills based on Indiana Academic Standards through grade three. The Indiana State Board of Education set forth guidance schools must use when making decisions about grade-level promotion, instructional plans, and Good Cause Exemption eligibility for individual students. The intent is to ensure each student receives the appropriate reading remediation based on IREAD-3 test data and their individual learning needs.
- Frequently Asked Questions
When is the IREAD-3 assessment held?
The spring IREAD-3 assessment window is held annually in March. The summer retest opportunity is held each summer beginning in May. View this year’s assessment windows on the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) Assessment webpage.
What is the test design for IREAD-3?
IREAD-3 is an online, timed, multiple-choice only assessment consisting of three separate test segments. The first segment measures foundational reading skills, including phonics and vocabulary. The remaining two segments assess students’ ability to silently read and comprehend nonfiction and literary texts. Indiana educator committees collaborated with content experts to create the IREAD-3 Test Blueprint and Item Specifications and ensure all test items align to Indiana Academic Standards.
Who participates in IREAD-3?
IREAD-3 is required for all grade three students. Students are required to retest if they do not pass unless they are granted a Good Cause Exemption. Beginning in the spring of 2022, IDOE created an opportunity for schools to opt in to administer IREAD-3 to grade two students as well. Schools that opt in must administer the assessment to all grade two students.
How will students receive scores?
Scores will become available to relevant users through the Cambium Assessment, Inc. (CAI) Centralized Reporting System (CRS). Schools are responsible for providing results to students and families locally using the Individual Student Report (ISR).
- Additional IREAD-3 Resources and Guidance
- IREAD-3 Test Blueprints
The IREAD-3 Test Blueprint defines the essential content which will be measured by the assessment.
- IREAD-3 Item Specifications
The IREAD-3 Item Specifications define exactly how each standard will be measured on the assessment. Item specifications are used by professional item writers to create items and include information such as evidence statements, Depth of Knowledge requirements, and sample items.
- Sample Items, Scoring, and Reporting Resources
IREAD-3 Assessment Portal: Released Items Repository
IDOE releases 10 items from the IREAD-3 assessment every year. These items may be used as sample assessments to familiarize students with test content and format.
- IREAD-3 Performance Level Descriptors
- 2022-2023 Indiana Interpretive Guide for Statewide Assessments (Coming Soon)
- IREAD-3 Technical Reports
The Indiana Reading Evaluation and Determination (IREAD-3) 2021-2022 Technical Report is provided to document and make transparent all methods used in item development, test construction, psychometric methods, standard setting, score reporting methods, summarizing student assessment results, and providing supporting evidence for intended uses and interpretations of the test scores.
For general assistance regarding statewide assessments, please contact IDOE’s Office of Student Assessment via email at INassessments@doe.in.gov or phone at (317) 232-9050.