The Lutheran Schools Partnership is extremely pleased to announce that 96 percent of students within The Lutheran Schools passed the IREAD-3 reading proficiency test that was administered to third-grade students throughout the state this year. Moreover, 100 percent of students at eight of the 17 Lutheran elementary schools in northeast Indiana passed the test.In contrast, just 84 percent of students statewide passed the IREAD-3, which is a new test to determine which third-graders are ready for the fourth grade. “Congratulations to our hardworking students and to our talented teachers and administrators for this very high level of achievement on the IREAD-3,” says Mark Muehl, director of The Lutheran Schools Partnership. “This 96-percent passing rate clearly demonstrates the quality of education provided by The Lutheran Schools.“The Lutheran Schools consistently strive to prepare students to achieve at every academic level—from kindergarten through college,” Muehl adds. “Our students also benefit from learning in a nurturing Christian environment that instills qualities that put our students in good stead wherever life leads them.”The Lutheran Schools are also inclusive, serving a broad spectrum of families with varying financial resources. In fact, 27 percent of Lutheran school students receive free and reduced lunches through the National School Lunch Program.