Earning the Highest Mark from Indiana Department of Education
The Indiana Department of Education designated the Monroe County Community School Corporation as a 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Indiana “A” School Corporation! In addition to the grade earned in 2015 by the Corporation, eight elementary schools, three middle schools, and three high schools received an “A” grade ranking at the building level. The state designation marks the fourth such designation in a row for MCCSC, and we are extremely proud of our students, teachers and the entire school community!
The “A” corporation rating is a confirmation of the excellent education occurring in our classrooms and the support students receive at home. “I am very proud of our students, staff, and parents,” Superintendent Dr. Judith A. DeMuth said. “Our teachers and staff have worked tirelessly to ensure that students master and model the essential learnings. Robust teaching and learning are happening every day in MCCSC. Being a 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 ‘A’ School Corporation recognizes years of hard work. We know we are on the right track. Congratulations!”
“The grades are one indication of the outstanding efforts of the school community to guarantee that all children learn at high levels. It is a validation,” said Director of Secondary Education Jan Bergeson. “Staff, students, and parents are doing the work it takes to succeed. We are providing the best possible learning environment.”
How schools are graded
Beginning with the 2010-11 academic year, the IDOE changed the labels for school categories based on student performance from the original terms of Exemplary, Commendable, Academic Progress, Academic Watch and Academic Probation to corresponding letter grades: A, B, C, D and F. The change was an effort to help parents and community members better understand how their schools were performing. For 2011-2012, the methods used to calculate the letters grades changed significantly.
Elementary and Middle School Grades
School corporations and individual public school grade ratings are based in performance on the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Performance (ISTEP+) Exam, individual student growth from one year to the next, and rate of participation on the test.
High School Grades
School corporations and individual public school grade ratings are based on the following performance areas:
- English 10 End of Course Assessment - Schools receive a score based on the percentage of tenth grade students who have passed the English 10 ECA.
- Algebra I End of Course Assessment - Schools receive a score based on the percentage of tenth grade students who have passed the Algebra I ECA. Points may be earned or deducted based on performance improvement percentage areas from eighth grade ISTEP to tenth grade ECA and from tenth grade ECA to graduation ECA.
- Graduation Rate - Schools receive a score based on their four-year graduation rate.
- College and Career Readiness - Schools receive a score based on the percentage of graduates who receive at least one of the following: a passing score on an Advanced Placement exam; a passing score on an International Baccalaureate exam; three college credits; or an approved industry certification.
More work to doKeith Klein, president and member of the Board of School Trustees is not surprised about by MCCSC's achievements. He knows that the abilities of students, programs, teachers, and staff have led to this moment, and will do so beyond. “We want to expand from this point of success,” he said. “We want to use this achievement as momentum to keep moving forward.”
MCCSC celebrates the achievement of being an “A” School Corporation, yet educators are fully aware that there is room for improvement, and that it will take dedication to advance the growth we are experiencing as a school community. Each year is a whole new challenge. “We must exhibit high levels of learning each year. There are still opportunities for growth.” Added Mrs. Bergeson, “We understand that this grading system is one indicator of success, and our expectation is that all students will learn at higher levels than are measured by state assessments.”