Exploration of Evaluation

Monroe County Community School Corporation places a premium on the significance of data in steering our instructional methods. This data furnishes tangible substantiation and invaluable discernments concerning pedagogy and erudition. Within our scholastic community, data occupies an indispensable role as an integral component of our Professional Learning Communities (PLC). We meticulously adhere to state assessment protocols, and our examination spectrum encompasses requisites for high-achievers, English language learners, and specified courses such as Advanced Placement, among others. Moreover, we employ suitable diagnostic and formative assessments to pinpoint tailored learning assistance for our scholars. Our educators receive comprehensive instruction in alignment with assessment requirements.

The Evaluation Department bears the responsibility of adhering to directives and executing state-level evaluations, including ILEARN (applicable to grades 3-8), ILEARN Biology, IREAD-3 (pertinent to grade 3), I AM (pertaining to grades 3-8 and 10 for students with pronounced cognitive disabilities), and ISTEP (relevant for grade 10). Please consult the provided references for exhaustive details on each evaluation.

Indiana State Assessments

ILEARN

ILEARN serves as a yardstick for gauging student accomplishment and progression in concordance with the Indiana Academic Standards. It stands as the summative gauge of accountability for Indiana's learners and assesses:

  • English/Language Arts (Comprising Grades 3-8)
  • Mathematics (Encompassing Grades 3-8)
  • Science (Covering Grades 4 and 6)
  • Social Studies (Specifically Addressing Grade 5)
  • Biology (For High School)

IREAD-3

The Indiana Reading Evaluation and Determination (IREAD-3) assessment evaluates the rudimentary reading benchmarks of third-grade scholars each spring. Conforming to Indiana Academic Standards, IREAD-3 functions as a summarizing appraisal developed in accordance with House Enrolled Act 1367, also recognized as Public Law 109 in 2010.

I AM

I AM gauges student accomplishment and development in harmony with Indiana's Content Connectors, meticulously aligned with Indiana Academic Standards. This evaluation is the summarizing instrument of accountability for pupils manifesting substantial cognitive disabilities in grades 3-8 and 10. Its domains of assessment embrace:

  • English/Language Arts (Encompassing Grades 3-8 and 10)
  • Mathematics (Inclusive of Grades 3-8 and 10)
  • Science (Engaging Grades 4, 6, and Biology)
  • Social Studies (Specifically Addressing Grade 5)

English Language Learner Evaluations

Kindly refer to this resource for detailed information concerning the WIDA Screener and ACCESS for ELLs evaluations.

The WIDA Screener constitutes an English proficiency evaluation administered to students spanning grades 1–12 upon their enrolment in educational institutions. Its primary goal is to ascertain students' eligibility for receiving English language development services. This assessment is conducted online.

The ACCESS for ELLs (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners) is an annual evaluation administered each year from January through February. Its purpose is to gauge a student's present level of English proficiency. The outcomes of this yearly evaluation are also employed for the purpose of educational institution accountability. In Indiana, the criteria for attaining fluent English proficiency is an Overall Composite Proficiency Level of 5.0 or higher.



Elementary School Directory: Monroe County Community School Corporation (Bloomington Home Search)

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  • Arlington Heights Elementary School Contact: (812) 330-7747 Headed by Principal Micah Heath Location: 700 West Parrish Road Website: www.mccsc.edu/arlingtonheights
  • Binford Elementary School Contact: (812) 330-7741 Principal: Courtney Ladyman Address: 2300 East Second Street Website: www.mccsc.edu/binford
  • Childs Elementary School Contact: (812) 330-7756 Principal: Steven Marshall Location: 2211 South High Street Website: www.mccsc.edu/childs
  • Clear Creek Elementary School Contact: (812) 824-2811 Interim Principal: Mitch Bratton Address: 300 West Clear Creek Drive Website: www.mccsc.edu/clearcreek
  • Fairview Elementary School Contact: (812) 330-7732 Principal: Shawn Gobert Location: 500 West 7th Street Website: www.mccsc.edu/fairview
  • Grandview Elementary School Contact: (812) 825-3009 Principal: Claire Mickey Address: 2300 South Endwright Road Website: www.mccsc.edu/grandview
  • Highland Park Elementary School Contact: (812) 825-7673 Principal: Cassidy Rockhill Location: 900 South Park Square Drive Website: www.mccsc.edu/highlandpark
  • Lakeview Elementary School Contact: (812) 330-7767 Principal: Dr. Regina Sue Lanham Address: 9090 Strain Ridge Road Website: www.mccsc.edu/lakeview
  • Marlin Elementary School Contact: (812) 330-7750 Principal: Aaron Ritter Location: 1655 East Bethel Lane Website: www.mccsc.edu/marlin
  • Rogers Elementary School Contact: (812) 330-7730 Principal: Lisa Roberts Address: 2200 East 2nd Street Website: www.mccsc.edu/rogers
  • Summit Elementary School Contact: (812) 330-2011 Principal: Missy Douglas Location: 1450 West Countryside Lane Website: www.mccsc.edu/summit
  • Templeton Elementary School Contact: (812) 330-7735 Principal: Tim Dowling Address: 1400 South Brenda Lane Website: www.mccsc.edu/templeton
  • Unionville Elementary School Contact: (812) 332-0175 Principal: Andrea Mobley Location: 8144 East State Road 45, Unionville, IN Website: www.mccsc.edu/unionville
  • University Elementary School Contact: (812) 330-7753 Principal: Glen Hopkins Address: 1111 North Russell Road Website: www.mccsc.edu/university
  • Early Learning Center Contact: (812) 330-7830 Address: 401 East Miller Drive Website: www.mccsc.edu/Page/4223
  • Hoosier Hills Child Care Center Contact: (812) 330-7830 Address: 3070 North Prow Road Website: www.mccsc.edu/Page/4223

Introducing ReadyUp: A Ready Schools Initiative

The Monroe County Community Schools Corporation places paramount importance on the comprehensive preparation of every student for the challenges of college, career, and life. In the summer of 2018, our corporation was awarded the prestigious Ready Schools Planning Grant by Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc. (ROI). This grant marked the commencement of a transformative journey characterized by a design thinking process, the aim of which was to formulate a plan with a systemic alignment of our preK-12 curricula and programs. This alignment is intended to cater to the diverse needs of our students and to grant them increased access to explore post-secondary education and various career pathways. As a culmination of this rigorous design-thinking endeavor, MCCSC had the privilege to seek additional implementation funding through ROI.

Throughout the entire planning phase, representatives from each MCCSC school served diligently on design teams. Simultaneously, an esteemed advisory team comprised of community and industry experts was constituted. The selection of these team members was guided by feedback from our principals, and their roles within the community and local workforce played a pivotal role in their appointment. Our advisory team further benefited from the inclusion of representatives from Ivy Tech and Indiana University. After meticulous analysis of the data amassed during the design thinking process, five key focal areas emerged, namely: project/problem/inquiry-based learning, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) education supplemented by hands-on learning, career awareness initiatives, entrepreneurship programs, and fostering community and industry partnerships.

The Ready Schools Implementation Plan charts an ambitious course, encompassing a comprehensive PK-12 strategy that immerses students in all five of these critical focus areas. The plan delineates a host of opportunities for students to partake in:

  • Real-world learning and collaboration through project-based learning (PBL): This approach fosters practical skills and teamwork.
  • STEAM and hands-on learning opportunities: These are integrated into the curriculum across all our schools, facilitated through the STEM to Them Mobile Lab.
  • Career exploration: Students are exposed to a wide array of careers to enable informed decisions about their postsecondary pathways.
  • Entrepreneurship opportunities: These programs nurture students' innovative mindset and equip them with problem-solving skills to address real-world challenges.
  • Community and industry partnerships: Our students engage in experiential learning, with opportunities such as internships, mock interviews, job shadows, guest speakers, field trips, and more, all designed to connect them with real-world scenarios.

In sum, the Ready Schools Implementation Plan is poised to equip MCCSC students to excel not only in college and their chosen careers but also in the broader landscape of life itself.

These focus areas are in direct alignment with several initiatives mandated by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE). For instance, as part of the State STEM Strategic Plan, it is anticipated that 100% of teachers will be trained in PBL by 2025, and all schools will implement a STEM curriculum within six years. This STEM plan also places an emphasis on fostering early exposure to STEM careers and cultivating partnerships with businesses and industries. Commencing this academic year, schools are expected to incorporate instruction on the new Employability Skills Standards. The efforts of Ready Schools dovetail seamlessly with the new Graduation Pathway mandates and the initiatives of the Governor's Workforce Cabinet.