Approaching Math in a New Way Helps an Indiana School Adapt to Rigor

Mount Vernon, IN

Farmersville Elementary Prepares for ILEARN

Students at Farmersville Elementary School in the Metropolitan School District of Mt. Vernon in Indiana (MSD Mt. Vernon) had historically performed above the state average on end-of-year assessments. However, district leaders wanted to raise their students’ performance in math. In order to do so, they knew they needed to enhance mathematics instruction, specifically to support students’ development of skills, including critical thinking and problem solving.

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“Our teachers’ belief in the new way we were delivering math instruction grew through their experience in the trenches—in the classroom. Teachers saw students having those ‘Aha!’ moments. They realized kids were making connections that made them think, ‘Wow, I can’t believe they’re thinking that way!’ Even before teachers saw any kind of assessment data, student discourse and [collaborative] comments made teachers believe in the Ready/i-Ready approach to instruction.” Elizabeth Johns, Director of Curriculum

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