MERRILLVILLE | Merrillville Community High School has been selected as one of 16 model schools for 2013 by the International Center for Leadership in Education.
With 2,400 students, Merrillville Community High School is the only large minority-majority high school to earn an “A” from the state of Indiana. Also boasting a 90-percent graduation rate, Merrillville employed a school-wide literacy initiative and mentoring program that resulted in positive student behavior, decreased discipline referrals, and increased graduation rate, all of which made the school an obvious choice as one of the International Center’s Model Schools. As a chosen school, Merrillville High School will share its most innovative practices at the 21st annual Model Schools Conference, the nation’s premier event in K through 12 education.
Associate Principal Lori Covaciu will present a session entitled “Balancing Behavior and Academics” to the thousands of educators from across the nation who plan to attend. The session will focus on how the leadership team supported teachers by setting clear and consistent goals and incorporating open ended response questions on assessments and grading them with a common rubric. In addition to increased graduation rate and improved behavior, these strategies led to a dramatic improvement in student performance.
“We are so pleased to be welcoming Merrillville Community High School as a Model School this year,” Bill Daggett, Founder and Chairman of the International Center said. "They are using some truly remarkable strategies that have delivered clear results. I know the attendees will benefit from hearing about their most effective and innovative practices, addressing the new, more rigorous requirements and at the same time improving student performance dramatically by a number of measures."
The process of identifying and analyzing schools is based on the Learning Criteria, Common Core success, and innovative best practices that have led to rapid improvement in student achievement.