Curriculum

At Decatur County Community Schools our educational philosophy is, “All students can learn, and it is our responsibility to make sure each and every student reaches their potential so they will be successful in their pursuits for higher education and careers.” DCCS curriculum adheres to Indiana state standards in all subjects, including the core areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. We also offer instruction in art, music, and physical education.

High Reliability Schools

All four of our schools have achieved certification as Level 1 High Reliability schools for promoting highly effective student learning.

Based on 40 years of educational research, the Marzano High Reliability School Certification framework defines five progressive levels of performance that a school must master to become a high reliability school—where all students learn the content and skills they need for success in college, careers, and beyond.

This is not a new or additional initiative to integrate into the curriculum; rather, this framework shows how best practices work together and provides indicators to empower districts and schools to measure their progress on attaining five increasing levels of reliability:

  1. Safe and Collaborative Culture
  2. Effective Teaching in Every Classroom
  3. Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum
  4. Standards-Referenced Reporting
  5. Competency-Based Education

Assessment Testing

DCCS utilizes assessment tools produced by NWEA to illuminate every student’s learning needs and help our teachers target instruction accordingly. This data also assists administrators in making well-informed system-wide decisions.

We test to measure student growth and proficiency three times per school year: fall, winter, and spring. We assess K–10 students in the areas of reading, language, and mathematics.

Curriculum Staff

Debbie Reynolds
Director of Learning
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