Testing at IHM
At IHM we use quarterly assessments, NWEA and ISTEP testing data to help evaluate progress and determine areas for improvement. Students participate in NWEA evaluations three times throughout the year, quarterly assessments, and ISTEP annually. In 2015, IHM had the highest ISTEP passing rate of any Catholic school within the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and we continue to achieve this level of excellence year after year.
Leveling & Differentiated Instruction
IHM uses NWEA testing data along with various benchmarks, including quarterly assessments, teacher input and observation to create a system of student leveling in our Math & Reading programs and differentiated instruction in all subject areas.
The practice of leveling and differentiated instruction allows our staff to focus on each students’ individual needs, helping every child to grasp each concept fully to build a foundation of strong comprehension and retention.
We utilize NWEA assessment data, which is collected three times throughout the school year, to continually assess and identify student strengths and areas of need so that we can meet a student where they are and help them to advance, maximizing each child’s academic potential.
STEM & Project Lead the Way
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is an organization that develops STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) curricula with a mission to prepare students for the global economy. All IHM students, K-8th grade, have the opportunity to participate in PLTW as a part of their STEM class in our state-of-the-art lab built in the summer of 2016. It is our goal, through STEM and PLTW, to teach our students essential problem-solving strategies and life-long skills. STEM encourages our students to think critically and creatively, to communicate and collaborate with others and to embrace the process of learning from failure. PLTW empowers our children and helps them to become better learners, problem solvers and critical thinkers, which we believe will be essential skills in the modern world.
Leader in Me Program:
The Leader in Me is a whole school transformation process that teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader. The process teaches students the skills needed for academic success in any setting. These skills include critical thinking, goal setting, listening and speaking, self-directed learning, presentation-making and the ability to work in groups.