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MCCSC Parents Concerned With Classroom Learning, Transparency

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MCCSC Officials say they began their transition to implementing instructional technology in classrooms in 2011. ((Alex Eady, WFIU/WTIU News))

Parents of Monroe County Community School Corporation students are speaking out against the district’s practices of integrating digital learning in the classrooms.

During Tuesday’s Board of Trustees meeting a group of concerned parents presented comments on ways they think the corporation should improve assessment strategies and overall communication with parents about their students’ progress.

Parents say they’re worried that digital learning apps and iPad use are reducing the social interactions between students and their teachers.

Several other parents echoed their opposition to the use of assessment apps like ExactPath, a reading, language arts and math program that MCCSC officials say mimics the ILEARN assessment.

But parents at the meeting say the app makes tracking student progress difficult and are calling for more transparency about why certain testing is necessary.

Parents also spoke about class sizes. They oppose classrooms that average 30 students or more.

Keri Miksza has two children in the district. She says class size is largely a problem in Title 1 schools, or schools with 40 percent or more of students on free or reduced lunch. She says although it may be challenging for public schools, the corporation should prioritize reducing the number of students in each class.

"We have a $6 million referendum. I think there are ways that we can manage to bring down the average class size," says Miksza.

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Markay Winston says the corporation is constantly evaluating ways to optimize instruction.

She says the corporation supports active instructional technology use into the classroom, which fosters creation and peer collaboration.

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