Student Learning Criteria

Learning Criteria – 2012-2013

Bellevue High School Learning Criteria for the 2012-2013 School Year

Core Academic Learning (Learning in English/Mathematics/Science) What is the core learning we stand behind for each/every student?

  • Rigorous and Relevant Curriculum – All Curricular Areas – Rigor and Relevance Framework
  • Dual-Credit/PSEO Courses and Enrollment – 57 courses/120 students (328 total enrollments)  took one or more courses for 2011-2012 school year; 20 courses taught directly at Bellevue High School
  • Grade Point Average Improvements – Failure Rate in classes at BHS has been declining based upon “Doing Whatever it Takes” to allow students opportunities to show their learning and expecting students to show their learning
  • ACT Scores/Results (College Readiness Score & Trends) –  37 of 53 (69.8%) 2012 Graduates took the ACT; 34/47 (72%) of 2011 graduates took the ACT; 44/63 (69%) of 2010 Graduates took the ACT; 19/43 (44.2%) of 2009 Graduates took the ACT; 27/42 (64.3%) of 2008 Graduates took the ACT; 27/60 (45%) of 2007 Graduates took the ACT
  • PLAN Assessment for Academic Standing and Career Pathways – All sophomores take the PLAN
  • Post-Secondary Enrollment (Longitudinal & Yearly Trends) – 85.9% of 2012 graduates; 87.2% of 2011 graduates 82.8% of 2010 graduates; 70.3% of 2009 graduates;
  • On-Line Grading System – JMC
  • Study Table – During the school day (last block of the day)
  • MAP Assessment – Instructional Design – By all students in grades 6-9
  • Multiple Assessment Measures – Iowa Testing, MAP, We Survey, PLAN, ACT, ASVAB, Cognitive Tutor Assessments


Stretch Learning (Rigorous & Relevant learning beyond minimum requirements) How do we insure that we stretch each/every learner?

  • Dual-Credit & ICN Course Enrollment @ BHS – % of Students

2010 Graduates

  • Enrolled in a minimum of 2 college courses – 47/63 (74%)
  • Enrolled in a minimum of 1 college course – 61/64 (95.3%)
  • Earned an average of 14 credits while in high school

o       17% (10) earned 20+ credits

o       25% (15) earned 18+ credits

o       47% (28) earned 15+ credits

2011 Graduates

  • Enrolled in a minimum of 2 college courses – 46/47 (98%)
  • Enrolled in a minimum of 1 college course – 46/47 (98%)
  • Earned an average of 17 credits while in high school

o       2% (1) earned 30+ credits

o       15% (7) earned 24+ credits

o       38% (18) earned 20+ credits

o       62% (29) earned 15+ credits

2012 Graduates

  • Enrolled in 3 or more college courses – 46/57 (80.7%)
  • Enrolled in a minimum of 2 college courses – 48/57 (84.2%%)
  • Enrolled in a minimum of 1 college courses – 54/57 (94.7%%)
  • Earned an average of 16 credits while in high school

o       3.6% (2) earned 50+ credits

o       5.4% (3) earned 40+ credits

o       7.3% (4) earned 30+ credits

o       14.5% (8) earned 24+ credits

o       30.9% (17) earned 20+ credits

o       54.5% (30) earned 15+ credits

Class of 2011 (As Juniors)

  • 85% were enrolled in a minimum of one course
  • 43% were enrolled in a minimum of two courses

Class of 2012 (As Juniors)

  • 90% were enrolled in a minimum of one course
  • 67% were enrolled in a minimum of two courses

              Class of 2013 (As Juniors)

  • 84% were enrolled in a minimum of one course
  • 43% were enrolled in a minimum of two courses
  • Wireless Campus – Internet access in each building and on the entire school campus
  • Student Technology Access – Ratio of MS/HS students to computers – ALL 9th through 12th grade students have their own laptop computer to use in school and at home; MS students have a 1.8:1 student to computer ratio; In addition, one updated PC business lab with 20 computers, and one PC technology lab with 26 computers
  • High Standards/High Expectations/No Excuses for all students @ all times
  • Iowa Core Graduation Requirements & Enrollment in Second Language Course – Over 92% of students enrolled in a foreign language (Spanish) at some level; Refer to Dual-Credit enrollment for data on Juniors and Seniors in College-Level Spanish
  • “Real-Life” experiences for students – Spanish Trip to Spain for 23 students during the 2010-2011 school year; Job Shadowing and Career Opportunities; Relevant Learning Curriculum for students; Community Engagement opportunities for students and a Service Learning/Senior Project Component
  • PLAN to All Students – In place since 2008
  • ACT Preparation Tests to All Students – ACT Study Nights offered during the school year in Literacy, Math & Science
  • Enrollment in Second-Language Courses – An average of 70% of graduates each year take 4 years of Spanish in HS
  • Graduation Requirements – Algebra and Biology required for all graduates; All 8th Grade students take Algebra; Potentially moving to more than this in the future – Currently in effect for ALL HS students at this time
  • MS courses that are beyond the norm – Technology application courses, Documentaries, “Real-Life Math”, other 21st Century Skill classes that are preparing students for HS and the application of their learning
  • Technology application of learning – “Web 2.0” replacing “Web 1.0 – Sharing information outside of the walls of the Bellevue Community School District – Podcasts, iMovies, websites, etc.
  • Literacy (Reading and Writing) component in each classroom, each day…no excuses!

Student Engagement (The extent students are motivated/committed to learning, have a sense of belonging and accomplishment, and have relationships with adults, peers and parents that support learning)

How do we know our students are motivated, committed, and engaged in learning?

  • Student Engagement and Application of their learning – Student products sharing learning outside of the building (Youtube downloads, Podcasts, iMovies, Websites, etc.)
  • Student Pep Rally -Student Recognition for Academic Achievements – Student Recognition Awards – Staff Assemblies with Student Recognition in the 2012-2013 school year
  • Positive Progress Reports – Requirement to send home reports quarterly
  • Pyramid of Interventions & “Zero-Block” & 9thBlock” Learning Opportunities – Tutoring as an aspect of this time to offer academic assistance and increase learning opportunities
  • On-Track to Graduate with Cohort Group (after Junior Year) – 98.2% of the Class of 2013; 96.7% of the Class of 2012; 94% of the Class of 2011
  • Career Planning Activities – 4-Year plans in place for all students in grades 9-12; 21st Century Career course for students in high school and middle school; Career Tech Workplace opportunities for students with credit for students; Regular Career Exploratory Trips for Students during the school year
  • The “Power of I” – “Failure is not an Option”
  • Pre- & Post-Test Measurement for Learning – In all classes
  • Real-Life Learning Activities – Rigor and Relevance Framework; Application of Learning as a requirement for all staff in classrooms for students and their learning
  • Portable Lab Accessibility – 1:1 Initiative for all high school students (grades 9-12); 3 portable lab carts for grades 6-8 (70 total computers in carts)
  • Attendance Rate – Consistently above state average and requirements
  • Walk-Through Data – Measuring Student Learning Activities, Technology Use & Student Engagement
  • Mentoring Groups – In progress in Study Table and through the IRIS program


Personal Skill Development (Measures of personal, social, service, and leadership skills and demonstrations of positive behaviors and attitudes)

What evidence supports the development of positive behaviors and attitudes, and how do we measure personal, social, service and leadership skills?

  • Opportunities for Students – School Sponsored “extra” activities for students in addition to the common extracurricular experiences that are life-long activities – Bowling, Archery, Envirothon, Yearbook, etc.

o       94% of HS students involved in extracurricular activities of some type in each school year

o       87% of HS students involved in 2 or more extracurricular activities of some type each school year

  • Junior Achievement/SCORE – Business Partners – In place since 2008 school year
  • Web Design Connection with Businesses & Organizations – In place since 2008 school year
  • Service Learning (in-school and in the community) – Expansion to more community organizations
  • Application to 2- or 4-Year Colleges by All Students

o       Increase in college (training) attendance by students since 2007

o       Class of 2012 – 85.9% attending college after graduation

o       Class of 2011 – 87.2% attending college after graduation

o       Class of 2010 – 82.8% attending college after graduation

o       Class of 2009 – 70.3% attending college after graduation

  • Completion of Financial Aid Application Forms by All Students yearly
  • 21st Century Skills for All Students – Common Core Curriculum
  • Common Writing/Presentation Rubric for All Students & All Classes – In place
  • Olweus Anti-Bullying Program – In place for MS and HS Students
  • “We Survey” – Taken bi-annually by all students in grades 6-12 (Student/Teacher Perceptions)
  • Student Leadership Activities (Student Council & Others) – Various and Increasing numbers of opportunities for students







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