|What we measure
||How we measure it
||Why it is important
|On-time high school graduation rate (within 4 years)
|| As reported by OSPI, this is the state's "Actual Adjusted On-Time Cohort Graduation Rate" and represents those students who were reported as graduating during the 2009-10 school year and whose expected graduation year was 2010. See http://reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us/Glossary.aspx.
||High school graduation is a signal that students are prepared for higher education and the work world. Each district can set its own high school graduation requirements beyond what the state mandates, and Bellevue has one of the most rigorous graduation requirements in the region.
|Graduates meeting Washington state four-year college admissions requirements
||Percent of the high school graduating class meeting Washington's 4-year college admissions requirements (4 years of English, 3 of math, 3 of social studies, 2 of lab science, 2 of the same foreign language, and 1 of fine arts). For more detail and upcoming changes to the requirements, see: http://www.hecb.wa.gov/sites/default/files/MCAS-OverviewParents-Rev2011_0.pdf.
||Completing these requirements makes students eligible for state college admission and is an indicator of college preparedness.
|High school graduates passing 2 or more college-level courses during high school
||Percent of graduating seniors who took at least one Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or Running Start (college) course during high school.
||Research has shown that passing at least one AP exam in high school positively impacts students' college completion rate (details at the College Board's website). Per the report's summary: "Simply said, a high-quality AP course in high school does an excellent job of fortifying students for a successful transition into the battery of college courses they'll experience in their first semester at college."
|AP exam pass rates
||The number of Advanced Placement exams that received passing scores, divided by the total number of Advanced Placement exams given that year.
|11th graders meeting the PSAT College Readiness Benchmark
||The College Readiness Benchmark is a measure reported by the College Board (maker of the PSAT exam), to indicate how many students are on track for college. See http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownload/PSAT-College-Readiness-Benchmark.pdf for more details.
||All BSD students are required to take the PSAT test in 11th grade, as preparation for the SAT and the college application process. Their College Readiness Benchmark scores can help us assess how successfully we are preparing students for college.
|% of graduates taking the SAT or ACT tests
||Percent of 12th grade students who took either the SAT or ACT exams that year.
||SAT or ACT scores are required by many colleges as part of the application process, so the percent of 12th graders who take these exams is an indicator of college application preparedness.