We maintain focus on developing a program that provides all graduates an exemplary college preparatory education, so they can succeed in college, career and life. Progress toward reaching this goal is measured in multiple ways. Below is a listing of the indicators we use to assess our performance along with links to the evidence that supports our efforts to be a high-performing school district.
Partnerships: International assessments and feedback from outside experts guide improvements in the district's curriculum. The district has established partnerships with organizations and individuals for the purpose of creating the best curriculum possible to prepare students for success in making a transition from high school to college. For example, Bellevue students' results on international math and science tests, given by Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMSS), is guiding changes the district is making in math and science curricula.
Indicators: Student test scores on state-mandated tests, grades, on-time graduation rates, PSAT and SAT scores, high school enrollments in challenging coursework and other assessment results are studied carefully, and analyses are used to determine curriculum modifications, changes in academic support programs (special education, English Language Learners, AVID, enrichment, etc.), and improvements in professional development offerings for staff.
According to federal and state law, all students in grades 3-8 plus 10 are assessed in reading and math, plus certain grade levels also take tests in writing and science. Bellevue's performance on the state MSP and HSPE tests is strong compared to surrounding districts and to the state as a whole: State Test Scores Link
The district is in the top one percent in the nation in terms of student participation in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate coursework. For the Class of 2010, 88% of our graduates completed at least one AP or IB course in high school, and 52% had more than four AP/IB courses on their transcript. Details: Enrollment in challenging coursework in high school
On December 12, 2011, as a result of conversations' with members of the school board, strategic plan committee, parents and stakeholders in community forums led to the development of a district ‘scorecard.’ The district’s first scorecard is now complete. Based on student data, the scorecard will be used to track progress as it aligns to the goals of the district. Click here to view the new on-line version of our scorecard, complete with explanation of measurements. A printed copy will be available in schools in January.
Initiatives: We also closely examine results of three other improvement initiatives:
- Consistent support curriculum for students who need extra help
- National Professional Standards Board Certification for teachers
- Increased use of technology to share student progress information with parents and aid teachers and principals in making sure the curriculum is implemented.
School Improvement Plans: Required by state law, these are designed to address student achievement, per state test results. School Improvement Plans are post on our School Profile Pages. Click here to access School Profile Pages.