REVISED - 9. Core Curriculum Results Report
We selected three core curriculum lesson plans to analyze and to collect data. We chose to represent three different grade levels in order to capture a comprehensive picture of the core curriculum that we offer to all students throughout high school. All three lessons are directly linked to our vision, mission, program goals, and mindsets and behavior standards.
In 9th grade, 250 students participated in a career and educational planning unit in their physical science class. One component of the lesson requires students to learn about their specific learning style and explore different ways they can use this knowledge to their advantage for school success.
Perception data based on the pre/post test indicated that, at the conclusion of the lesson, 98% of the students were able to identify their learning style, and 94% of 9th graders were able to identify a specific study strategy consistent with their learning style. After analyzing this data, the counselors believe that the 9th grade students are able to use their increased knowledge about their learning style to study more effectively to earn passing grades, and graduate from high school. Outcome data revealed 93.1% of 9th graders received at least 6 credits at the conclusion of their 9th grade year, making them on track for graduation. In the future, the students who did not earn enough credits will need to be met with on an individual basis to create an individualized plan. Based on this data, we will continue delivering this lesson to 9th graders so they can identify their learning style and positive study strategies at the beginning of their high school career.
In 10th grade, 238 students participated in a two day career and educational planning unit in their science class. Students learn about reading transcripts, RU Ready 4 year plans, scholarship eligibility, and preparation for junior registration. Perception data based on the pre/post test indicated that, at the conclusion of the lesson, 100% of the students were able to better read their transcript, 100% of the students were able to correctly update their 4 year plan and 100% felt they were better prepared to register for their junior classes. After analyzing the data, the counselors believe that the 10th grade students are better prepared for their last 2 and ½ years of high school. They have updated their 4 year plan, looked over their transcripts and discussed the courses they need to meet the Red River graduation requirements and the North Dakota scholarship requirements.
Outcome data revealed 92.8% of 10th graders received at least 12 credits at the conclusion of their 10th grade year, making them on track for graduation. Based on these results we plan to continue with the 10th grade unit so students will be better prepared as sophomores to focus on graduation. Counselors plan to follow-up with the students who are not on track for graduation to establish a graduation plan.
In 11th grade, 279 students participated in a two day career and educational planning unit in the United States History classes (1 day in the fall and 1 in the spring) . Students learn about testing opportunities, test preparation, the process for identifying a post-secondary path, and special considerations for selecting courses for their senior year.
Following the junior year lessons, our perception data collected on our pre/post tests showed there was a 2% increase in the amount of students who were on track to graduate in four years and there was a 4% increase in the number of students who could identify the courses needed to fulfill graduation requirements.
After analyzing the data, counselors confirmed that by having students participate in the junior career/educational planning unit, juniors are better prepared to select the most appropriate courses needed to achieve graduation. Furthermore they are better able to make an appropriate post-secondary plan for their future. For example, our perception data indicates an 8% decrease in the number of students who selected the four year college option from the pre to post test. We believe this can be attributed to students making a more informed decision based on the information presented regarding the post-secondary options.
Outcome data revealed that 94.5% of eleventh graders earned a minimum of 18 credits at the conclusion of their 11th grade year, indicating they were on track for graduation. Based on these results we plan to continue the 11th grade unit so students will be better prepared as seniors to focus on graduation.
Table for Lesson 3 REVISED