Standards of Excellence

Each content area's curriculum is reviewed annually for minor modifications based on quantitative and qualitative data and feedback. However, a major review of each content area occurs every five years as part of BT's curriculum review cycle.

Cycle for Content Area Review

2018-2019: World Languages, Physical Education/Health
2019-2020: Science, Fine Arts
2020-2021: Social Studies, Social/Emotional Learning, Counseling
2021-2022: English, Speech
2022-2023: Mathematics, Technology

Changes determined during the content area review will be implemented in the following school year.

English Language Arts

BT's English language arts standards are a blend of Nebraska standards, Common Core, and, skills-based expectations from the ACT. Bolded standards are priority standards and the non-bolded standards are supporting standards.

  • Priority Standards are "a carefully selected subset of the total list of the grade-specific and course-specific standards within each content area that students must know and be able to do by the end of each school year in order to be prepared for the standards at the next grade level or course. Priority standards represent the assured student competencies that each teacher needs to help every student learn, and demonstrate proficiency in, by the end of the current grade or course" (Ainsworth, 2013, p. xv).
  • Supporting Standards are "those standards that support, connect to, or enhance the Priority Standards. They are taught within the context of the Priority Standards, but do not receive the same degree of instruction and assessment emphasis as do the Priority Standards. The supporting standards often become the instructional scaffolds to help students understand and attain the more rigorous and comprehensive Priority Standards" (Ainsworth, 2013, p. xv).

Math Standards

BT's math standards are selected from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards. Please note that some of the wording in standards for kindergarten through grade 4 comes from the Nebraska state standards. The standards identified by grade level and course below are only Priority Standards, but all NCTM standards are taught.

  • Priority Standards are "a carefully selected subset of the total list of the grade-specific and course-specific standards within each content area that students must know and be able to do by the end of each school year in order to be prepared for the standards at the next grade level or course. Priority standards represent the assured student competencies that each teacher needs to help every student learn, and demonstrate proficiency in, by the end of the current grade or course" (Ainsworth, 2013, p. xv)

Science Standards

BT's science standards are selected from the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The standards identified by grade level and course below are only priority standards, but all NGSS standards are taught. Please note there are links in the documents below that provide greater clarity of standards.

  • Priority Standards are "a carefully selected subset of the total list of the grade-specific and course-specific standards within each content area that students must know and be able to do by the end of each school year in order to be prepared for the standards at the next grade level or course. Priority standards represent the assured student competencies that each teacher needs to help every student learn, and demonstrate proficiency in, by the end of the current grade or course." (Ainsworth, 2013, p. xv)

Social Studies Standards

BT's social studies standards are selected from the National Council of Social Studies (NCSS). The standards identified by grade level and course below are only Priority Standards, but all NCSS standards are taught.

  • Priority Standards are "a carefully selected subset of the total list of the grade-specific and course-specific standards within each content area that students must know and be able to do by the end of each school year in order to be prepared for the standards at the next grade level or course. Priority standards represent the assured student competencies that each teacher needs to help every student learn, and demonstrate proficiency in, by the end of the current grade or course" (Ainsworth, 2013, p. xv)