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The Learning Criteria has four dimensions:
  1. Foundation Learning - Achievement in the core subjects of English language arts, math and science and others identified by the school.
  2. Stretch Learning - Demonstration of rigorous and relevant learning beyond minimum requirements, such as participation and achievement in higher level courses, specialized courses, and so forth.
  3. Learner Engagement - The extent to which students are motivated and committed to learning, have a sense of belonging and accomplishment, and have relationships with adults, peers, and parents that support learning.
  4. Personal Skill Development - Measures of personal, social, service, and leadership skills and demonstrations of positive behaviors and attitudes.

Foundation Learning and Stretch Learning are the most easily measured and have the highest profile of the four dimensions. The International Center believes that both are critical but not sufficient indicators of excellence.
Read more about Stretch Learning here.