Standards Referenced Grading

Des Moines public Schools is currently phasing in a standards referenced grading system based on what students know and are able to do in relationship to a course standard.  This system uses a 4 point scale.  Each level on the scale (1-4) represents a students demonstrated proficiency or progress toward a standard. The majority of identified courses for 2014-2015 are that the RAILS 9th grade building, however, there are some at the Main building as well.

The following courses have been appointed by the district as Standard Reference Grading courses for 2014-2015. Please click here ( to learn more about Standards Referenced grading practices!

English I

20th Century

Algebra I

Conceptual Physics

Earth Science

Foods I

Spanish I

Arabic I

Intro to Art

Drama I

Computer Apps I

Intro to Engineering



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