No Child Left Behind

Under the federal Elementary & Secondary Education Act – also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB) – public school districts and public schools must report the academic progress of all students in grades 3 to 8 and 11 as well as students by various subgroups along with their test participation rates in the subjects of reading and mathematics. Public elementary and middle school average daily attendance (ADA) rates and public high school graduation rates are the additional indicators for public school districts.

If a school does not meet the annual Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) state participation goals or state Annual Measurable Objectives (AMO) in reading or mathematics assessment in either the “all students” group or any one of the subgroups for two consecutive years, it is designated as a school in need of assistance (SINA) .

If a district does not meet the annual AYP state participation goals or state AMO in either the “all students” group or any one of the subgroups within the required grade spans (3-5, 6-8, and 11) in the same subject area (either reading or mathematics) for two consecutive years, it shall be identified as a district in need of assistance (DINA). If a district does not meet the goals for district level K -8 average daily attendance rate and high school graduation rate for two consecutive years, it also shall be identified as a district in need of assistance.

Reports which Des Moines Public Schools files under the NCLB law are available through the link to the right.

Parent/Guardian Right to Know Notification
Des Moines Public School Parents/Guardians have the right to learn about the following qualifications of their child’s teacher: state licensure requirements for the grade level and content areas taught, the current licensing status of your child’s teacher, and baccalaureate/graduate certification/degree. You may also request the qualifications of an instructional paraprofessional who serves your student in a Title I program or if your school operates a schoolwide Title I program.  Parents/Guardians may request this information from the Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Department by contacting Wilma Gajdel at wilma.gajdel@dmschools.org or 515-242-7937.  You may also request this information by sending a letter of request to the Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Department, Des Moines Public Schools, 901 Walnut Street, Des Moines, Iowa  50309-3506.

 The Des Moines Public Schools ensures that parents will be notified in writing if their child has been assigned, or has been taught by a teacher for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not considered highly qualified.