CORE BELIEFS

Des Moines Public Schools is working to ensure that the restart of school is safe, includes families and employees in the process, and prioritizes student achievement, high-quality instruction and the health and well-being of all. Across this work, our planning and decision-making process is guided by the following core beliefs:

  • Return to Learn plans should reflect the needs, desires, and parameters of our community, students, staff, parents, and health professionals.
  • Return to Learn plans should prioritize and support the health, safety, and well-being of students and staff.
  • Resources and efforts will be placed FIRST on ensuring that EVERY student has access to high quality, grade level instruction; variety of options for SOME is secondary.
  • The Board goals and instructional levers determine where time, energy, and resources should be placed.
  • A high-quality plan is prioritized, focused, versatile, and adaptive due to the rapidly changing environment in which we live.

SCHOOL BOARD GOALS

Goal 1
The percent of all third grade students on track in reading will increase from 52% to 72% by June 2023, as measured by FAST.

Goal 2
The percent of Black male third grade students on track in reading will increase from 35% to 72% by June 2023, as measured by FAST.

Goal 3
The percent of Black male students earning a ‘B’ or higher in Algebra 1 by the end of 9th grade will increase from 17% to 35% by August 2023.