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Board Highlights from Dec. 9

BOARD APPROVES MATH PATHWAYS
The West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education approved a proposal to implement three pathways of math program offerings for students beginning with the graduating class of 2018. Each of the three pathways provides instruction on the standards identified in the Iowa Core Mathematics and meets Iowa Core requirements. The three pathways are Accelerated, Traditional and Developmental.

All students in the graduating class of 2018 and beyond will be required to complete an Algebra II course. Each pathway includes an Algebra II course. As in the past, students will be required to accumulate six math credits to graduate.

More information about the pathways and the required courses will be provided to parents prior to course registration.

VHS SCHOLARS DESIGNATION REVIEWED
The WDMCS School Board has asked district administrators to work with Valley towards submission of a Program of Studies proposal for the Valley Scholars Designation.

To receive this designation at graduation, students must complete a specific number of credits and courses within a subject area and complete a capstone project. Currently, students must earn a 4.0 grade point average in the scholar area and an overall GPA of 3.5.

Valley staff have proposed changing the requirement to letter grades, so students would have to earn all A’s in their scholar area to qualify for the recognition. This is considered a higher standard because grades in Advanced Placement courses are weighted. Currently, a student can earn a B in an AP course and have a 4.0 in a course.

Administration may return with a revised proposal later this year.

Topics: School Board News