The ACT test measures your student’s skills and understanding in English, math, reading, and science. By taking this assessment, your student will be able to monitor progress toward career and college readiness. The test results will be used to help your student determine future education plans. Testing during high school helps students choose classes that will support their future plans and help them stay on track for graduation.
Scholastic Math Inventory (SMI) / Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI)
Other external assessments include the SMI and SRI, which are administered to grade 3 through 8 students in the fall, midyear, and spring of every school year. The 2012-13 school year was the first year that Des Moines Public Schools administered these assessments. The SMI is used to monitor student growth in pre-algebra skills throughout the school year and the SRI is used to monitor student growth in reading.
Des Moines Public Schools is also excited to take part in the Gallup Student Poll which measures the hope, engagement, and well-being of students. By participating in this survey, students can safely share what they think about their life in school, at home, and in the community. The main focus of the survey is on the attitude of students, how hopeful they feel, how engaged they are with school, and their sense of well-being. Based on our work with Gallup, these are some key factors that influence student grades, achievement and graduation as well as future steps towards higher education and employment.