Des Moines drops most middle school advanced classes

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Advanced English and science classes will no longer be offered in Des Moines middle schools this year, a move that has some parents concerned that top performers won't be challenged.

Instead, students will have the option to complete honors-level assignments in all subjects within general education classrooms.

The shift coincides with the rollout of a new grading system that requires students to master specific concepts. Those who do so then move on to higher-level work, educators have said.

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