Standards of Excellence
The Dieringer School District Board of Directors adopted the Standards
of Excellence in August 2000 as a policy designed to improve the academic
performance of students. The Standards of Excellence also ensures that
students graduating from Dieringer schools will have the skills and knowledge
required for successful performance in high school. This brochure has
been created to explain the Standards of Excellence to parents and to
give examples of ways parents can help their children achieve success
Dieringer's Standards of Excellence plan links to Washington State's
School Improvement Strategy by providing:
• Clear and challenging standards developed by teachers and
• New state tests measuring how well our students are meeting
• School and district accountability to ensure students are meeting
state and local standards.
Dieringer's Standards of Excellence plan links to Dieringer School District's
Strategic Plan by creating:
• Clear performance standards for students at each grade level,
• Effective academic interventions for all students.
• Clear communication to parents and the community about the
Standards of Excellence plan.
Dieringer's Standards of Excellence plan provides clear standards for
student performance, including:
• Report cards.
• Project-based learning opportunities.
• Grade level exit exams for grade eight.
Dieringer's Standards of Excellence plan provides a strong support structure
of interventions, including:
• Parent conferences and workshops.
Dieringer's Standards of Excellence plan provides fair and consistent
consequences for those who exceed, meet, or fail to meet Dieringer's standards,
• Special commendation at graduation.
• Promotion with diploma.
• Promotion without diploma.
What can parents do to help their child meet higher standards?
Create a good learning environment at home by:
• Making a habit of talking positively about the importance of
school and a good education.
• Providing a quiet time and place for homework and study.
• Regulating TV and computer time.
Ensure your child comes to school ready to learn by:
• Monitoring your child's diet and sleep patterns.
• Seeing that your child arrives at school every day and on time.
• Creating a checklist of items your child will need to take
to school every day.
Monitor your child's progress by:
• Checking assignment sheets and/or progress reports.
• Attending parent-teacher conferences.
• Suggesting homework club as an option if your child falls behind.
Take action if grades reflect poor academic progress by:
• Phoning or scheduling a conference with your child's teacher(s).
• Requesting a tutor for your child.
Questions about Dieringer's Standards of Excellence
Q. Why were standards for each grade level created?
A. Our community, teachers and parents know that in
order for students to be successful in the 21st century they will need
to work their hardest in school to learn the skills that are being taught.
High school students in our state will soon be expected to obtain a "Certificate
of Mastery" as a requirement for graduation. Our standards were also
established to prepare students to meet this new requirement.
Q. What are the standards students will have to meet?
A. Report card scores, two special projects and exit exams for grade eight will be used as a
measure to determine if students are learning the skills they will need
to be successful.
Q. How will report card grades and special projects be scored?
A. The first and second semester grade point averages
(based on a 4.0 scale) will be tripled and averaged. This number will
be used as the report card score. Scores for the two special projects
(0 to 4 points each) will be added to the report card score to determine
total points each year.
Q. How difficult will it be to be successful?
A. The goal is not to prevent students from moving ahead but to ensure
that they are ready to be successful at the next level. Strengths may
be used to students' advantage. For example, higher scores on the projects
and visa versa may offset slightly lower scores on report cards.
Q. How will the exit exam work?
A. Each eighth grade student will take an exit exam at the end end of the year in math, science, history and language arts. The resulting score will be used as part of each students overall score for Standards of Excellence.
Q. How will students know if they are falling behind or if they
are doing well?
A. If a student is falling behind, the student and parents
will be notified throughout the year. This will be done using progress
reports, report cards, conferences and letters from teachers, the counselor
Q. Will these scores determine if students graduate from NTMS
or if they are retained or promoted?
A. To participate in graduation exercises and activities at the end of eighth grade, students must show that they have
met the requirements of the Standards of Excellence.
Q. What will happen if students do more than what is expected?
A. If a student's report card scores and project scores
are exceptional, that student will be eligible to receive a special diploma
upon graduation from the Dieringer School District. This diploma will
show that through hard work they have received commendation for outstanding
Q. How many points are possible?
A. Look at the chart below to find out how many points
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Q. How many points must be earned to meet the standard?
A. The chart below shows how many points must be earned
to meet the standard.
Standards of Excellence
Additional questions regarding the Dieringer School District Standards
of Excellence Plan may be directed to our Superintendent, Dr. Judy Neumeier-Martinson