DR. SUE ATKINSON EXPLAINS ACT SCORES TO LEGISLATORS

10-4-17

 

Greetings, Legislature  Education Committees and all—

 

Just as she did for National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores posted on website http://www.iowalive.net/atkinsonresearchednaep.htm, superior educator, Dr. Sue Atkinson herein explains national American College Testing  (ACT) scores for legislators.   Sincerely, Iowalive--A growing network of volunteer citizens and professionals for improving Iowa.

 

Dr. Sue  EXPLAINS ACT SCORES TO LEGISLATORS

 

You have heard Iowa school officials bragging about Iowa students scoring 22.0, which is1 percentage point above the national ACT average of  21.0, out of a top score of 36And 22/36=61%, a D at best—and Iowa tests only 67% of its seniors

 

ACT BENCHMARK SCORES

 

According to the ACT web site: “ACT is a curriculum-based measure of college readiness.”  www.act.org   ACT has low Benchmarks in the low 20s, considering a total of 36, which inflates student achievement results.  But school officials and the media won’t report that dismal fact.

 

ACT states students who meet a Benchmark score on the ACT have approximately a 50 percent chance of earning a B or better and approximately a 75 percent chance of earning a C or better in the corresponding college course or courses.  Looking at it from another perspective, students meeting a Benchmark have a 50 percent chance of earning a B or worse and a 25% chance of earning a C or worse.  Yet they are considered to be College Ready—such as ready for college remediation, as routinely happens!! 

 

SCHOOLS MISLEAD AND CHEAT AND REALIZE NO ECONOMIES OF SCALE

 

The following table shows how Iowa school officials mislead and cheat in the ACT scam, which makes matters worse for Iowa’s students, parents and  taxpayers.  Iowa routinely uses low standards,  http://www.iowalive.net/howandwhyiowagotalowproficiencystandard.htm ,  to look better than it really is, instead of taking the responsibility to improve its teaching methods to make them more effective – as cited in reports from the National Council for Teacher Quality  and on website  http://www.iowalive.net/registereditorfailure.htm Educators’ failure to improve teaching methods makes victims of students with learning styles incompatible with the ineffective methods being used, due to the poor quality of the teacher training programs, costing at least $600 million.

 

The  following table also sets the context for the stagnant ACT scores discussed herein.  Teachers and administrators have been doing the same thing for 10 years and have not improved their performance, despite at least 13% increased school funding—and overly generous compensation increases as well.   Larger schools get as much or more funding per student as smaller schools—and they realize NO economies of scale, and have no plans or intentions to realize them.  http://www.iowalive.net/fairerschoolaidfunding.htm

 

THERE ARE NO ECONOMIES OF SCALE  REALIZED IN IOWA’S PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Grade K-12 Class Sizes Are Getting Smaller—From 13.65 to 12.92

They Should Be Getting Larger With Economies of Scale

ACT Scores Should Be Getting Higher

Schools Ignore Learning Curve Theory  http://maaw.info/LearningCurveSummary.htm

Iowa Public School Pupil-Teacher Ratios by Grade and Year Show Smaller Grade K-12  Average Class Sizes and NO Economies of Scale Realized from 10 Years of Teaching the Same Thing, NO Better.  Source:  Department of Education  10-3-17
Year Grade K Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12 Grade K-12
2016-2017 13.78 12.89 13.47 13.89 14.45 14.34 14.05 14.65 15.13 15.36 14.44 13.24 13.21 12.92
2015-2016 14.19 13.16 14.00 13.85 14.52 14.16 13.98 14.75 14.93 15.29 14.45 13.01 13.14 12.93
2014-2015 14.37 13.43 13.90 13.84 14.30 13.88 13.90 14.53 14.93 15.64 14.27 12.73 12.84 12.84
2013-2014 14.72 13.54 13.91 13.72 14.26 13.96 14.02 14.56 15.27 15.66 14.21 12.61 12.87 12.86
2012-2013 14.84 13.60 13.77 13.76 14.31 14.05 14.13 14.80 14.82 15.76 14.29 12.70 12.77 12.87
2011-2012 14.98 13.39 13.77 13.79 14.40 14.06 14.34 14.72 15.02 16.08 14.39 12.56 12.95 12.96
2010-2011 14.81 13.12 13.72 13.91 14.34 14.26 14.33 14.87 14.91 16.25 14.45 12.79 13.14 14.17
2009-2010 13.92 12.75 13.43 13.68 14.02 13.91 13.71 13.45 13.49 13.75 13.83 13.51 14.08 13.65
2008-2009 14.61 12.66 13.46 13.75 13.94 13.88 13.74 13.34 13.30 13.75 13.68 13.52 14.01 13.66
2007-2008 14.64 12.52 13.35 13.61 13.81 13.67 13.38 13.05 13.22 14.16 14.10 13.72 14.30 13.65

 

DEVIOUS IOWA SCHOOL OFFICIALS ONLY REPORT THE NUMBERS IN YELLOW

 

And 21 States Aren’t Even Tested

 

Iowa Schools Have Many Ways to Cheat.  Only Testing 67% of Seniors and Acting as if all Were  Tested is Just One of Them!  Source:  ACT & Iowalive  10-3-17

DESCRIPTION

Reported by ACT

% Meeting ACT Benchmark Based on all Iowa Seniors

Number of States Taking Act Tests

29

 

Number of States Testing 100%  of Senior Students

17

Number of States Testing Higher % of Senior Students Than Iowa

26

Number of States Testing Lower % of Senior Students Than Iowa

2

% of Senior Students Tested by Iowa

67%

% of Senior Students Tested Meeting Benchmark in English

71%

48%

% of Senior Students Tested Meeting Benchmark in Reading

55%

39%

% of Senior Students Tested Meeting Benchmark in Math

55%

30%

% of Senior Students Tested Meeting Benchmark in Science

45%

25%

Students who meet a Benchmark score on the ACT have approximately a 50 percent chance of earning a B or worse and approximately a 25 percent chance of earning a C or worse in the corresponding college course or courses.

Anyone Claiming to Have Better Numbers  is Asked to Provide Them.

 

 

LOW ACT BENCHMARKS FOR COLLEGE READINESS

 

And, as Shown in the Table Above, 48% or Less of Iowa’s Seniors Meet Them.

 

PERCENT OF IOWA’S TESTED SENIORS MEETING ACT BENCHMARKS IS FLAT OR FALLING.  Source:  ACT 2017

 

ACT DATA SHOWS IOWA NEAR THE BOTTOM IN PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS TESTED.  Source:  ACT  2017

 

2017 State Percent of ACT-Tested High School Graduates, Average Composite Score, and Percent meeting Benchmarks by Subject.  Source:  ACT  2017

NUMBER

STATE

 

Percent

Percent

Percent

Percent

Percent of

Average

Meeting

Meeting

Meeting

Meeting

Graduates

Composite

English

Reading

Math

Science

Tested

Score

Benchmark

Benchmark

Benchmark

Benchmark

1

Alabama

100

19.2

52

36

23

25

2

Arkansas

100

19.4

53

36

27

25

3

Colorado

100

20.8

61

46

38

37

4

Kentucky

100

20

58

41

30

31

5

Louisiana

100

19.4

56

35

25

26

6

Minnesota

100

21.5

63

50

48

42

7

Mississippi

100

18.6

47

29

20

20

8

Missouri

100

20.4

59

43

34

34

9

Montana

100

20.3

55

44

37

33

10

Nevada

100

17.8

38

27

21

19

11

North Carolina

100

19.1

46

36

30

27

12

Oklahoma

100

19.4

52

39

26

26

13

South Carolina

100

18.7

44

33

25

23

14

Tennessee

100

19.8

56

39

29

29

15

Utah

100

20.3

58

43

35

34

16

Wisconsin

100

20.5

59

42

39

37

17

Wyoming

100

20.2

58

42

34

34

18

North Dakota

98

20.3

56

40

40

33

19

Illinois

93

21.4

66

48

44

39

20

Hawaii

90

19

47

33

29

26

21

Nebraska

84

21.4

67

50

42

41

22

South Dakota

80

21.8

68

54

49

46

23

Ohio

75

22

69

54

48

44

24

Florida

73

19.8

52

43

32

29

25

Kansas

73

21.7

69

54

46

41

26

West Virginia

69

20.4

64

47

30

32

27

Iowa

67

21.9

71

55

45

45

28

New Mexico

66

19.7

50

39

29

28

29

Alaska

65

19.8

53

41

35

29

National

60

21

61

47

41

37

 

 

IOWA ACT SCORES ARE STAGNANT OR FALLING

 

Below is summary ACT data for both national figures as well as Iowa, which dropped in two areas and remained unchanged for two.

  

 

 

IOWA ACT SCORES HAVE BEEN STAGNANT OR FALLING SINCE 2002

 

 

EXPLANATION OF CONDITION OF IOWA COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS

 

BEWARE—There is NO Mention Here That Iowa Tests  Only 67% of its Seniors

And 21 States Aren’t Tested

 

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Sue Atkinson, PhD

P. O. Box 301

Baxter IA 50028

641-227-3786