NUMBERS FOR ARCHITECT LEEPER'S EDUCATION COLUMN IN D. M. REGISTER

12-4-17

Greeting’s, Des Moines Register Editorial Board, Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) and all—

Editors, please forward this post to Guest Column writer, Brad Leeper, architect at INVISION Architecture in Des Moines.  IASB is asked to forward it to all Iowa school boards.   Thank you. 

Mr. Leeper’s 500 word guest column was headlined, Iowans should embrace bold changes for education.  The headline writer should have used improvements, rather than changes, as that is what Mr. Leeper was talking about.  There is a difference between a change and an improvement.  A fool can make a change, but not likely an improvement. 

What Leeper got right was the need to move schools from a system of memorization (based on data students have memorized) to one of students being able to understand and apply concepts in a variety of ways (which develops more in-depth thinking skills for problem-solving etc.).   

To fill the improvement void, the following table presents numbers showing the extent of ‘improvements’ Leeper was talking about.  In addition, for comparison, the  table presents scores for some school districts in the state having different State math rankings.  Notice the strong correlation between better scores and % of teachers teaching concepts.  The same applies to district State math rankings.  This might be a bit beyond what Leeper was talking about, but is still of great importance for improving Iowa schools.

IOWALIVE’S NUMBERS SHOW WHAT ARCHITECT LEEPER WAS TALKING ABOUT

Teachers Teaching Concepts Are Best Teachers

Math Ranking In The Table is Posted On http://www.iowalive.net/mathgradestested15-16-2.htm

THERE IS WIDE VARIATION IN STUDENT SKILLS ACHIEVED IN SPECIAL AND TYPICAL IOWA PUBLIC  SCHOOL ORGANIZATIONS.   GILBERT  IS THE SCHOOL DISTRICT TO EMULATE AND IT HAS NO SPECIAL SCHOOL.  Source:  Brad Leeper & Iowalive  12-4-17

Special Teaching Organizations cited in Des Moines Register guest column by Brad Leeper, Iowa Institute of Architects (AIA), an architect and educational planning leader at INVISION Architecture in Des Moines.

AVERAGE GRADUATE STUDENT CAPABILITY SCORE ON A SCALE OF 0 TO 10 TOPS

AVERAGE  SCORE

%  OF TEACHERS TEACHING CONCEPTS (UNDER-STANDING)

2015-2016 State  Math Rank in All Grades Tested in 335 Iowa school districts

Fitness for handling today’s technology

Vocation skills

Thinking skills

Waukee’s Innovation and Learning Center

6

2.1

7.2

5.1

35%

Cedar Falls’ Center for Advanced Professional Studies

4.3

3.6

1.3

3.1

15%

Des Moines' Central Campus High School

2.3

3.1

1.1

2.2

10%

Waterloo School’s Career Center

1.2

2.2

1.8

1.7

9%

Iowa Big Network--Cedar Rapids

1

2.7

1.3

1.7

1%

SCHOOL DISTRICTS--NOT CITED IN  GUEST COLUMN

 

Gilbert

4.3

7

6.7

6.0

55%

3

Waukee

3.2

4.2

4.2

3.9

15%

9

Cedar Falls

3.2

2.4

2.5

2.7

13%

21

Cedar Rapids

1.8

2.1

2.1

2.0

7%

250

Waterloo

1.2

2

2

1.7

9%

320

Des Moines

1.3

1.6

1.8

1.6

3%

327

Numbers Were Derived Using Iowalive's   Proprietary Algorithms, Database and More.

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

The Correlation Coefficient of Average Score to % of Teachers Teaching Concepts (Understanding Rather Than Memorization)  is a Convincing .95.   But  Iowa's Universities Have Failed to Improve to Concept-Based Education for Teachers According to the National Council of Teacher Quality.

 

Readers of this post should  find the following Iowalive posts of interest as well. 

IOWA'S SCORED RESPONSE TO OFFICE OF SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS

DISCRIMINATION COST IOWA K-12 STUDENTS 9 GRADE LEVELS

DR. SUE REPORTS HOW IOWA EDUCATION GOT STUCK ON STUPID

Superior Educator, Dr. Sue Atkinson from Baxter, Iowa contributed to this post.

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Sincerely,

Iowalive    A growing network of volunteer citizens and professionals for improving Iowa