DATA RECOGNITION CORP. OFFERS BEST STUDENT ASSESSMENT FOR IOWA

8-24-17

Greetings, Iowa Board of Education and all—

This is Dr. Sue Atkinson’s 8th in a series of posts on Iowa K-12 ‘education’ performance.  The first 7 are accessed with the following links.  This post deals with the floundering Iowa educators and officials have displayed in their failed attempts to select and implement a suitable student assessment testing program for the state.  Educators are impaired by their defective student theory that falsely claims students are defective and not the schools.

 ISEA TEACHERS UNION CONTROLLED BY DEFECTIVE STUDENT THEORISTS

IA REGENT UNIVERSITIES ARE DELINQUENT IN TEACHER TRAINING RESULTS 

DEFECTIVE STUDENT THEORY PLAGUES IA BOARD OF EDUCATIONAL EXAMINERS

HARMFUL DEFECTIVE STUDENT THEORY IMPACT ON STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

SPECIAL EDUCATION COSTS DRIVEN BY DEFECTIVE STUDENT THEORY

IOWA SCHOOLS INFLATE 'A' GRADES AND STUDENT PROFICIENCIES

RESPONSE TO 2nd ESSA DRAFT

It’s challenging to follow the bouncing ball of Iowa student assessment tests.  It was Iowa Testing Program for years, than Smarter Balanced was adopted and fizzled which brings the controversy to those bidders listed and scored in the table below.  Smarter Balance was deemed too expensive and its comparable score to those in the table is 7%.  It did not submit a bid.  Iowa Testing Program did not submit a bid, which is understandable as its comparable score would have been about 1%. 

5 BIDDERS FOR PROPOSED IOWA STUDENT ASSESSMENT TESTS

Data Recognition Corp. Is Expected To Be Very Cost Competitive

Minnesota Adopted A Much Higher Student Proficiency Standard Than Iowa

 http://www.iowalive.net/howandwhyiowagotalowproficiencystandard.htm

 

Data Recognition Corp., Maple Grove, Minn. Is The Best Assessment Choice By Far.  Source:  Iowalive  8-22-17

ASSESSMENT PROPOSED

ESTIMATED  % GAIN IN AVERAGE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT IN 5 YEARS

Data Recognition Corp., Maple Grove, Minn.

22%

Questar Assessment Inc., Minneapolis, Minn.

18%

ACT Inc., Iowa City

5%

American Institutes for Research, Washington, D.C.

3%

NCS Pearson, Iowa City

2%

Anyone claiming to have better numbers is asked to provide them.

It is questionable why  the  state wants to save money on assessment tests when it blindly throws money at flawed teacher training programs. The National Council for Teacher Quality has continuously assessed Iowa’s teacher training programs in the bottom 20% of the country, with the elementary a complete failure.  While the latest assessment of the programs shows some areas of improvement – mostly with selecting top students for entrance – the December 2016 elementary assessment showed most programs in the state a failure at reading and course content – including the University of Iowa (which has the Reading Research Center attached to it).  The course content and materials used are incompatible with a competency-based education system, as shown in the following report.  U of I students are not getting the education they pay for!!!

 

In addition to the above, Iowa educators have proven they lack the ability to write core curriculum – with attempts proving so embarrassing they had to be replaced with the national Common Core.  In addition, Iowa educators still believe in the false premise that it is the students who are disabled rather than the system, thus failing to take responsibility for the fact they do not know how to effectively educate.  There is no recognition in Iowa of the evidence-based research: Dyslexia and Teacher Prep Dysfunction  study released 9 September 2016: http://www.nctq.org/commentary/article.do?id=290  and  The Dyslexia Dilemma: A History of Ignorance, Complacency and Resistance in Colleges of Education  http://childhood-developmental-disorders.imedpub.com/the-dyslexia-dilemma-a-history-of-ignorance-complacency-and-resistance-in-colleges-of-education.pdf   released in 2016?

Why should Iowa educators, products of the state’s failed training programs, continue to have any influence over the types of student assessments used in the state?  After decades of falsely believing students were to blame, thus abdicating any responsibility for the poor results of ineffective teaching, they have proven unable to understand competency-based education in the manner necessary to design or select a quality assessment!

 http://www.iowalive.net/

Sue Atkinson, PhD

P. O. Box 301

Baxter IA 50028

641-227-3786