4 MUSTs TO FIX IOWA'S K-12 STUDENT ASSESSMENT TESTS MESS

3-14-18

Greetings, Governor Kim Reynolds, Legislature Education Committees, Boards of Education and Regents, Presidents of U of I, ISU and UNI, Iowa Newspaper Association, School Administrators of Iowa, Iowa Association of School Boards, Department of Education Director Ryan Wise and all—

Please forward this post to others, in the interest of improving Iowa student achievement.  Thank you. 

INTRODUCTION

Governor Kim Reynolds should veto any student assessment test legislation that fails to achieve the 4 MUSTs described herein. 

To his credit, Senator Mark Chelgren admitted “It’s been poorly done by the (education) department, it’s been poorly done by the Legislature”,  when discussing the selection process mess for new, not better, student assessment tests.   Sen. Herman Quirmbach said the whole process “stinks and is truly disgusting”, and he ought to know as he has been  instrumental in making Iowa education stink and be truly disgusting, for at least 15 years.   

The responsibility now rests with Education Committee Chair, Sen. Amy Sinclair to clean up the mess of which assessment tests contribute only 30%.  Those contributing to the remaining 70% are: 

·      poor teacher quality and teacher failure to teach concepts (understanding)  contributes 35%,  

·      failure to identify and teach to student learning styles contributes 20% and

·      low student proficiency and teacher quality standards contribute 15%. 

The references farther below further describe the education mess quite well.    And there are those to be blamed for the mess.

·      70% of the blame goes to educators/school administrators, (in schools and sitting on State and  local boards, legislature, Dept. of Ed., in State universities, teacher union & committees etc.), 

·      15% goes to school  boards

·      10% goes to the school biased media   

·      5% goes to others, such as students and parents,  who educators falsely blame for everything. 

Unfortunately, the legislature is now looking only at the student assessment test mess. 

4 MUSTs TO CLEAN UP THE STUDENT ASSESSMENT TESTS MESS

Once the media understands the following 4 MUSTs, it should honestly report progress towards achieving them—or failure to achieve them!   Achievement of these 4 MUSTs will improve Iowa K-12 student achievement by at least 40% within 8 years, at no increase in Total State cost per student.  Funding from failed school fixes http://www.iowalive.net/schoolfixfailures.htm should be reallocated to fund these MUSTs.   

1.   The new assessments MUST use national grade level standards (65th National Percentile Rank) in measuring student progress and growth.

2.   The new assessments MUST use the national Common Core, the best curriculum  available.

3.   Assessments MUST be  available in both pencil and electronic form.

4.   The new assessments MUST measure and report Teen Mind Development amounts at graduation.   These amounts show a student’s in-depth thinking and problem solving skills—desperately needed by employers, entrepreneurs and Iowa’s Gross Domestic Product (economy) etc.  http://www.iowalive.net/gazetteeditorialboard.htm

Unfortunately there are obstacles posed by educators to prevent achievement of the above MUSTs, such as university profs refusing to improve poor teacher quality described on website http://www.iowalive.net/nctqgivesiowadplus.htm   Effective student assessment tests also reveal  poor teacher quality.  Education officials don’t like that.  It proves they are mismanaging teachers!!   They don’t like the D+ given them by the  National Council on Teacher Quality either!!  But they don’t do anything about it other than criticize it.

ASSESSMENT OF SEVERAL STUDENT  ASSESSMENT TESTS CONSIDERED BY LEGISLATORS

The assessments in the following table were prepared using Iowalive’s proprietary algorithms, data base and other sources and methods. The numbers are provided at no cost to anyone.  Capable experts would charge at least $30,000 to prepare the following table. 

WHERE IS THE LEGISLATORS’ COMPARABLE TABLE?

Will Governor Reynolds Ask Legislators for it?

Will the Media Report it if She Does, or Does Not?

Data Recognition Corp., Maple Grove, Minn. Is The Best Assessment Choice By Far.  Source:  Iowalive  3-12-18

ASSESSMENTS

ESTIMATED  % GAIN IN AVERAGE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT IN 5 YEARS

Data Recognition Corp., Maple Grove, Minn.

22%

Questar Assessment Inc., Minneapolis, Minn.

18%

House Passed Bill Naming U of I as Sole Source Provider

11%

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.

 

The governor could also take action to remove the following obstacles to teacher quality as she appoints/improves members of the State Board of Regents etc.

OBSTACLES TO TEACHER QUALITY

While there are several obstacles to teacher quality, university profs are the highest paid and are the most formidable

PROFS AT UI AND ISU ARE NO BETTER THAN UNI’S

Educators Blame Poor & Minority Students for Poor K-12 School Performance & Get Pay Raises for Doing So

IS THIS HEAVEN??  NO!!  IT’S IOWA!! 

 

REFERENCES

CONSTRUCTIVE CONCERNS ABOUT $36.3 MILLION TO CHANGE IA SCHOOL EXAMS

C. R. GAZETTE WANTS SHALLOW THINKING TEENS TO VOTE

http://www.iowalive.net/

Sincerely,

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