MOUNT VERNON'S TOP BENCHMARK SCORES FOR 6 SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS

11-18-15

Greetings New School Superintendents OíMally, Shepherd, Eidahl, Buck, Dyer, Hocking, School Boards and alló

Anyone claiming to have better numbers than those herein is asked to provide them!

For likely the first time, benchmarks are established to measure performance of 6 Iowa school superintendentsóto help board members track progress of the kids they really care about!!!   Mount Vernonís OíMalley has the highest benchmarks to raise, as shown in the table below.  

Brad Buck left his Dept. of Ed. Directorís job to take over Cedar Rapids, the worst district in the table.    Buckís merely showing up to work regularly should be enough to raise its pathetic performance.   Over 50% of its 3rd reading students are reading below the 3rd grade level and would be retained in 2017 unless teachers learn how to teach, administrators learn how to manage, or the books are cooked.  Otherwise the poor and minority kids will be blamed for all failures, as usual.  

Unfortunately,  the C. R. district closed Polk Elementary for making too much progress with poor and minority students, in an attempt to preserve that defective student blame-game, excuse.     www.iowalive.net/crdirtytrickdistrict.htm 

On the brighter side, Superintended Buck could gather the Polk staff still in the district and let them once again show the district, and neighboring districts, how to make great student achievement progress.  He could even visit with Judy Hintz, at Educational Resource Associates in West Des Moines, to learn how it is done.  For more about Judyís school, please see websites  http://www.iowalive.net/judyhintzdoesit.htm      www.iowalive.net/branstadmeetwithjudyhintz.htm 

MOUNT VERNON IS BEST BUT STILL HAS 13% OF THE 4TH KIDS READING AT OR BELOW THE 3RD GRADE LEVEL

6 CEDAR RAPIDS METRO SCHOOL DISTRICTS HIRED NEW SUPERINTENDENTS FOR THE 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR.  NUMBERS IN THE TABLE ARE THE BENCHMARKS FOR MEASURING THEIR PERFORMANCE AND PROGRESS.      Source:  Dept. of Ed. and Iowalive  11--17-15

DISTRICT

SUPERINTENDENT

4TH % PROFICIENT READING SCORE, 41st  NPR 

STATE 4TH READING RANK, 41st  NPR 

AVG. DISTRICT OPERATING EFFICIENCY 

** AVG. DISTRICT INTEGRITY INDEX SCORE

*14-15

15-16

16-17

17-18

18-19 

*14-15

15-16

16-17

17-18

18-19 

*14-15

15-16

16-17

17-18

18-19 

*14-15

15-16

16-17

17-18

18-19 

Mount Vernon

*Gary O'Malley

87.45

 

 

 

 

6

 

 

 

 

46%

 

 

 

 

415

 

 

 

 

Linn-Mar

*Quintin Shepherd

83.37

 

 

 

 

47

 

 

 

 

33%

 

 

 

 

215

 

 

 

 

Solon

*Davis Eidahl

83.02

 

 

 

 

50

 

 

 

 

43%

 

 

 

 

310

 

 

 

 

Marion

*Joseph Dyer

79.46

 

 

 

 

108

 

 

 

 

39%

 

 

 

 

250

 

 

 

 

Springville

*Pat Hocking 

75.25

 

 

 

 

212

 

 

 

 

43%

 

 

 

 

315

 

 

 

 

Cedar Rapids

*Brad Buck 

70.43

 

 

 

 

281

 

 

 

 

29%

 

 

 

 

100

 

 

 

 

Derivation methods for operating efficiencies are posted on website:   http://www.iowalive.net/deriveopeff.htm 

Integrity Index Score Derivation Methods are Posted on Website: http://www.iowalive.net/integrityderivation.htm  

Correlation Coefficient for Integrity Index Score and Operating Efficiency is a Strong, Positive .96.  High Integrity People Despise Waste and Consider it Equivalent to Theft.

* Baseline for new superintendents in 2015-2016

**Average on a scale of 0 to 1,000 tops, where significant integrity starts at 300, evil is at 250 and below.  Grand larceny scores 40.  

Anyone claiming to have better numbers is asked to provide them for all to see

State rankings for all grades tested in reading, at the 65th National Percentile Rank (NPR), are posted on website http://www.iowalive.net/2014-2015readingrank.htm.  Mount Vernon is ranked 9th in the state with over  30% of the tested students reading below national grade level.  Cedar Rapids is ranked 219th and has  over 50% of the tested students reading below national grade level. They would be retained in 3rd grade in 2017. http://www.iowalive.net/3rdreadingfailure.htm

It will be very encouraging if any of the superintendents in the table decide to be honest about it and adopt the 65th NPR as the district standard and report the results to students, parents and taxpayers.  Home rule lets them do just that.   They donít have to use the stateís lowest in the Midwest student proficiency standard--the 40th NPR tested at the 41st NPR.  The Gazette knows Iowa adopted the lowest Student Proficiency Standard in the Midwest, but wonít report it.  It would embarrass the Cedar Rapids school district to report the district canít come close to meeting the lowest Proficiency standard in the Midwest. 

If you want to see how your school district is performing math at the international level, in all grades tested,  please visit this website and see the district scores in alphabetical order.  82.64% of Mount Vernonís math students are below International grade level, and school board members donít know it because they havenít been told. 

89% OF IOWA MATH STUDENTS ARE BELOW INTERNATIONAL GRADE LEVEL

And board members havenít been told because newspapers are letting school districts hide behind Iowaís lowest Student Proficiency Standard in the Midwest.  www.iowalive.net/howandwhyiowagotalowproficiencystandard.htm

Rankings in the following websites could also be used as superintendent performance benchmarks if boards so choose. 

SCORES--SCIENCE GRADES TESTED IN 338 IA SCHOOL DISTRICTS, 2014-2015

SCORES--MATH GRADES TESTED IN 338 IA SCHOOL DISTRICTS, 2014-2015

SCORES--READING GRADES TESTED IN 338 IA SCHOOL DISTRICTS, 2014-2015

  SCORES--READING GRADES TESTED IN 325 IA SCHOOL DISTRICTS, 2013-2014

SCIENCE RANKING OF 338 IA SCHOOL DISTRICTS, 2014-2015

MATH RANKING OF 338 IA SCHOOL DISTRICTS, 2014-2015

 READING RANKING OF IA SCHOOL DISTRICTS, 2014-2015

TRAGIC IOWA SCHOOLS' LEARNING STYLE DISCRIMINATION

64% OF COUNCIL BLUFFS 3RD GRADERS (54% STATEWIDE) SHOULD BE RETAINED  

IA K12 SCHOOLS SPENT $23 BILLION FOR FLAT ACT SCORES

STOP $1,070,000 RIP OFF OF IA STUDENTS

1,360 Iowa Schools Reported for Chronic Academic Failure !!

 Sincerely,

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