IOWA HAS NO IDEA OF STATE K-12 GRADE LEVEL STANDARDS

6-10-16

Greetings, Governor Branstad, Ryan Wise, Director, Department of Education, and all--

THE FOLLOWING OP ED BY SUPERIOR EDUCATOR, DR. SUE ATKINSON,  WAS THOUGHTFULLY CARRIED IN THE 6-9-16 NEWTON DAILY NEWS

School benchmarks aren’t working

For decades, Iowa school officials misled the public about the quality of education through the manipulation of data and false rationalizations.  By regularly lowering the standards and not testing students whose learning style and lowered expectations did not do well in a system of memorization, it could artificially appear Iowa students were doing well when they were actually becoming less globally competitive.  The theories used in the teacher training programs for that dysfunctional system are still at work today, continuing their discriminatory work by holding back improved teaching methods and by diluting the concept-based Common Core with remnants of the system of memorization. 

No Child Left Behind attempted to put a stop to the discrimination of lowered expectations, but many Iowa educators find themselves unable to abandon these deeply entrenched forms of prejudice.  Similarly, teachers utilizing the Common Core continue to include elements of the dysfunctional curriculum of memorization, thus diluting the potential effectiveness of the Common Core.

While Iowa is implementing new tests to replace the manipulated Iowa Assessments, attempts to determine the standards for these tests have turned up some interesting results.  School officials have no idea whether the test standards are grade level (which Iowa has not used for decades), and, it turns out, the Iowa Department of Education does not know either.  The designated contact person for Measures of Academic Progress did not know of any standards for Iowa, but a math individual who writes state reports had the information I was seeking (which I passed along to the unknowing individual). 

I next requested a spreadsheet of FAST (Formative Assessment Systems for Teachers) test results for all Iowa districts.  The individual furnishing me with the spreadsheet of data told me Iowa had no standards.  I forwarded that response to Dr. Ryan Wise, Director of the Iowa Department of Education, who sent it to a designated person to answer my question.  That person mentioned benchmarks but was unable to relate benchmarks to grade level.  I forwarded that response to both Dr. Wise and the Governor’s Office because it is not good when the state has no idea what state standards are.  This also means the schools have no idea what the standards are when they talk about “benchmarks” for the elementary grades.

How do you make plans for improving the effectiveness of teaching and stopping the diluting of the curriculum--when you do not know where you stand?

Sue Atkinson, PhD

P. O. Box 301

Baxter IA 50028

641-227-3786

Iowa could address some of the problems concerning Dr. Atkinson by adopting, and honestly applying, the 65th National Percentile Rank (NPR) Proficiency Standard, or higher, to show Iowa education officials care about educating kids to at least a national grade level standard, used by states out-educating Iowa. 

Click the following websites that support Dr. Atkinson and are worthy of careful note!


HOW & WHY IOWA ADOPTED THE  LOWEST STUDENT PROFICIENCY STANDARD IN MIDWEST 

PROFICIENCY MISREPRESENTATION

GROSS MISREPRESENTATION OF % OF IOWA STUDENTS REPORTED PROFICIENT

70 YEAR CHART SHOWS 50 YEARS OF IOWA PUBLIC SCHOOL FAILURES

IA SCHOOLS WASTED 24% MORE THAN ALL IA CITIES SPENT

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

AWARENESS--STATE SCIENCE RANKINGS & 51% BELOW GRADE LEVEL-NOT 23%!!

AWARENESS--STATE MATH RANKINGS & 186,600 BELOW GRADE LEVEL

$1,000 BONUS AWARD TO C. R. POLK ELEMENTARY STAFF MEMBERS

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

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

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

READING RANKING OF IA SCHOOL DISTRICTS, 2014-2015

MATH RANKING OF 338 IA SCHOOL DISTRICTS, 2014-2015

SCIENCE RANKING OF 338 IA SCHOOL DISTRICTS, 2014-2015

ILLITERATE 3RD GRADERS CAN STILL BE PROMOTED

IA SCHOOLS DEMAND $1.9 BILLION MORE TO WASTE

IA K12 SCHOOLS SPENT $23 BILLION FOR FLAT ACT SCORES

IOWA STATE RANKING OF 5TH, 8TH AND 11TH SCIENCE TEST SCORES

REMOVE BAN & WELCOME JUDY HINTZ TO HELP FIX K-12 SCHOOLS

Ranked Obstacles To Fixing Iowa's K-12 Schools

Sincerely,

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