DISHONEST IA MEDIA--BOGUS BUDGET CUTS--PROFICIENT READERS--GOOD NEWS

1-27-17

Greetings, Gazette Editorial Board, Reporters Rod Boshart, Chelsea Keenan, Des Moines Register Editorial Board, Senator Charles Schneider (Records Request Herein) and all—

DISHONEST MEDIA

President Trump claims the media is dishonest and there is growing evidence of it.  The Cedar Rapids Gazette, Des Moines Register and other Iowa newspapers cite bogus state budget cuts and accept ‘stuff’ from public officials and the ISEA teacher’s union and report it without question or clarification—such as routinely done with bogus budget cuts, Proficient readers, Proficient math and science test scores.

BOGUS STATE BUDGET CUTS

Several newspaper articles and editorials lament about state budget cuts, that are bogus.  Gazette editors ridiculously want a tax increase to offset the bogus cuts.  A reduction in a budget increase is not a  budget  cut.  Website  http://www.iowalive.net/nostatebudgetcut.htm shows an FY 2017 budget increase of $61,805,329 not a  cut, using real numbers!

Here is a graphic the Gazette blindly carried without question or clarification, showing the bogus cuts that are honestly, merely reductions in budget increases.

 

IOWALIVE CHALLENGES STATE OFFICIALS AND MEDIA TO SHOW AN HONEST BUDGET CUT

THE DIFFERENCES WILL BE TRIVIAL WHEN COMPARED TO ACTUAL BUDGETS

Sen. Charles Schneider, R-West Des Moines, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, is  requested to fill out the table (including a table with the two budget increase columns cited below)  and email it to Iowalive at Iowalive9@q.com  If the media won’t report it,  Iowalive will. 

HONEST METHOD FOR SHOWING BUDGET DIFFERENCES

ORGANIZATIONS

ACTUAL BUDGETS

FY 2016

FY 2017

DIFFERENCE

% DIFFERENCE

Regents

 

 

 

 

Community Colleges

 

 

 

 

Public Information Board

 

 

 

 

Agriculture Dept.

 

 

 

 

Dept. of Natural Resources

 

 

 

 

DHS (unused Medicaid Approp)

 

 

 

 

Workforce Development

 

 

 

 

Education Department

 

 

 

 

Veterans Affairs

 

 

 

 

Corrections

 

 

 

 

Judicial Branch

 

 

 

 

Legislature

 

 

 

 

 

To deal with differences in budget increases the table’s first two columns can be adjusted to FY 17 Increase and FY 17 Adjusted Increase.   It isn’t complicated. 

PROFICIENT READERS AND TEST SCORES

The media and educators have been touting Proficient test scores just released on website https://www.educateiowa.gov/sites/files/ed/documents/Accountability%20Legislative%20Report.pdf  But it doesn’t explain what Proficient means—because they are ashamed of it—and  should be!! 

Iowa’s lowest in the Midwest, 40th National Percentile Rank Proficiency Standard permits educators to claim students are Proficient (Expert Readers) when only reading as good as 40% of U S. 4th readers tested.   That’s 10 percentage points BELOW the national average reader!

The following table shows the scam going on.  Website WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A PROFICIENT 4TH GRADE READER IN IOWA  further shows what Iowalive is talking about.

IOWA’S LOWEST IN THE MIDWEST PROFICIENCY SCAM IS AS BAD AS EXCLUDING LOW TEST SCORES IN THE PAST

IT'S A SCAM TO CLAIM IOWA READERS ARE PROFICIENT (EXPERT)  READERS WHEN ONLY READING AS GOOD AS 40% OF U. S. READERS.   Source:  Department of Education & Iowalive  1-27-17

SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN RED ARE MEMBERS OF IOWA URBAN EDUCATION NETWORK (IUEN) OF LARGE SCHOOLS 

IOWA 4TH GRADE READERS

TOTAL ENROLLMENT

*%  READING AS GOOD AS 40% OF U. S. READERS

% NOT AS READING GOOD AS 40% OF U. S. READERS

NO. OF READERS NOT READING AS GOOD AS 40% OF U. S. READERS

Cedar Rapids

71.09

28.91

6,776

16,939

Mason City 

71.7

28.3

1,495

3,738

Dubuque 

70.9

29.1

4,235

10,588

Sioux City 

66.7

33.3

5,846

14,615

Davenport 

63.49

36.51

6,321

15,801

Council Bluffs 

62.25

37.75

3,650

9,126

Des Moines Ind 

60.19

39.81

13,033

32,582

Marshalltown

57.87

42.13

2,128

5,321

Waterloo 

57.86

42.14

4,374

10,936

TOTALS

47,858

119,646

* AS REPORTED ON  https://www.educateiowa.gov/sites/files/ed/documents/Accountability%20Legislative%20Report.pdf 

 

Once Iowa adopts the 65th NPR Proficiency Standard and school choice, as it should, people can start listening to what educators, ISEA teacher’s union, politicians and the media are claiming. 

GOOD NEWS

Iowa legislators are working on legislation restoring Iowan’s Second Amendment rights and giving parents meaningful school choice, fought tooth and nail by the ISEA teacher’s union and  those perpetrating Iowa’s pathetic 40th NPR Proficiency Standard.  Senators Mike Gronstal, Steve Sodders and Brian Schoenjahn were soundly defeated to make such progress possible.  It  is hoped the legislators have stopped playing games with these and other issues. 

The following links take you to school district test score rankings that should  be of interest to those caring about educating Iowa’s kids.

COMPARE IOWA READING TEST SCORES FOR ALL GRADES TESTED 2015-2016

COMPARE IOWA MATH TEST SCORES FOR ALL GRADES TESTED 2015-2016

COMPARE IA SCIENCE TEST SCORES FOR ALL GRADES TESTED 2015-2016

Here are additional websites to support more analysis. 

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

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

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

 Sincerely,

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