DES MOINES SCHOOL BOARD IMPROVES ITS OVERSIGHT!!

9-28-16

Greetings, Des Moines School Board Members and all—

Des Moines Register reporter Mackenzie Ryan’s  1,175 word article in the 9-22-16 edition reported the Des Moines school district’s dismal failure to teach black students.   Kudos to the school board for improving its oversight and  finally asking school officials some pertinent questions about failures to teach black students shown in the  “Males of Color” monitoring report, the first to track year-over-year achievement among minority males in grades K-12 in Des Moines.  The report shows black male scores are falling through the grades and through the years as well. 

It is so bad some board members were even expressing their disappointment and their concerns as well—at last.  The useless Iowa Association of School Boards would never express such disappointment. 

In response to board concerns, school officials relied on time worn excuses for poor school performance such as poverty, language barriers and even gangs.   Fortunately, some board members were not buying the  baloney this time around.  Nor did they buy into  a half-baked proposal to spend $5 million over five years on the "Schools for Rigor"  program.  The program has no measureable student achievement results expectations and no interim milestones to show measurable progress or the lack of it. 

Failure is 'suddenly' discovered after 5 years, and there is no recovery plan for the academically damaged students.  Same ‘ol,  same  ‘ol!

Blessings to  Sharon Bell, a community member who said she was disappointed in the findings — and the approach. “I don’t think they really understand the challenges.”  Bingo!!

Teachers are unfortunately forced to rely on student memorization as they are not trained to teach reading, phonics or ‘concepts’, which are understandings of what is taught.  Equally bad, the Des Moines system does not test to identify and effectively teach, students having the 4 student learning styles shown in the following table, and as explained on website http://lyceumbooks.com/pdf/howtoteacheffectively_typesoflearners.pdf  .

 

IOWA SCHOOL DISTRICT'S TEACHING  SYSTEM IS DISASTROUSLY FLAWED—BLACKS AND WHITES BOTH SUFFER 

DES MOINES & STATE SCHOOL DISTRICTS HAVE MEMORIZATION BASED SYSTEMS THAT  FAIL TO IDENTIFY AND TEACH TO MATCH THE 4 STUDENT LEARNING STYLES

DES MOINES & AVERAGE STATE SCHOOL DISTRICT'S MEMORIZATION BASED TEACHING  SYSTEMS MATCH  ONLY 14% OF  THEIR K-12 STUDENTS'.   Source:  Iowalive  9-28-16

STUDENTS HAVE THESE 4 LEARNING STYLES--MEMORIZATION IS NOT A LEARNING STYLE!

% Of Des Moines School District

% Des Moines Teaching System Matches

% Of Total Students Teaching System Matches

% Of Black Students Des Moines & State Teaching Systems Match

Visual--Learn by seeing and  visualizing

25%

14%

3.5%

4%

Auditory--Learn by listening and verbalizing

15%

59%

8.9%

6%

Read-Write--Learn by silently reading and rewriting notes 

25%

3%

0.8%

3%

Kinesthetic--Learn by doing and solving real-life problems

35%

1%

0.4%

1%

TOTAL

100%

 

13%

14%

Numbers Are Derived Using Iowalive's Proprietary Algorithms and Database.

Anyone Claiming to Have Better Numbers is Asked to Provide Them, Along With Derivation Methods Used.

 

DES MOINES SCHOOL DISTRICT RANKS IN THE BOTTOM 10% OF IOWA’S 335 SCHOOLS TESTED IN READING, MATH & SCIENCE

http://www.iowalive.net/readinggradestested15-16.htm      Des Moines ranked 325th in state in reading

http://www.iowalive.net/mathgradestested15-16-2.htm   Des Moines ranked 327th in state in math

http://www.iowalive.net/sciencegradestested15-16.htm   Des Moines ranked 330th in the state in science

Des Moines school district will improve to national student achievement levels in about 4 years after it effectively:

1.    Stops use of all existing theories based on memorization and blaming disabled students rather defective teaching systems

2.    Drops changes Iowa made to Common Core reading methods

3.    Trains teachers to effectively teach concepts and their applications to each student’s learning style

4.    Uses online programs to effectively remediate all students failed by the dysfunctional system of education for decades (because this will demonstrate they can learn as well as help to train the teachers).

5.    Does as countries out-educating Des Moines and uses examples of student failure to reassess their teaching methods rather than blaming the students. 

6.    Visits with and listens to Judy Hintz at Educational Recourses Associates in West Des Moines  http://www.thekidfixer.com/  .    Judy routinely identifies and matches learning styles and brings kids up to grade level the Des Moines and other school districts failed to teach.    http://www.iowalive.net/radio%20agenda.htm   http://www.iowalive.net/judyhintzteachespoorkids.htm     

Sincerely,

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