SUPERIOR EDUCATOR DR. SUE GIVES RESULTS FOR EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT (ESSA)

9-26-16

Greetings, Iowa Dept. of Education Director, Ryan Wise, Governor Branstad and all--

Superior Educator Dr. Sue Atkinson is out in front of 9 upcoming public AEA meetings on what Iowa should do to meet Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements, that replace No Child Left Behind (NCLB).   She is highly commended for stating four year results expectations for effectively implementing her 5 recommendations for Iowa meeting ESSA requirements!!

DR. SUE STATES HOW IOWA K-12 CAN CATCH UP WITH OTHER STATES

The intent of both No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and its replacement Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is to stop the discrimination epitomized by Iowa in declaring all students, not able to learn in the dysfunctional system of memorization, as disabled (so as either not to test them or not count their low test scores).  In addition to not counting low test scores, Iowa periodically lowered the standards of the Iowa Assessments when 50% of those tested could not pass them, until even the best students showed Iowa slipping on the national NAEP exams by the early 1990s. 

Since the passage of NCLB in 2001, Iowa has clung to its failed education theories and continues to slide on the national NAEP exams as other states figured out what they have been doing wrong.

·       The 2004 Manhattan Institute Teachability Report clearly showed students can learn when concepts are both in the curriculum and are effectively taught (and remediated) to their learning style, but Iowa ignored those findings until the first of this year (after ESSA was signed into law in December 2015).

·       Iowa falsely believed it could write its own curriculum, but it proved to be such an embarrassment (showing a complete lack of knowledge of concepts and how to effectively teach them) that it was taken down and replaced with the Common Core (an entry-level system to re-introduce concepts back into the curriculum) – except for the reading curriculum.

·       Iowa insisted on inserting its own dysfunctional reading theories into the Common Core, and is presently at a loss to explain why they cannot teach students up to even the low standards the state has adopted (41st NPR), let alone hope to achieve grade-level standards of 65th NPR in student proficiencies – AND they are falling in relationship to other states on the national NAEP exams.

·       Too many Iowa teachers continue to dilute the Common Core with aspects of memorization (in addition to the intentional dilution of the reading program by the state) because it is all they know, thus holding back the advances that are possible in student proficiencies.

This is what Iowa needs to be doing effectively to catch up with other states in about four years:

1.    STOP THE USE OF ALL THEORIES BASED ON MEMORIZATION AND DISCRIMINATION AGAINST STUDENTS WHO CANNOT SUCCEED IN SUCH A SYSTEM.

2.    Drop the changes Iowa made to the Common Core with regard to reading.

3.    Train teachers to effectively teach concepts and their applications to all learning styles (which is not presently being done).

4.    Until teachers can effectively teach concepts and their applications, use 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.    Countries out-educating us use examples of student failure to reassess their teaching methods rather than blaming the students.  Iowa should.

Sue Atkinson, PhD

P. O. Box 301

Baxter IA 50028

641-227-378

THERE IS MORE  ESSA INFORMATION AVAILABLE

LINKS TO ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON ESSA.  Source:   Iowalive  9-26-16

LINKS TO ESSA REQUIREMENTS ETC.

DESCRIPTION

http://www.manhattan-institute.org/pdf/ewp_06.pdf  Manhattan Institute teachability study (that Iowa educators ignored)

Requirements for transitioning to ESSA

http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/essafaqstransition62916.pdf

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/documents/ESSA_Progress_Report.pdf

A progress report on ESSA

https://edtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/What-is-in-ESSA.pdf

Overview of ESSA from the Education Trust

https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=64

This link is from the National Center for Education Statistics.  If is not by state, but the national data could be of interest when compared to NAEP results.

http://eddataexpress.ed.gov/

This link is from the ED.gov data site, and there is a breakdown by state. 

Iowa public meetings scheduled on ESSA—Source:  Des Moines Register

 

Sincerely,

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