FORMAL COMPLAINT OF MISCHARACTERIZED IOWA K-12 GRADUATION RATE CLAIM & FRAUD

12-18-17

Greetings, Des Moines Register and Cedar Rapids Gazette Editorial Boards, Dept. of Education Director Ryan Wise, Governor Kim Reynolds, Speaker Linda Upmeyer, Majority Leader Bill Dix, Attorney General Tom Miller, Iowa Ombudsman, Board of Educational Examiners, State Board of Education, Legislature Education Committees, Senator Chuck Grassley and all—

ATTENTION ALL ADDRESSEES OF THIS POST—Please accept and take effective action on this formal mischaracterization/fraud complaint against the Iowa Department of Education, Des Moines Register and Cedar Rapids Gazette Editorial Boards for claiming Iowa’s “highest in the nation graduation rate” and for fraudulently claiming Iowa students proficient/expert when scoring at the 40th National Percentile Rank, which is 10 percentage points below the national average student!!  More details for this complaint follow.

Both the Register and  the Gazette recently carried news articles about Iowa having the highest graduation rate in the nation.  And Dept. of Education website https://www.educateiowa.gov/article/2017/12/05/national-report-shows-iowa-no-1-graduation-rates-again  posted the news that fraudulently implies Iowa graduation standards are equivalent to national standards, which is far from the truth.  

And just as bad, Federal Dept. of Education website https://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/essagradrateguidance.pdf  says nothing about Student Proficiency Standards upon which the reported graduation rates are based.  Did the Feds error in accepting Iowa state graduation rate data as being based on the common Student Proficiency Standard of the 65th National Percentile Rank (NPR) used by many, if not most of, American public schools?  Did Iowa Dept. of Education officials advise the Feds of the deception?  No!  Have they publicly announced a departure from the 40th  NPR and  adoption of a higher rank?  NO!!

Iowa Dept. of Education Director Ryan Wise certainly knows Iowa’s graduation rate is based on Iowa’s 40th NPR Student Proficiency Standard, the lowest in the Midwest, if not the nation.   Furthermore, Iowalive estimates graduating from Iowa is 30% easier than graduating from a state having the  much higher 65th NPR  Student Proficiency Standard.  Director Wise or anyone claiming to have a better % number is asked to provide it!

Iowalive demands the Iowa Dept. of Education, the Des Moines Register and Cedar Rapids Gazette immediately correct the fraudulent “highest in the nation graduation rate” claim to clearly state it is based on the 40th NPR, one of the lowest, if not the lowest Student Proficiency Standard in the nation!   A standard so low that Iowa students scoring as low as the bottom 40% of students in the nation, are considered EXPERT performers

Here is how and why Iowa adopted the low Student Proficiency Standard.

http://www.iowalive.net/howandwhyiowagotalowproficiencystandard.htm

If that isn’t fraudulent, what is??  And beyond that, when word of any good Iowa K-12 school performance is claimed, it must be compared to the following known conditions.  

In addition to1) Iowa’s lowest student proficiency standards, 2) Iowa schools are also increasing the number of students in Special Ed (when effective teaching is reducing them in states with higher standards), AND 3) Iowa has one of the widest proficiency gaps in the country (when states using higher standards and more effective teaching are routinely reducing the proficiency gap).  4) Iowa educators cannot write competent curriculum, 5) Iowa educators cannot write competent assessments and 6) Iowa schools excluded low test scores from performance reports for many years, so only fools would believe the fraudulent high graduation rate means anything!!

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IS THIS HEAVEN?  NO!!  IT’S IOWA!!

http://www.iowalive.net/

Sincerely wishing all a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Honest New Year, for Iowa’s kids,

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