GROSS MISREPRESENTATION OF % OF IOWA STUDENTS, THE  DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION REPORTED PROFICIENT

5-12-13

THIS POST REPORTS A VERY SAD EVENT FOR IOWA, PERPETRATED BY IOWA GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS—TO THE DETRIMENT OF IOWA’S KIDS!! 

IN THE PAST 10 YEARS, A GRAND TOTAL OF NEARLY 1 MILLION STUDENT VICTIMS AND THEIR PARENTS WERE DUPED INTO THINKING THE STUDENTS WERE 'PROFICIENT', EXPERT, AT GRADE LEVEL, WHEN THEY WERE NOT!!

The Des Moines Register and Cedar Rapids Gazette have tragically dropped the ball on this scandal. 

Listen to Mickelson in the Morning, on WHO radio 1040, at 9:05 AM on Monday 5-13-13 (live podcast at http://www.whoradio.com/pages/pp_janmickelson.html  or  http://www.iheart.com/live/925/?autoplay=true  ) and hear more about how blatantly Iowa students and parents are duped by Iowa’s bogus, if not fraudulent, student Proficiency standard. 

Greetings, Governor Terry Branstad and all—

Finally, at 3:34 PM, Friday May 10, (to make it nearly impossible to make the Sunday Papers) the Department of Education provided Percent Proficient data Iowalive requested on Jan.14, 2013.  The data would not have been provided at all except for prodding from State senators and the State Ombudsman—who are gratefully thanked for their help.   

As shown in the table below, the Department of Education reported to parents, students, legislators, taxpayers and others that 74.4% of Iowa 4th graders are Reading  Proficiently (Expertly) at the 4th grade level, when in fact the Department of Education just admitted only  40.3% are actually reading at the 4th grade level, when tested.  This equates to an 85% inflation, or misrepresentation, of student achievement—perpetrated by use of the bogus 40th National  Percentile Rank (NPR) Proficiency standard, adopted by the Department of Education, under Governor Vilsack and the ISEA  teacher union.    

Similarly, the table shows parents, students, legislators, taxpayers and  others were told 78.2% of Iowa 4th graders are doing Math Proficiently (Expertly) at the 4th grade level, when in fact the Department of Education just admitted only  40.1% are actually doing Math at the 4th grade level, when tested.  This equates to a 95% inflation or misrepresentation of student achievement.   

Similar misrepresentations for 8th and 11th grade reading and math are shown in the table.  It must be stated that the Department  of Education made NO corrections for cheating, as if none exists, despite gross cheating already under investigation in Davenport.  

 The problem is: Iowa’s low 40th NPR ‘proficiency’ standard considers 4th graders scoring at the 3.1 Iowa grade level to be ‘proficient’ or expert 4th grade readers!  Similarly, Iowa’s low standard considers 8th graders scoring at the 6.9 Iowa grade level to be ’proficient’ or expert 8th grade readers, and 11th graders scoring at the 9.2 level to be "proficient" or expert 11 grade readers.  The same applies to Math--and all grades tested.  This is nearly double the number actually Proficient.  And it is going on in grades 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, & 10 as well. 

Large Iowa media news editors have failed, and stubbornly refuse, to report these shameful, if not outright fraudulent,  conditions to Iowans. 

Governor Branstad, you’re a lawyer—if this misrepresentation isn’t fraudulent, what is??  What are you going to do about it?  This happened on your watch—even though it started under Governor Vilsack!   DE Director, Jason Glass, could have stopped using the bogus 40th NPR Proficiency Standard and replaced it with the honest 65th NPR, but he did not, Governor.  How come?

THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION FOUGHT THE FEDS AND ADOPTED THE BOGUS 40th NPR AS THE STATE PROFICIENCY STANDARD

IT IS THE LOWEST PROFICIENCY STANDARD IN THE MIDWEST!!

THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION MISREPRESENTED (INFLATED) THE % OF IA STUDENTS SCORING AT IA GRADE LEVEL BY UP TO 95%.  SUCH  MISREPRESENTATION IS COMMONLY KNOWN AS FRAUD.  SOURCE:  IOWA DEPT. OF EDUCATION & IOWALIVE 

IOWA GRADE LEVEL & SUBJECT

STATE PERCENTAGE PROFICIENT SCORES  AT 65TH NATIONAL PERCENTILE RANK--IOWA GRADE LEVEL & BELOW IOWA GRADE LEVEL,  2011-2012 Source:  Dept. of Education 2011-2012 Public School Student (Iowa Assessment Data)

* ACTUAL % THE DEPT. OF EDUCATION   REPORTED  ARE PROFICIENT AT OR ABOVE IOWA   ENROLLED GRADE LEVEL--4OTH  NPR

 % THE DEPT. OF EDUCATION  FINALLY ADMITTED ARE SCORING AT OR ABOVE IOWA ENROLLED GRADE LEVEL--65TH NPR

  % AMOUNT OF MISREPRESENTATION BETWEEN WHAT DEPT. OF ED. FIRST CLAIMED AND FINALLY ADMITTED ARE PROFICIENT AT OR ABOVE ENROLLED GRADE LEVEL  %

 % DEPT. OF EDUCATION NOW ADMITS ARE SCORING BELOW IOWA ENROLLED GRADE LEVEL

4TH READING

74.4%

40.30%

85%

60%

8TH READING

66.1%

39.75%

66%

60%

11TH READING

83.9%

54.10%

55%

46%

4TH MATH

78.2%

40.10%

95%

60%

8TH MATH

74.6%

42.80%

74%

57%

11TH MATH

82.8%

54.70%

51%

45%

ANYONE DOUBTING THAT THE 40TH & 65TH NPRs ARE AT THE 3RD & 4TH IOWA GRADE LEVELS WHEN TESTED, NEED ONLY TO REVIEW DISTRICT SUMMARY REPORTS UNTIL FINDING REPORTS HAVING THE 40TH AND 65TH NPR DATA POINTS--JUST AS IOWALIVE NET WORKERS HAVE DONE.  WHEN YOU  FIND  HONEST OFFICIALS AT THE DEPT. OF EDUCATION, THEY WILL TELL YOU THE ABOVE NUMBERS ARE CORRECT—AS THE NUMBERS IN RED ARE THEIR NUMBERS

 *  Posted on Dept. of Ed. website:  http://www.educateiowa.gov/index.php?option=com_docman&task=cat_view&gid=519&Itemid=55

THE BOTTOM LINE

The bottom line shown in the table below is calculated using Department of Education reported enrollments and the differences in the % of students claimed to be scoring at enrolled grade level and the % actually scoring at enrolled grade level. 

THIS MUST BE ONE OF THE GREATEST LEVELS OF MISREPRESENTATION EVER PERPETRATED  IN IOWA

AND THE MISREPRESENTATION HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR OVER 10 YEARS—FOR A GRAND TOTAL OF NEARLY 1 MILLION  STUDENT VICTIMS ALONE!!

IN 2011-2012, AT LEAST 96,000 IOWA STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS WERE DUPED INTO THINKING THE STUDENTS'  WERE PROFICIENT, AT ENROLLED GRADE LEVEL, WHEN THEY WERE NOT.   Source:  Dept of Education and Iowalive  

GRADE

2011-2012 ENROLLMENT

% REPORTED PROFICIENT WHEN THEY ARE NOT.

NUMBER OF STUDENTS REPORTED PROFICIENT WHEN THEY ARE NOT

4TH

34,948

34.10%

11,917

8TH

35,514

26.35%

9,358

11TH

35,660

29.80%

10,627

TOTAL STUDENT VICTIMS OF MISREPRESENTATION IN GRADES 4, 8 & 11.

31,902

AVERAGE REPORTED PROFICIENT IN GRADES 4, 8 & 11,  WHEN THEY WERE NOT

30%

10,634

GRADES 3, 5, 6, 7,

141,460

30%

64,567

CALCULATED TOTAL STUDENT VICTIMS OF PROFICIENCY MISREPRESENTATION IN GRADES 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,  & 11--IN 1 YEAR.

74,458

ANYONE CLAIMING TO HAVE BETTER NUMBERS IS ASKED TO PROVIDE THEM.

Prior to the Department of education adopting the bogus 40th NPR Proficiency Standard, school districts reported the % of students at Iowa Grade Level.  But this was when school districts, especially the larger school districts, were excluding as many low scores as they wanted to. 

The following websites support the above tables. 

PROFICIENCY MISREPRESENTATION

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

MATH RANKING OF IOWA'S PUBLIC SCHOOLS 2010-2011 

DR. SUE DEFEATS REGISTER READING EDITORIAL NONSENSE BY 46%

FROM DEPT. OF EDUCATION DECEPTION TO DAVENPORT SCHOOL CHEATING

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT DUPED BY IA STUDENT PROFICIENCY DECEPTION

2003-2004 IA. SCHOOL HONESTY/INTEGRITY RANKINGS

STOP DEPARTMENT OF ED.  OVERSIGHT OF HOME SCHOOLING!!!

53 FAILING SCHOOLS IN DES MOINES & CEDAR RAPIDS METRO AREA

4TH READING RANKING OF IA. SCHOOL DISTRICTS--8-31-12

70 YEAR CHART SHOWS 50 YEARS OF IOWA PUBLIC SCHOOL FAILURES

Sincerely,

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