ADMITTING & GETTING IOWA K-12 EDUCATION OFF STUCK ON STUPID

11-3-17

Greetings, Legislature Education Committees, State Board of Education, Dept. of Ed. Director Ryan Wise,  Des Moines Register and Cedar Rapids Gazette Editorial Boards, Iowa Association of School Boards  and all—

 

Please forward this post to all Iowa school boards.  Thank you very much. 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

In this post, superior educator, Dr. Sue Atkinson emphasizes the fact Iowa educators are stuck on stupid, and suggests how they can get off of it.  Des Moines Register and Cedar Rapids Gazette editorial boards, and Iowa education officials--ought to take heed as well!! 

 

Here is the bottom line of Iowa K-12 education.     

 

Teachers, who haven’t been trained effective teaching methods, are given pay raises and the wrong materials and methods, with which to teach students whose learning problems have been misdiagnosed or ignored!!!  

 

And the Iowa Association of School Boards foolishily commends Dept. of Education Director Ryan Wise for implementing 3 summer reading programs that failed!!!    http://www.iowalive.net/summerreadingfailed.htm   And governor Reynolds says “she will have to honor the increased school funding commitment” to appease the evil ISEA teacher’s union, so the legislature will appropriate millions more for Iowa’s child abusing, stuck on stupid, miseducation.

 

Iowa’s larger school districts show diseconomies of scale with lower percentages of students claimed proficient, the larger their enrollments are.  http://www.iowalive.net/readingallstested15-16.htm  

And at greater cost per student.  http://www.iowalive.net/fairerschoolaidfunding.htm

 

IF teachers are following the common core, they have a guide as to what they should be doing.  Even when schools are able to supply the correct materials-– the problem in Iowa is that the teacher training programs are failures at providing the effective methods for teaching the correct materials to the various student learning styles.  The state adoption of an alternative assessment means they intend to continue falsely blaming students that are being failed by the system rather than properly assessing the teaching methods – which is what Iowa educators have done for decades to avoid accountability.

 

Who will admit and drain Iowa’s child abusing miseducation swamp?

 

  Not the Department of Education that:

 

1.   Adopted and sustains the lowest student proficiency standard in the Midwest, if not the nation—and  schools can’t meet it and get waivers for failures.

a.   It adamantly refuses to raise the standard from the 40 National Percentile Rank (NPR) to the 65th NPR national grade level standard.

b.   It claims students are Proficient (Expert) readers when reading and doing math and science 10 percentage points below the national average

2.   Continues to make decisions based on flawed education theories and ineffective teaching methods

3.   Falsely believes low student proficiencies are based on defective students rather than defective methods

4.   Chronically implements costly fixes without stating any measurable student achievement improvement expectations—and then doesn’t achieve any

5.    Demands more school funding without any intention, preparation, expectation or plans to make better use of existing funding

 

Suggested education fixes and results expectations, for getting educators off stuck on stupid, are presented farther below. 

 

MORE STUCK ON STUPID EVIDENCE

 

1.   Iowa’s education system makes bad decisions based on poor education theories and ineffective teaching methods and false beliefs that low student proficiencies are based on defective students rather than defective methods.  “Iowa Code section 279.68  and 281--Iowa Administrative Code 62 was passed to fix the problems by requiring reading screening in K through 3rd grades.

2.   Unfortunately, there is no valid or reliable reading screener for students with significant cognitive disabilities.

a.   For example, approximately 50% of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities cannot use speech well enough to read aloud, hold pencils or use standard keyboards

b.   And all experience a combination of cognitive and linguistic impairments that make it inappropriate for them to participate in standard assessments even with accommodations.

                                              i.     It is inappropriate for them to participate in standard assessments even with accommodations.

3.   As such, the Iowa Department of Education issued Guidance on May 30, 2014 [Iowa Citation Code, 256B; Iowa Administrative Code citation – IAC 28162.3 (6)] that allows a district to, “Permit a student with a disability who has been determined to require an alternate assessment aligned to alternate academic achievement standards in reading to take an alternate reading assessment[1] that includes progress monitoring.” It hasn’t helped!! 

4.   Countries out-educating us – along with an increasing number of states – continually assess and improve the methods teachers are using (for effectiveness and interaction with various student learning styles)

a.   Iowa educators are stuck on stupid and won’t  do that.

b.   They continue the practice of using low standards to artificially look good rather than actually being good

                                              i.     They do not know how to improve!!

                                            ii.      And they can no longer write assessment tests because they do not understand what competency-based education is all about – sixteen years after the passage of No Child Left Behind (2001), followed by Every Student Succeeds Act (updated 2016).

                                          iii.     They remain stuck on stupid!

 

IOWA TEACHER TRAINING GETS CHRONIC GRADES OF D

 

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) issued its assessment of elementary teacher training programs in December 2016 https://www.nctq.org/dmsStage/UE_2016_Landscape_653385_656245 , and of high school teacher training programs in May 2017 https://www.nctq.org/dmsStage/Landscapes_-_2017_UG_Secondary , indicating Iowa tends to continue using the wrong methods and the state has failed in its leadership role to properly set the standards.  https://www.nctq.org/statePolicy/2015/statePolicyFindings.do?stateId=13

 

 

 

SUGGESTED EDUCATION FIXES AND RESULTS EXPECTATIONS—FOR GETTING EDUCATORS OFF STUCK ON STUPID

 

1.   Admit Iowa education has been on the wrong track for decades, using memorization that left out several learning styles and required regular lowering of standards, which ultimately brought the national government into the picture to get back on track.

a.   This is expected to raise student achievement by at least 2% in 5 years, at no increase in cost.

2.   Admit Iowa educators spent decades falsely blaming students as being defective rather than properly assessing their own processes and curriculum, which is the reason for the national Common Core (that Iowa educators proved they had no skills to design themselves). 

a.   This is expected to raise student achievement by at least 10% in 5 years, at no increase in cost.

3.   Admit Iowa educators worked with the media to convey a false picture of Iowa education to the taxpayers footing the bill for a dysfunctional system.

a.   This is expected to raise student achievement by at least 2% in 5 years, at no increase in cost.

4.   Raise the student proficiency standard to the 65th NPR. 

a.    This is expected to raise student achievement by at least 10% in five years, at no cost increase.

5.   Reallocate school funding to increase home schooler funding by at least 15%. 

a.   This is expected to raise student achievement by at least 3% in 5 years, at no increase in cost.

6.   Improve teacher training as explained by the NCTQ: https://www.nctq.org/dmsStage/Learning_About_Learning_Report  Learning About Learning: What Every New Teacher Needs to Know    

a.   This is expected to raise student achievement by at least 15% in 5 years, at now increase in cost.  Funding for it is reallocated from existing failed teacher training programs!

    7. Total improved student achievement results expectation is 57% in 5 years, at no additional cost!!

b.   This would place Iowa student achievement higher than educators stuck on stupid are now falsely claiming it to be—at no additional cost!

c.   Honesty doesn’t cost, it pays!!!!

   

Sue Atkinson, PhD

P. O. Box 301

Baxter IA 50028

641-227-3786

 

http://www.iowalive.net/

 

Sincerely,

 

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