THIS PAGE UPDATED 1-24-18

Greetings all—

The latest 2015 NAEP state rankings in math, reading and science are cited in the following post.  To help those having difficulty, here is how Dr. Sue finds the rankings on the NAEP website in 5 steps.  A NAEP state ranking score sheet is pasted below the steps.  It shows Iowa ranked 24th in 4th reading.   The best state, Massachusetts, isn't very good as it only scores 235.28 out of a  possible  500!

Step  1  Click here  https://www.nationsreportcard.gov/profiles/stateprofile/overview/IA?cti=PgTab_OT&chort=1&sub=MAT&sj=IA&fs=Grade&st=MN&year=2015R3&sg=Gender%3A+Male+vs.+Female&sgv=Difference&ts=Single+Year&tss=2015R3-2015R3&sfj=NP 

Step 2  Click on Sate Comparisons and then click on Desired Grade and Subject and then click to put a dot in the circle for Average Scale Scores if not already there

Step 3  Scroll far down on the right and click on  CHANGE TABLE FORMAT OPTIONS 

Step 4  Place a check in the  box  Display additional decimal places for all data values (e.g., 2.01)

Step 5  Click Apply and view the state rankings based on AVERAGE SCORE

Iowa State Comparisons Data

Reading, Grade 4
Difference in average scale scores between all jurisdictions and Iowa, for All students [TOTAL], 2015

Click on column headers to sort data by scores for a student group or score differences
Order Jurisdiction Difference from Iowa (IA) NUMBER OF JURISDICTIONS AVERAGE SCORE (0-500)
Higher Not significantly different Lower Score
1 Massachusetts
+11.65
0 1 50 235.28
2 DoDEA
+10.13
0 2 49 233.76
3 New Hampshire
+8.32
1 5 45 231.95
4 Vermont
+6.47
2 7 42 230.10
5 New Jersey
+5.86
2 13 36 229.49
6 Virginia
+5.34
2 16 33 228.97
7 Connecticut
+5.32
2 13 36 228.95
8 Wyoming
+4.53
3 12 36 228.16
9 Kentucky
+4.43
3 15 33 228.06
10 Indiana
+3.65
4 16 31 227.28
11 Florida
+3.56
4 16 31 227.19
12 Pennsylvania
+3.04
3 27 21 226.67
13 Nebraska
+3.01
4 20 27 226.63
14 Utah
+2.51
4 22 25 226.14
15 Washington
+2.26
4 27 20 225.89
16 North Carolina
+2.18
4 24 23 225.81
17 Rhode Island
+1.86
7 21 23 225.49
18 Ohio
+1.30
7 26 18 224.93
19 Montana
+1.13
9 23 19 224.76
20 North Dakota
+1.06
9 21 21 224.69
21 Colorado
+0.39
7 28 16 224.02
22 Maine
+0.10
11 23 17 223.73
23 Delaware
+0.07
11 23 17 223.70
Iowa
11 23 17 223.63
24 Wisconsin
-0.27
12 23 16 223.36
25 Minnesota
-0.28
11 24 16 223.35
26 Maryland
-0.69
12 23 16 222.94
27 Missouri
-0.90
13 22 16 222.73
28 New York
-0.98
13 22 16 222.65
29 Illinois
-1.61
15 22 14 222.02
30 Georgia
-1.62
15 22 14 222.01
31 Oklahoma
-1.80
17 20 14 221.83
32 Idaho
-1.94
19 18 14 221.69
National public
-2.27
22 16 14 221.36
33 Kansas
-2.54
18 22 11 221.09
34 South Dakota
-3.16
23 17 11 220.47
35 Oregon
-3.41
20 23 8 220.22
36 Tennessee
-5.02
29 16 6 218.61
37 Arkansas
-5.55
33 12 6 218.08
38 South Carolina
-5.66
33 13 5 217.97
39 Texas
-5.69
29 19 3 217.94
40 Alabama
-6.58
33 15 3 217.05
41 Michigan
-7.32
35 14 2 216.31
42 West Virginia
-7.38
35 14 2 216.25
43 Louisiana
-7.43
35 14 2 216.20
44 Arizona
-8.32
36 14 1 215.31
45 Hawaii
-8.51
36 14 1 215.12
46 Nevada
-9.20
38 12 1 214.43
47 Mississippi
-9.52
39 11 1 214.11
48 Alaska
-10.84
41 9 1 212.79
49 California
-10.95
39 11 1 212.68
50 District of Columbia
-11.32
44 6 1 212.31
51 New Mexico
-16.39
51 0 0 207.24
Significantly higher than Iowa
Not significantly different from Iowa
Significantly lower than Iowa
 

 

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IA STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT TO BE #1 IN NATION UNDER BOARD OF EDUCATION STRATEGIC PLAN

1-23-18

Greetings, IA State Board of Education, Iowa Legislature Education Committee Members, Dept. of Ed. Director Ryan Wise,  IASB, SAI, PEI, ISEA, AEA, INA  and all—

Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB)—Please forward this post to all school boards.  Thank you.

School Administrators of Iowa (SAI)—Please forward this post to all school administrators.  Thank you.

Professional Educators of Iowa (PEI)—Please forward this post to all members.  Thank you.

Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) —Please forward this post to all union members.  Thank you.

Area Education Association (AEA)-- Please forward this post to all members. Thank you

Iowa Newspaper Association (INA)  Please forward this post to all Iowa newspapers. Thank you as well.

INCREASE IA STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT TO #1 IN NATION WITHIN 10 YEARS

The 2017-2018 Board of Education Strategic Plan posted on website https://www.educateiowa.gov/sites/files/ed/documents/2017-2018%20State%20Board%20Strategic%20Plan%20with%20Action%20Steps.pdf  contains the elements evaluated and scored in the following table.  Notice the Plan makes no mention of 1) board emphasis, 2) student achievement 3) results expectations 4) schedule or 5) costs, as usual for failed ‘education’ plans.  And also as usual, Iowalive net workers stepped up and produced the following tables and this post, at no cost to anyone, to fill the glaring voids and improve student achievement  by 70%, (at least 10th in nation) within  6 years and to #1 in the nation within 10 years.

EFFECTIVE BOARD OF EDUCATION EMPHASIS ON STRATEGIC PLAN INCREASES STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT BY 70% WITHIN 6 YEARS

Net New Money Total Cost To Be $1,620,000

RESULTS AND COSTS OF STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION 2017-2018 STRATEGIC PLAN.  EFFECTIVE BOARD EMPHASIS ON ACCOUNTABILITY & COMPETITION INCREASES AVERAGE K-12 STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT BY 70% WITHIN 6 YEARS.  Source:  Iowalive  1-20-18

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION 2017-2018 STRATEGIC PLAN ELEMENTS

ESTIMATED %  IMPROVEMENT IN AVERAGE IOWA K-12 STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT WITHIN 5 YEARS WITH  DIFFERENT LEVELS OF BOARD EMPHASIS ON STRATEGIC PLAN IMPLEMENTATION:

Total 5 Year *Net Cost With Effective Board Emphasis on Accountability  & Private Sector Competition

Typical Board Emphasis

Effective Board Emphasis on Accountability

Effective Board Emphasis on Private Sector Competition

Effective Board Emphasis on Accountability  & Private Sector Competition

1. Eliminating Early Literacy Achievement Gaps

3%

7.3%

10.3%

17.6%

$300,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goal 1: Students in kindergarten through third grade will meet or exceed reading benchmarks.

 

Action step: Review data on the reading screening assessment three times each year.

 

Goal 2: Students not meeting grade level benchmarks will have access to differentiated interventions and learning opportunities.

 

Action step: Support the development of a reporting method for assessing which students need interventions and do not have access to those interventions.

 

Goal 3: Teachers will have access and training, in preservice and in-service, to early literacy best practices.

 

Action step: Support the training of teachers and develop a report for the Board to determine next steps.

 

2. Transitioning to New Assessments

1%

2.6%

5.1%

7.7%

$350,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goal: Statewide assessment of student learning in English language arts, math, and science will be aligned to Iowa’s academic standards.

 

Action step: Notice rules to adopt a statewide assessment.

 

Action step: Support the implementation of resources and opportunities for teacher development for new assessment and school readiness update on technology.

 

3. Implementing Iowa’s Academic Standards

1%

1.4%

2.2%

3.6%

$70,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goal: All school districts and accredited nonpublic schools will implement Iowa’s rigorous academic standards to prepare students to be college and career ready.

 

Action step: Review implementation plan for social studies standards. Action step: Adopt fine arts standards.

 

Action step: Adopt computer science standards.

 

Action step: Begin development of physical education and health standards.

 

4. Improving Teacher and Leader Preparation

1%

1.2%

2.3%

3.5%

$350,000

Goal: All teacher and leader preparation programs in Iowa will align with comprehensive standards and prepare candidates to meet the high expectations of our teacher and leader workforce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Action step: Emphasize practical experience, classroom management, appropriate and effective differentiation strategies and meaningful endorsements.

 

5. Increasing Accessibility of Career and Technical Education, Work-Based Learning, and Community College Credit and Preparing Productive Citizens for Rewarding Careers

5%

12.0%

22.0%

34.0%

$550,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goal 1: Students across Iowa, regardless of geography, will have access to robust Career and Technical Education (CTE), work-based learning experiences, and community college credit and credential opportunities through an integrated system.

 

Action step: Monitor implementation of CTE redesign and support the Department in providing assistance to regional planning partnerships.

 

Goal 2: Students, including adult learners, will be prepared and supported by community colleges to be credentialed, productive citizens, and lifelong learners.

 

Action step: Adopt expanded high school equivalency rules.

 

Action step: Support the Department’s work on alignment of the various sector boards.

 

Action step: Support the implementation of the Future Ready Iowa initiative.

 

6. Creating a Safe and Rich Learning Environment

1%

1.2%

2.4%

3.6%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goal: All Iowa schools will foster a culture and climate in which students feel safe and supported.

 

Action step: Host a discussion with students, the Iowa Association of School Boards, and administrators who have had success in creating a positive school culture.

 

Action step: Discuss the impact of open enrollment date and impact at the district level.

 

Action step: Review relevant information on this priority.

TOTAL

12%

25.7%

44.3%

70.0%

$1,620,000

* Net Cost is Based on Reallocating Any Additional Funding Needed From the $212.9 Billion Wasted on Failed Education Fixes Posted ON http://www.iowalive.net/failuresandfix.htm

Anyone claiming to have better numbers is asked to provide them.

 

EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF BOTTOM LINE SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/about/ is an excellent accountability system for Iowa’s K-12 schools.  It is based on national standards and national grade levels as well as the national concept-based curriculum.  It tests what students ought to know, it is cheap, it is very hard to cheat, it is simple, the schools can use whatever other assessments they like, it places honest emphasis on where Iowa schools fit nationally, individual school boards could adopt it even if the state doesn’t,  it’s fair because all Iowa schools are working on the same Board of Education Strategic plan and it would show an expectation for Iowa being the top education state in the nation, in the subjects NAEP tested, as shown in the following table Educators will be very hard pressed to define a better method and state why it is better. 

NAEP ranks states based on academic scores.  The following table shows 2015 NAEP rankings and how Iowa can improve to #1 ranking.    The legislature  should set the requirement that Iowa be ranked in the top 10 in 6 years and  # 1 in the nation within 10 years.  And when Iowa doesn’t have better rankings than those in the table, school districts would get no increase in state funding until the rankings are better.  

Educators worship money and without any bottom line metric for  it, they will ignore legislator’s and all other performance requirements, just as they have ignored all attempts at improvement for over 50 years.  http://www.iowalive.net/failuresandfix.htm

EXCELLENT EXAMPLES OF SCHOOL COMPETITION

Teachers are key to school performance.  Iowa law should invite teachers who meet NCTQ teaching standards, such as those teaching online classes and in states that are closing the achievement gap.  Iowa’s teacher training programs do not meet NCTQ requirements because the state does not require them to meet it, as it must!! 

In addition, Iowa should increase financial support for vouchers, school choice, home schooling and online schooling.

IOWA BOARD OF EDUCATION HAS A STRATEGIC 2017-2018 PLAN TO GET IOWA SCHOOLS RANKED #1 IN THE NATION BY 2027

ACTUAL NAEP TEST SCORES MUST BE BETTER THAN BENCHMARKS TO SHOW PROGRESS AND SUCCESS

TABLE  WILL  BE UPDATED TO SHOW 2017 NAEP RANKINGS THAT WILL BE USED AS OFFICIAL BENCHMARKS

TABLE SHOWS 2015 BENCHMARKS AS AN EXAMPLE UNTIL 2017 NAEP DATA IS AVAILABLE WITHIN A MONTH

TABLE IS THE  BOTTOM LINE ACCOUNTABILITY METRIC FOR IOWA SCHOOL DISTRICTS

ADHERENCE TO THE IOWA BOARD OF EDUCATION'S  2017-2018 STRATEGIC PLAN RAISES IOWA TO #1 NATIONAL STATE RANKING IN NAEP GRADES TESTED IN MATH, READING AND SCIENCE ON OR BEFORE 2027.  Source:  NAEP & Iowalive 1-22-18

SUBJECT & GRADE

NAEP TEST YEAR AND IOWA NATIONAL ACADEMIC RANKING ON PATH TO IOWA BECOMING RANKED  #1 IN THE NATION.  ACTUAL  RANKINGS MUST BE = TO OR BETTER THAN BENCHMARKS FOR SCHOOLS TO RECEIVE INCREASED STATE FUNDING!

2015

2017

2019

2021

2023

2025

2027

MATH

 

4 Benchmark

15

12

10

7

4

1

 

4 Actual

15

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 Benchmark

15

12

10

7

4

1

 

8 Actual

15

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 Benchmark

6

3

1

 

 

 

 

12 Actual

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

READING

 

4 Benchmark

24

20

17

10

5

1

 

4 Actual

24

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 Benchmark

17

15

13

10

5

1

 

8 Actual

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 Benchmark

7

4

2

1

 

 

 

12 Actual

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCIENCE

 

4 Benchmark

12

11

8

5

2

1

 

4 Actual

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 Benchmark

16

13

10

7

4

1

 

8 Actual

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyone Claiming to Have Better Numbers is Asked to Provide Them. 

 

More about NAEP is posted on the following websites:

https://www.nationsreportcard.gov/profiles/stateprofile/overview/IA?cti=PgTab_OT&chort=1&sub=MAT&sj=IA&fs=Grade&st=MN&year=2015R3&sg=Gender%3A+Male+vs.+Female&sgv=Difference&ts=Single+Year&tss=2015R3-2015R3&sfj=NP 

https://www.nationsreportcard.gov/focus_on_naep/default.aspx#/reports/sampling

https://www.nationsreportcard.gov/focus_on_naep/files/sampling_infographic.pdf 

WORDS OF WISDOM FROM SUPERIOR EDUCATOR, DR. SUE ATKINSON

When Iowa changed its education system from one based on concepts to one based on memorization over sixty years ago, it made the false presumption that students who were not succeeding were somehow defective.  WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE ALL ALONG was re-evaluate the teaching methods in use.  Sixteen years after No Child Left Behind required educators to return to a system of concepts (calling it “competency-based”), Iowa continues to see an increase in Special Ed. numbers as well as the achievement gap – DUE TO INEFFECTIVE TEACHING.  Iowa’s Every Student  Succeeds Act proposed plan failed and called for further lowering standards rather than correcting the teaching methods in use.  Similarly, Iowa’s alternative testing plan makes no allowance for an assessment of teaching methods being used.   The above table expects the Board of Education to fix these child abusive discrepancies. 

REFERENCES

IOWA K-12 EDUCATION SYSTEM DEFINED AND SCORED

IOWA'S REPORT CARD, SCHOOL RANKINGS AND CHEATING--333 DISTRICTS

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

UPDATED   WHY SUMMER READING, TEACHER LEADERSHIP & OTHER 'EDUCATION FIXES' FAILED

DISCRIMINATION COST IOWA K-12 STUDENTS 9 GRADE LEVELS

DR. SUE REPORTS HOW IOWA EDUCATION GOT STUCK ON STUPID

DR. SUE ATKINSON'S RESEARCH PROVIDES VITAL NAEP ETC. DATA TO IOWA LEGISLATORS

ESSA THIRD DRAFT PLAN PERFORMANCE SCORES

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

 

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