IOWA'S NEW SCHOOL REPORT CARD CONTINUES TO INFLATE K-12 SCHOOL PERFORMANCE

6-30-17

Greetings, Ryan Wise, Director, Department of Education, State Board of Education and all—

The following table clearly shows how Iowa’s new School Report Card categories are grossly inflated when compared to National Percentile Rank scores.  Iowa students are claimed Exceptional when only scoring as good or better than 60% of the nation’s lowest scoring students. This means 40% of the nation’s students are scoring better than Iowa’s ‘Exceptional’ (unprecedented) students!! 

The Department of Education (DE) has failed to determine and report such NPR comparisons so Iowalive has stepped up to fill the void.   If the DE claims to have better numbers than those in the table, please provide them.  If not, the table contains the best numbers by default.  

To add insult to academic injury, Iowa’s ‘Exceptional’ student category standard is below the 65th NPR national grade level standard.  The DE hides it and the media fails to report it.  Any claims and excuses DE makes to avoid such NPR comparisons add to the deception--and fit Iowa's deceptive track record.

IOWA’S NEW SCHOOL REPORT CARD CONTINUES TO INFLATE K-12 SCHOOL PERFORMANCE

NEW IOWA SCHOOL REPORT CARD  PERFORMANCE CATEGORIES ARE INFLATED TO MAKE IOWA SCHOOLS LOOK BETTER THAN THEY ARE.  THIS IS EQUIVALENT TO IOWA  PREVIOUSLY ADOPTING THE LOWEST STUDENT PROFICIENCY STANDARD (40th National Percentile Rank, NPR) IN THE MIDWEST. http://www.iowalive.net/howandwhyiowagotalowproficiencystandard.htm     Source:   Iowalive 6-30-17

*Iowa School Report Card Performance Category

High Schools

Middle Schools

Elementary Schools

Iowa School Report Card Score

Average Equivalent NPR

% of U. S. Students Scoring Higher Than IA

Iowa School Report Card Score

Average Equivalent NPR

% of U. S. Students Scoring Higher Than IA

Iowa School Report Card Score

Average Equivalent NPR

% of U. S. Students Scoring Higher Than IA

Exceptional

75 and above

60

40

71 and above

58

42

79 and above

63

37

High performing

70-74.9

54

46

68-70.9

53

47

73-78.9

58

42

Commendable

65.4-69.9

49

51

64-67.9

48

52

67-72.9

52

48

Acceptable

60-65.3

41

59

57-63.9

39

61

61-66.9

46

54

Needs improvement

56.0-59.9

35

65

53-56.9

33

67

55-60.9

39

61

Priority

55.9 and below

30

70

52.9 and below

30

70

54.9 and below

35

65

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

Iowa School Report Card  is Posted  on http://reports.educateiowa.gov/schoolreportcard

Des Moines & Cedar Rapids School Report Card Scores Are Posted on    http://www.iowalive.net/schoolreportcard.htm

* http://reports.educateiowa.gov/schoolreportcard/content/Technical%20Guide-Iowa%20Report%20Card%20v2.pdf

The above table presents Iowa’s K-12 school problem.  The following, by superior educator Dr. Sue Atkinson, explains how Iowa ‘educators’ caused it.

Iowa avoided accountability for using misguided education theories for over sixty years, falsely blaming students in lieu of taking responsibility for poor curriculum and poor teaching methods – until the Feds stepped in to begin requiring accountability (with NCLB in 2002). 

By then, Iowa’s standard was so low they had to negotiate with the feds to set a target on their way to reaching the 65th NPR for student grade level proficiencies.  The Iowa standard remains low, and they are unable to achieve national grade level standards even for the best students – as documented by NAEP results as well as the Iowa School Report Card.  NAEP results show a percentage of Iowa students at Basic entry level proficiency that is close to the percentage Iowa educators falsely claim is grade level.  National grade level on NAEP is termed “Proficient”, and Iowa’s percentage of students at this level is a  low 29% (see NAEP table below) – thus showing Iowa continuing to cheat to look good rather than actually being good.

Fifteen years later, Iowa educators have stopped placing blame on students publicly in order to try to build community relations, BUT they continue to falsely blame students privately.  I had a meeting with my local superintendent and elementary principal – and two representatives of the AEA – on June 13, and had the superintendent still insisting, falsely, that some students were not ready to learn when they started school (a favorite avoidance of responsibility for educators) as well as falsely insisting that students the school had failed to effectively remediate were disabled.  They have support for this false position from other educators in the state who are committing the same acts of prejudice in order to continue avoiding responsibility for poor decision-making with regard to teaching methods – thus putting them in violation of the successor to NCLB: ESSA (requiring accountability), as well as Supreme court decisions about the prejudice behind these false rationalizations.

Until Iowa educators begin taking responsibility for poor teaching methods, and stop rationalizing their own failures as “disabled” students, they are not in compliance with ESSA and the Supreme Court, AND they continue to fail Iowa students in preparing them for the global context of competition today.

 Sue Atkinson, PhD

P. O. Box 301

Baxter IA 50028

641-227-3786

NAEP—29% OF IOWA’S  4th GRADERS PROFICIENT IN READING

http://www.iowalive.net/readingallstested15-16.htm   Shows Iowa Claims 74.93% Proficient

 

Sincerely,

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