IOWA K-12 EDUCATION SYSTEM DEFINED AND SCORED

5-1-17

Greetings, Iowa State Board of Education and all—

IASB, Please forward this post to all school boards in the state.  Thank you very much.

INA, Please forward this post to all newspapers in the state.  Thank you very much. 

In the past couple of months, Iowalive provided the following national education system chart as an example and asked the Dept. of Education and officials in a few school districts for a copy of the comparable system education chart for the state and for each school district.   The  Dept. of Education understood the question and had nothing. 

District officials all cooperatively provided websites for their district reports, such as for example  https://www.linnmar.k12.ia.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/2016-2017-Condition-of-the-District.pdf  and http://www.cr.k12.ia.us/assets/1/6/Strategic_Goals_2015-16.pdf  as if they didn’t understand the “system chart ” request.   This is understandable and Iowalive doesn’t blame them as they have never been taught systems, just as teachers are not blamed for not being taught the five essential scientific components for teaching reading. 

But it is a bit strange that none of the school officials commented when provided an EXAMPLE Education System Chart, similar to the Education System Chart for the state, posted farther below.  They don’t want to recognize it. 

Does the  State Board of Education have an Education System Chart for the Iowa K-12 education system?  If yes, please provide it.   If not, please read on and learn of its importance.  You can effectively manage a  system once you know and understand what it is.  

U. S. NATIONAL EDUCATION SYSTEM CHART—WHICH IS ACTUALLY A STUDENT FLOW CHART

But it Does Identify the Majory System Components 

 

 

STATE EDUCATION SYSTEM CHART

The following State Education System Chart was prepared by Iowalive net workers to show what the state education system looks like.  It has 14 components, so it is a bit of a complex system.    It shows each component is evaluated and scored, and summed and averaged as the overall system score and mediocre grade of C.  If you, or anyone, claims to have a better system chart, score or grade, please provide it. 

Once school officials take educating Iowa kids seriously, they will have Education System Charts scored and graded for each district and for each school building in the district.   This is not precedent setting as the new Iowa State Report Card, gallantly initiated by the state legislature, now scores performance of most school buildings in the state.  http://reports.educateiowa.gov/schoolreportcard

IOWA’S K-12 EDUCATION SYSTEM HAS 14 COMPONENTS,  NOW DEFINED AND SCORED

EXTRA CURRICULAR AND SCHOOL MEALS GOT THE ONLY As—THEY KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING, AND DO IT WELL!!

Extracurricular Scores Do Not Include Needless, Duplicate Boys And Girls High School Athletic Association or Union!!

Reporters Can Now Discuss The Need For K-12 Education System Performance Charts With School Officials

The Long Term Benefits of Kindergarten are Unproven

INCLUSION OF NON-ACADEMIC SCORES RAISES THE SYSTEM GRADE FROM D TO C.

The scores for each system component should help school boards show administrators where improvement is needed, once System Charts are available for each district and each school building in a district.  And coupled with the new Iowa State Report Card scores, and Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements, educators should certainly be asked why there is so much variation in district and school building scores.   School officials can no longer blame it on poor and minority etc. students.   

Iowa Educator’s chickens have come home to roost.  Educators can no longer exclude low test scores and they can’t blame poor academic scores on discriminated students.  Contrary to the identified poor training of teachers in Iowa (according to the National Council on Teacher Quality assessments), teachers must learn how to effectively teach concepts to students using the major learning styles.  If a teaching method is not getting results, then the method is ineffective with certain learning styles.  The use of flash cards for memorization must be completely eliminated to achieve proficiency results up to grade level.   And they are screaming for more money, which hasn’t helped at all in the past because money is not the issue: the ability to effectively teach to learning styles is the real issue.  The Iowa K-12 education mess is now well defined and scored, by Iowalive and to a growing extent by the Department of Education, except its officials will not adopt a national grade level student proficiency standard, that would really expose the problem!!  http://www.iowalive.net/howandwhyiowagotalowproficiencystandard.htm  and http://www.iowalive.net/readingallstested15-16.htm

The hidden, sorry state of Iowa’s 2 largest school districts is clearly shown on this website:  http://www.iowalive.net/schoolreportcard.htm

Sincerely,

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