DIRECTOR JASON GLASS LEFT IOWA K-12 SCHOOLS STUCK ON STUPID

6-5-17

Greetings, Iowa Legislature Education Committees, Iowa Association of School Boards, CO State Board of Education, Jeffco Colorado District School Board, and all--

Iowa Association of School Boards and Iowa Newspaper Association, please forward this post to all  Iowa school boards and newspapers.  Thank you very much.

Dr. Sue Atkinson, Iowa’s superior educator, succinctly describes Iowa’s educators as “trying to figure out how to adapt the system of memorization, they have known for sixty years – falsely blaming students who could not succeed in it – to a system of concepts (understanding).  Once educators set measurable, improved student achievement objectives, they will analyze past failures and figure out the need to completely abandon the failed system of memorization, and start from the beginning to understand the system of concepts, and how to effectively teach them to all learning styles.  These styles include Visual, Auditory, Reading/Writing Preference, and Kinesthetic. https://teach.com/what/teachers-teach/learning-styles/ .  Iowa’s education system is dropping in National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) rankings as other states figured this out and improved--as Iowa stays stuck on stupid.”

That is right where results-avoiding, fast talking, Jason Glass,  ex IA Department of Education Director, left IA floundering in June 2013.  He will  become superintendent of the Jeffco Colorado school district on July 1, 2017.    His IA Teacher Leadership program, since abandoned by the IA legislature, and his flunking illiterate 3rd graders program is floundering as well.  In his typical activities fashion, he is asking Jeffco residents what the district should be doing rather than what measurable student achievement results the district should achieve.  He knows activities (verbs—teaching, doing, talking etc.), can’t be measured and nouns (test scores, costs and schedule results) can be measured—so he deviously avoids mentioning them in district goals/objectives.   Beware, Jeffco school board, parents and taxpayers!! 

Here is Jason’s blog  https://advancejeffco.blog/2017/05/24/3-questions-jeffco/  and his emphasis on activities—doing.   He wants to talk—a non measureable verb.  Which reminds Iowalive net workers,  the dismal journey to educator failure (stuck on stupid) begins with a single step in the wrong (memorization) direction!   The following Glass questions are moot until measurable student achievement results objectives are set—and he will have to be prodded to set them—as will Iowa educators who follow in his footsteps to failure!! 

1.   What should we keep doing?

2.   What should we stop doing?

3.   What should we start doing?

Charts on website http://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2016/09/01/denver-and-aurora-schools-showed-modest-gains-on-state-tests-but-gaps-still-remain/ show measureable Jeffco student achievement results.  How much does Glass expect to improve them, how, when and at what cost or savings??  The  same questions apply to Iowa superintendents with respect to results posted on website http://reports.educateiowa.gov/schoolreportcard 

Once improved student achievement results to be achieved are defined, then what to do to achieve them can be determined.  Educators, school boards and the media must understand this—or kids are doomed!!

UNDERSTANDING EDUCATION SYSTEM CHART IS ESSENTIAL

Glass and his educator ilk would be well served to construct Education System Charts for districts and school buildings.  Once they construct such charts, they will gain an understanding of the ‘education’ system.  Such an understanding is a step in the right direction!! 

Website http://www.iowalive.net/iowak-12educationsystem.htm  shows the  IOWA K-12 EDUCATION SYSTEM DEFINED AND SCORED.

The following website shows how at least $213 billion was wasted on 11 failed education fixes,  such as special education, http://www.iowalive.net/specialedcost.htm , that were implemented without any measurable, improved, student achievement objectives established prior to, or after implementation!!   Colorado is likely no better as it is ranked 21st in 4th NAEP reading compared to Iowa ranked 24th—down from 4th

The following website shows why IA education fixes failed.  

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

Iowa adopted the lowest student proficiency standard in the Midwest and Jason Glass did not raise it.  In fact he didn’t even mention it! He ran from it—as does current IA DE  Director Ryan Wise.   Ask Glass  what National Percentile Rank (NPR) proficiency standard CO adopted.  

Don’t be surprised if it is at or near the 40th NPR adopted by Iowa, which means students are considered EXPERT when performing better than the bottom 40% of the nation’s  students.  The 65th NPR is the national proficiency standard, used by many states and school districts.  Glass and Wise won’t talk about it—much less adopt and meet it!!  The  65th NPR considers students EXPERT for scoring better than 65% of the nation’s students.

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

Go to NAEP website  https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/states/statecomparisontable.aspx?sbj=RED&gr=4&yr=2015&sample=R3&jur=IA&st=MN   and you will find CO is ranked 21st and Iowa is ranked 24th in reading.

Go to NAEP website  https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/states/  and you will find that CO is going downhill in reading and math.  The same applies to Iowa.  The two states are in the same sinking boat. 

CLOSURE

Will the Jeffco school board ask superintendent Glass to prepare CO school district rankings to show where Jeffco ranked when he took the job to where it is ranked when he leaves in a very few years, when he suddenly hops to another job?

THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PROVIDED SPREADSHEET DATA FOR THESE STATE RANKINGS

COMPARE IOWA READING TEST SCORES FOR ALL GRADES TESTED 2015-2016

COMPARE IA SCIENCE TEST SCORES FOR ALL GRADES TESTED 2015-2016

COMPARE IOWA MATH TEST SCORES FOR ALL GRADES TESTED 2015-2016

 

http://www.iowalive.net/50yearsofschoolfailures.htm

http://iowalive.ipower.com/ranking8.htm

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Sincerely,

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