IRREGULAR TEST SCORES AT LYNNVILLE-SULLY & MORE

1-25-17

Greetings, Newton Daily News, Lynnville-Sully School Officials and others—

The following headline is pasted from the 1-20-17 Newton Daily News and promoted Iowalive’s following response to it. 

Lynnville-Sully High School, Middle School rank No. 1 in Iowa

No supporting detailed test scores for it were likely provided by the Department of Education nor were they included in the article.  Iowalive herein fills the void with test scores obtained from the Department of Education, for the single year 2015-2016, in much more detail than those presented in last week’s School Report Card, cited in the article, for biennium years 2014-2015, 2015-2016.  Those scores are slightly higher and make schools look better.   But that inconsistency is not the issue in this Iowalive release.  

The issue herein is the sudden, irregular, 69.23% to 92.31% (33%) increase in reading test scores in 8th grade and 100% Proficient in 11th grade.  For comparison, there were much lower (18%) and (14%) increases in math and science respectively, for the same peer group of students.  How come? 

2015-2016 HIGHLY IRREGULAR LINN-SULLY READING TEST SCORE INCREASE FORM 7TH TO 8TH GRADE

Score Increased From 69.23 to 92.31

 

2014-2015 READING TEST SCORES FOR COMPARISON WITH TABLE ABOVE

A TABLE FURTHER SHOWING THE COMPARISONS IS FARTHER BELOW

 

The increase is irregular because if you analyze the comparable test scores on the below websites you will rarely find such an increase.  And when you do, you should ask, how come?   In addition, Iowa NAEP reading scores have not increased since 1992, and in fact decreased by 1%. https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/states/    The percentage proficient number determined by Iowa Assessments,  and bogusly claimed Proficient by Iowa educators, is similar to the BASIC entry level proficiency on NAEP.  Actual Proficient scores on NAEP for Iowa 4th-graders are about half that.

Iowa’s NAEP scores rank 24th in the nation,  https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/states/statecomparisontable.aspx?sbj=RED&gr=4&yr=2015&sample=R3&jur=IA&st=MN  

And the Des Moines Register just bogusly reported, ‘76 percent of fourth-graders are reading at grade level, which held steady from 2013.  In math, 79.2 percent are on grade level, down slightly from 79.5 percent in 2013, according to Iowa Testing Programs.  The average total salary that teachers earned in the 2014-15 school year was $56,449, up 2 percent over the year before.’   $56,449 for about 180 contract days worked is $314 per day which when adjusted to 262 work days average Americans work = $82,165  per year.  This compares very favorably with other union workers in the state.

Iowa teachers continue to get pay raises for no improvement in performance or student achievement, in 23 years. 

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

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

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

Here are additional websites to support more ‘irregularity’ analysis. 

SCORES--READING GRADES TESTED IN 338 IA SCHOOL DISTRICTS, 2014-2015

SCORES--MATH GRADES TESTED IN 338 IA SCHOOL DISTRICTS, 2014-2015

SCORES--SCIENCE GRADES TESTED IN 338 IA SCHOOL DISTRICTS, 2014-2015

TABLE SHOWS COMPARISONS AND HOW ALL LYNNVILLE-SULLY PEER GROUP READING SCORES FELL IN 2015-2016

3rd Graders in 2014-2015 Are 4th Graders in 2015-2016

ALL READING SCORES ARE BASED ON IOWA'S PATHETIC 41st NATIONAL PERCENTILE RANK PROFICIENCY STANDARD.  MATCHED  COLORS SHOW HOW  ALL SCORES FELL FROM 2014-2015 TO 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEARS.  Source:  Dept. of Education and Iowalive  1-24-16

 
 

Lynnville-Sully CSD

2014-2015

2015-2016

(2015-2016) MINUS (2014-2015)

% DECLINE

 

81.62

76.38

ALL PEER GROUP SCORES FELL IN 2015-2016

 

3

62.07

NA

 

4

71.43

61.29

-0.78

-1%

 

5

81.82

61.36

-10.07

-14%

 

6

77.14

77.14

-4.68

-6%

 

7

95.65

69.23

-7.91

-10%

 

8

NA

92.31

-3.34

-3%

 

10

100

NA

NA

NA

 

11

NA

96.88

-3.13

-3%

 

SCHOOL OFFICIALS CAN EXPLAIN WHY ALL PEER GROUP SCORES FELL SO IOWALIVE SHOULDN'T NEED TO.   AND YOU KNOW ALL INVOLVED WERE GIVEN PAY INCREASES BY BRANSTAD & LEGISLATORS, WITH TAXPAYER'S MONEY. 

 

ANYONE CLAIMING TO HAVE BETTER NUMBERS IS ASKED TO PROVIDE THEM.

 

 

PERTINENT QUESTIONS THE IRREGULARITIES ETC. IN THIS POST RAISE

1.    Who is responsible for quality control and checking schools for such irregularities?

a.    Who should be?

b.    How many school districts would have such irregularities? 

                                               i.     Iowalive estimates at least 35, of which about 5 would be members of the Iowa Urban Education Network (IUEN)

2.    If indeed there is exceptional teaching expertise involved, why isn’t it migrated to the lower grades and to other subjects?

3.    How would teachers in the district explain the irregularities?

4.    How do administrators in the district explain the irregularities?

5.    How do Iowa Assessments representatives explain the huge increase? 

6.    Is Iowa’s lowest in the Midwest, 40th National Percentile Rank student Proficiency Standard, that schools can’t meet, part of the problem?

7.    In all grades tested, Lynnville-Sully is ranked 170th in the state in reading while it was also cited as best in the state in a few grades.   How come?

8.    Why did all peer group reading test scores fall in 2015-2016?

9.    Are teachers really underpaid when compared to other American union workers?

10. Do students have more impact on a school district’s performance than all others in the school?  They certainly are blamed.

11. Does Lynnville-Sully test and teach to student learning styles?

12.   Were school officials aware of the data presented herein?

13. Are reading teachers trained and can effectively teach all five of the concepts known as the science for teaching reading?

14. Was the fall in all test scores planned or expected?

One wonders if Iowalive should link school district irregularities, state rankings etc. to House and Senate districts and legislators—or AEAs! 

CLOSURE

Iowalive has learned to verify school claims.  It would have been great for Iowalive to take the Newton Daily News headline at face value and issue a commendation similar to that verified and issued to Polk Elementary in Cedar Rapids.  $1,000 BONUS AWARD TO C. R. POLK ELEMENTARY STAFF MEMBERS  Iowalive continues its search for a school district showing folks what a good one looks like—such as Gilbert with 75% of its students proficient at the 65th NPR national grade level in reading!  Lynnville-Sully is at 58.3%.  

Legislator Mark Smith should be embarrassed to learn Marshalltown’s score is 34.6%--on his watch and is ranked 333rd in the state!!  Send ‘em more money, Mark!  

Iowa  should have adopted the 65th NPR as the State’s Proficiency Standard, and still can, if the  governor really cares about the kids—as much as he cares about giving teachers’ et. al. automatic pay raises for poor performance! 

Sincerely,

Iowalive   A g rowing network of volunteer citizens and professionals for improving Iowa