STATE MATH & INTEGRITY RANKINGS OF 333 IOWA SCHOOL DISTRICTS--2016-2017

3-21-18

 

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INTRODUCTION 

Iowalive highly commends and appreciates the skilled analysis consultant at the Department of Education who expertly formatted and provided the 40th, 65th and 95th National Percentile Rank (NPR) math data herein and in the referenced websites.

Please visit the following reading website as it contains contents applicable to math rankings that are not repeated herein.

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

Math rankings for 20015-2016 are posted on the following website and can be used in making comparisons with data posted herein.

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

 The table farther below is in school district alphabetical order for reader convenience.  It gives State rankings for Iowa, National and International grade levels as well as integrity rankings in the identified columns.  Future charts might top down rank districts by Iowa, National and International student proficiency National Percentile rank (NPR) grade levels as well as integrity. 

To Iowalive’s knowledge, the table is one of a kind.  Iowa’s 8 largest school districts in red in the table are a disgrace to the state.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Superior Educator Dr. Sue Atkinson greatly contributed to this post.  Thank you Dr. Sue!  When those receiving it take it seriously, Iowa K-12 student achievement in math will be raised at least 8% within 5 years, at no extra cost. Anyone claiming to have better numbers than those herein is asked to provide them. 

Integrity rankings in the table farther below are more rigorous, and generally lower than those posted on website  http://www.iowalive.net/ranking8.htm  in 2006.  The more emphasis recently placed on improving student achievement, the greater the extent of teaching to the test has lowered the integrity scores.  Educators want and get advanced copies of the tests which further increases cheating. Give us names of superintendents who claim there is no cheating going on in their district and Iowalive will ask them how they know—and when was the last time an educator was identified and punished for cheating?

Numbers in the table clearly show how Iowa’s lowest in the Midwest Student Proficiency Standard (40th NPR) grossly inflates school and student achievements.  The Governor and Department of Ed. director Ryan Wise should suddenly opt for honesty and raise this to the 65th NPR, which is national grade level adopted by most states.  If not, honest school boards should adopt it, with their local control authority!!!!  Districts having Integrity Index Scores of 300 or above in the table would be most apt to do so!!  Such leadership is desperately needed!!

DATA AND ANALYSIS

The following discussion builds an understanding of what is presented in the comprehensive rankings in the table farther below.  How do you define an intellectual disability?  Iowa educators falsely believe that anyone not learning in the education system they provide has a disability – not backed by any medical diagnosis (because the state has failed to require a medical diagnosis for disabilities).  The absence of a medical diagnosis has allowed Iowa’s educators to fail at keeping up standards, to fail at providing teacher training commensurate with high standards that effectively teach to all learning styles, and to fail at stopping the embedded discrimination in the system.

1.   For decades, Iowa educators routinely lowered standards when 50% of students were unable to pass assessments – INSTEAD OF DETERMINING WHERE THE TEACHING HAD BEEN INEFFECTIVE.

2.   For decades, Iowa educators routinely moved students the system had failed to educate into Special Ed – INSTEAD OF DETERMINING WHERE THE TEACHING HAD BEEN INEFFECTIVE, CREATING THE SITUATION.

3.   For decades, Iowa educators routinely cheated and excluded student’s from taking assessment tests and they also excluded low scores – INSTEAD OF DETERMINING WHERE THE TEACHING HAD BEEN INEFFECTIVE, CREATING THE SITUATION.

Both NCLB and ESSA required educators to stop the exclusions and to begin using a curriculum based on concepts rather than memorization – EFFECTIVELY TAUGHT.  But the laws said nothing about rampant teaching to the test.

1.   NCLB became law in 2002, and immediately required states to stop lowering standards by selecting a level at which to begin raising them back up to national grade level 65th NPR.  IOWA, UNDER GOVERNOR VILSACK,  FOUGHT THE FEDS FOR A YEAR AND THEN COMPROMISED FOR A BEGINNING LEVEL OF 40th National Percentile Rank (NPR), WHERE IT REMAINS TO THIS DAY, AND STRUGGLES TO ACHIEVE IT (termed “basic” entry level in National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assessments).  Iowa claims students are ‘proficient/expert’ when scoring at or better than the bottom 40% of U S. students! 

2.   As other states reduce the number of students in Special Ed, and close the achievement gap, IOWA INCREASES THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS IN SPECIAL ED, AND FAILS TO CLOSE THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP—AND SPENDS $7.7 BILLION ANNUALLY ON K-12 ‘EDUCATION’!. 

3.   As other states learn how to effectively teach concepts (understanding rather than memorization0 to the various student learning styles (thus improving their teacher training programs significantly), Iowa’s teacher training programs fail to even change their materials, preferring to create alternative, dumbed  assessments for students they had a history of discriminating against, as in the Jim Crow South.

4.  To someone who only knows memorization in education and training, their focus would be on memorizing the correct word rather than understanding what it means.

 

Iowa’s ESSA plan received a 3.1 out of5 – a D – because it relies on using the same approach to education Iowa educators have used for decades to avoid accountability:

1.   Iowa proposes using even lower standards for these ‘disabled’ classified students so they artificially appear to be succeeding – FAILING TO STOP THE EMBEDDED DISCRIMINATION.

2.   Iowa educators propose using alternative testing – FAILING TO CHANGE TEACHING METHODS, OR EVEN PROPERLY REASSESS THEM.

3.   Iowa ignores Supreme court ruling, including the 2017 The decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, which prevents Iowa educators from legally “dumping” students into Special Ed rather than learning how to effectively teach and remediate them for the damage from ineffective teaching.

 ·      Iowa has failed to learn how to write effective assessments for concept-based education, an indication of their lack of understanding.

·      Iowa has also proven it lacks the ability to write concept-based curriculum, an indication of their lack of understanding.

·      Iowa has also failed to upgrade their teacher training programs to train teachers to effectively teach concepts to the various learning styles.

·      Iowa has also failed to move its minimum standards up from the pathetic 40th NPR to national grade level 65th NPR.

·      IOWA STILL PRACTICES DISCRIMINATION TO AVOID ACCOUNTABILITY FOR ITS POOR QUALITY EDUCATION SYSTEM.

IOWA  SCHOOL RANKINGS AND CHEATING--2016-2017  

The following table rank all 333 districts in math for all grades tested.  Scatter charts farther below also show how the rankings are mysteriously skewed for the 95th NPR scores, compared to the 65th NPR rankings, for the same students.  This is a statistical red light!!  Something is wrong that is skewing the 40th NPR to 95th NPR scatter chart .  Why are so many districts improving in 95th NPR rankings?  They force the others to show minus values

SCHOOL DISTRICTS TEACHING TO THE TEST

The 211 school districts apt to be most flagrantly teaching to the test have Integrity Index Scores of 250 or below and are shown in brown in the table.  Fifty four districts having scores of 300 or above are least apt to be teaching to the test, or claiming students are defective. 

PATHETIC % PROFICIENT  SCORES  SHOW WHY SPENDING AT LEAST $18 MILLION ON THE “Future Ready Iowa” workforce development legislation IS A WASTE OF MONEY!  Fix the schools first so graduates at least have some thinking and problem solving skills upon which to improve!!

SCHOOL DISTRICTS SHOWN IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

Columns High-lighted in Yellow Show NPR Grade Level Rankings & Integrity Rankings

IOWA’S 40th NPR IOWA GRADE LEVEL CLAIMS STUDENTS ARE PROFICIENT (EXPERT) WHEN ONLY SCORING AT OR BETTER THAN THE BOTTOM 40% OF ALL U. S. STUDENTS!

Iowa Math Test Scores For All Grades Tested  3,4,5,6,7,8,10 & 11  In 2016-2017 School Year Show How Iowa's Low, 40th National Percentile Rank (NPR) Student  Proficiency Standard Inflates % Of Students At Iowa Grade Level  Compared to National Grade Level.  The Best Iowa Schools Aren't Very Good!  Source:  Dept. Of Education & Iowalive  3-20-18
  State % Student Proficient Rankings For Iowa, (74.1% Total), National (49.81% Total ) & International (10% Total) Grade Levels & Integrity Are Shown.  This Shows only 49.81% of Iowa Students Can Compete at the National Level--and Only 10% Can Compete at the International Level.   This Includes Jobs!   Iowa K-12 Schools Are Spending $7.7 Billion Per Year And They Aren't  Improving!!  
School Districts of 333 Total School Districts  In Alphabetical Order   Largest 8 School Districts Are in Red.  Number Of Full Academic Year Students Tested 40TH NPR IOWA GRADE LEVEL    65TH NPR NATIONAL GRADE LEVEL   95TH NPR INTERNATIONAL GRADE LEVEL    40TH Minus 95th Rank AVERAGE SCHOOL YEAR 2016-2017 INTEGRITY INDEX SCORE * Integrity Index Score Rank 
Number  Proficient at Low Iowa 40th NPR Grade Level Standard Percent Proficient at Low Iowa 40th NPR Grade Level Standard  40th NPR Iowa Grade  Level State Math  Rank   Number  Proficient at 65th NPR National Grade Level Standard Percent Proficient at 65th NPR National Grade Level Standard  65th NPR National Grade Level State Math Rank   Number  Proficient at 95th NPR International Grade Level Standard Percent Proficient at 95th NPR International Grade Level Standard 95th NPR International Grade Level State Math Rank  
Sibley-Ocheyedan 462 375 81.17 99   261 56.49 95   37 8 156   -57 337 1
North Winneshiek 73 64 87.67 16   43 58.90 73   6 8 150   -134 332 2
North Kossuth 186 138 74.19 218   75 40.32 268   8 4 266   -48 330 3
Riceville 186 149 80.11 117   78 41.94 259   6 3 295   -178 324 4
Harris-Lake Park 198 164 82.83 74   117 59.09 72   14 7 189   -115 323 6
Andrew 79 53 67.09 283   32 40.51 267   0 0 332   -49 323 5
West Bend-Mallard 194 152 78.35 144   99 51.03 164   11 6 240   -96 322 8
Corning 179 145 81.01 104   96 53.63 125   11 6 224   -120 322 7
West Central Valley 431 367 85.15 39   245 56.84 91   32 7 176   -137 321 10
Hinton 430 339 78.84 139   200 46.51 213   16 4 285   -146 321 9
West Harrison 173 117 67.63 276   59 34.10 310   3 2 323   -47 320 13
Treynor 462 398 86.15 26   286 61.90 42   58 13 59   -33 320 12
Moulton-Udell 101 67 66.34 289   35 34.65 306   1 1 328   -39 320 11
Moravia 203 157 77.34 160   103 50.74 169   13 6 215   -55 318 14
Clay Central-Everly 154 122 79.22 133   79 51.30 160   11 7 185   -52 316 16
Aplington-Parkersburg 468 386 82.48 78   244 52.14 146   38 8 154   -76 316 15
Williamsburg 641 531 82.84 73   391 61.00 51   59 9 126   -53 315 23
Underwood 441 367 83.22 64   243 55.10 104   46 10 97   -33 315 22
Lisbon 378 295 78.04 149   215 56.88 88   29 8 171   -22 315 21
Lawton-Bronson 333 286 85.89 27   206 61.86 43   43 13 51   -24 315 20
IKM-Manning 357 277 77.59 158   163 45.66 223   25 7 193   -35 315 19
Graettinger-Terril 185 138 74.59 207   75 40.54 266   7 4 283   -76 315 18
Algona 765 576 75.29 192   379 49.54 174   47 6 225   -33 315 17
Whiting 108 76 70.37 259   46 42.59 251   3 3 309   -50 314 24
Van Buren 318 217 68.24 271   137 43.08 247   7 2 322   -51 312 28
Essex 112 87 77.68 157   48 42.86 248   1 1 329   -172 312 27
Diagonal 55 41 74.55 211   26 47.27 201   2 4 286   -75 312 26
Belle Plaine 275 212 77.09 167   132 48.00 193   15 5 248   -81 312 25
West Burlington Ind 530 415 78.30 146   269 50.75 168   35 7 205   -59 311 30
Mormon Trail 118 84 71.19 250   51 43.22 243   3 3 314   -64 311 29
West Delaware County 816 688 84.31 48   502 61.52 48   97 12 72   -24 310 35
Twin Rivers 22 19 86.36 22   14 63.64 31   3 14 43   -21 310 34
Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 586 452 77.13 166   281 47.95 195   33 6 243   -77 310 33
Easton Valley 276 221 80.07 120   165 59.78 63   23 8 146   -26 310 32
CAM 411 280 68.13 272   168 40.88 264   11 3 312   -40 310 31
Lenox 265 224 84.53 46   155 58.49 76   21 8 158   -112 309 36
English Valleys 240 179 74.58 209   101 42.08 257   9 4 284   -75 308 39
Dunkerton 264 186 70.45 256   88 33.33 314   3 1 327   -71 308 38
Akron Westfield 306 250 81.70 93   165 53.92 121   20 7 209   -116 308 37
Tripoli 236 177 75.00 199   106 44.92 233   10 4 270   -71 307 46
Osage 527 415 78.75 141   280 53.13 132   26 5 257   -116 307 45
Mount Ayr 363 316 87.05 19   227 62.53 37   34 9 121   -102 307 44
H-L-V 176 134 76.14 180   78 44.32 238   10 6 239   -59 307 43
Central 261 184 70.50 255   100 38.31 284   7 3 311   -56 307 42
Calamus-Wheatland 279 223 79.93 125   145 51.97 148   20 7 184   -59 307 41
Alburnett 357 290 81.23 97   190 53.22 129   23 6 212   -115 307 40
Glidden-Ralston 162 125 77.16 165   75 46.30 216   4 2 317   -152 306 48
Albert City-Truesdale 45 37 82.22 83   21 46.67 210   3 7 203   -120 306 47
Shenandoah 528 403 76.33 179   254 48.11 192   32 6 229   -50 305 52
Roland-Story 619 507 81.91 89   331 53.47 126   60 10 109   -20 305 51
New London 282 210 74.47 212   137 48.58 188   17 6 232   -20 305 50
Keota 171 136 79.53 129   80 46.78 207   14 8 151   -22 305 49
St Ansgar 358 315 87.99 12   237 66.20 17   41 11 77   -65 301 53
South Winneshiek 277 243 87.73 15   179 64.62 25   29 10 96   -81 300 54
Woodward-Granger 454 385 84.80 42   272 59.91 62   41 9 130   -88 299 55
North Butler 368 305 82.88 72   193 52.45 141   27 7 178   -106 292 56
Montezuma 276 231 83.70 54   169 61.23 49   27 10 107   -53 290 59
Le Mars 1,180 992 84.07 50   712 60.34 60   143 12 67   -17 290 58
Adair-Casey 123 94 76.42 176   68 55.28 103   8 7 210   -34 290 57
Pleasantville 405 347 85.68 33   241 59.51 66   45 11 83   -50 286 61
Glenwood 1,114 918 82.41 79   600 53.86 122   92 8 149   -70 286 60
West Lyon 491 405 82.48 76   297 60.49 58   52 11 92   -16 280 65
Madrid 390 298 76.41 177   192 49.23 178   27 7 195   -18 280 64
Lone Tree 280 183 65.36 293   93 33.21 315   7 3 316   -23 280 63
Benton 836 683 81.70 94   440 52.63 138   80 10 114   -20 280 62
Galva-Holstein 198 165 83.33 61   120 60.61 55   18 9 129   -68 277 66
Creston 1,003 750 74.78 204   453 45.16 230   50 5 255   -51 275 68
Albia 675 545 80.74 109   366 54.22 114   59 9 137   -28 275 67
Cherokee 573 441 76.96 168   259 45.20 229   26 5 261   -93 274 69
Wayne 305 247 80.98 105   160 52.46 139   29 10 118   -13 270 80
Waverly-Shell Rock 1,242 1,071 86.23 24   814 65.54 21   192 15 32   -8 270 79
River Valley 247 177 71.66 244   109 44.13 240   12 5 259   -15 270 78
Panorama 407 299 73.46 228   178 43.73 241   23 6 242   -14 270 77
Ogden 393 331 84.22 49   245 62.34 38   49 12 60   -11 270 76
Nashua-Plainfield 363 287 79.06 137   200 55.10 105   29 8 157   -20 270 75
Martensdale-St Marys 302 232 76.82 170   147 48.68 185   20 7 204   -34 270 74
Edgewood-Colesburg 288 214 74.31 216   137 47.57 198   17 6 233   -17 270 73
Center Point-Urbana 863 740 85.75 28   544 63.04 35   130 15 35   -7 270 72
Brooklyn-Guernsey-Malcom 299 263 87.96 14   204 68.23 10   39 13 50   -36 270 71
AGWSR 310 248 80.00 122   159 51.29 161   26 8 143   -21 270 70
PCM 595 482 81.01 103   327 54.96 109   36 6 231   -128 267 81
Wapsie Valley 421 322 76.48 175   199 47.27 202   30 7 187   -12 265 92
Seymour 140 100 71.43 245   59 42.14 256   6 4 268   -23 265 91
Schleswig 104 90 86.54 20   55 52.88 134   15 14 40   -20 265 90
Schaller-Crestland 232 188 81.03 102   115 49.57 173   18 8 166   -64 265 89
North Cedar 396 280 70.71 254   165 41.67 261   13 3 291   -37 265 88
Interstate 35 498 385 77.31 161   243 48.80 180   36 7 182   -21 265 87
Danville 369 308 83.47 58   214 57.99 78   44 12 71   -13 265 86
Coon Rapids-Bayard 209 165 78.95 138   113 54.07 118   17 8 153   -15 265 85
Colo-NESCO 240 190 79.17 134   130 54.17 116   19 8 159   -25 265 84
Central Lyon 407 326 80.10 118   213 52.33 144   36 9 133   -15 265 83
Battle Creek-Ida Grove 282 232 82.27 82   169 59.93 61   27 10 113   -31 265 82
Sidney 200 171 85.50 35   117 58.50 75   14 7 194   -159 262 93
Logan-Magnolia 376 314 83.51 57   213 56.65 93   29 8 167   -110 261 94
West Sioux 438 306 69.86 263   196 44.75 235   18 4 273   -10 260 105
Gilbert 758 724 95.51 1   630 83.11 2   257 34 1   0 260 104
Estherville Lincoln 728 484 66.48 288   249 34.20 309   25 3 289   -1 260 103
Eldora-New Providence 230 183 79.57 128   126 54.78 111   21 9 128   0 260 102
Eastern Allamakee 189 160 84.66 44   120 63.49 32   24 13 55   -11 260 101
Denver 443 422 95.26 2   353 79.68 3   106 24 6   -4 260 100
Clarksville 170 129 75.88 183   77 45.29 225   12 7 190   -7 260 99
Central Springs 411 337 82.00 87   249 60.58 57   53 13 52   35 260 98
Central DeWitt 790 634 80.25 115   427 54.05 119   73 9 125   -10 260 97
CAL 125 74 59.20 324   31 24.80 331   2 2 325   -1 260 96
Ankeny 6,225 5,584 89.70 7   4,562 73.29 6   1,338 21 8   -1 260 95
Waco 244 176 72.13 241   122 50.00 172   16 7 207   34 258 106
Woodbury Central 348 286 82.18 84   184 52.87 135   18 5 253   -169 257 108
Howard-Winneshiek 615 475 77.24 163   284 46.18 217   26 4 271   -108 257 107
Solon 863 735 85.17 38   545 63.15 34   104 12 70   -32 255 114
Ruthven-Ayrshire 102 66 64.71 301   41 40.20 270   3 3 303   -2 255 113
MOC-Floyd Valley 754 658 87.27 17   498 66.05 19   130 17 19   -2 255 112
Lewis Central 1,619 1,148 70.91 253   755 46.63 212   103 6 218   35 255 111
Harmony 70 45 64.29 305   28 40.00 272   2 3 307   -2 255 110
Dallas Center-Grimes 1,556 1,373 88.24 11   1,046 67.22 14   296 19 13   -2 255 109
GMG 298 244 81.88 90   157 52.68 137   20 7 200   -110 254 115
North Linn 371 297 80.05 121   211 56.87 89   41 11 85   36 252 117
Aurelia 174 124 71.26 247   66 37.93 288   5 3 306   -59 252 116
Western Dubuque 1,858 1,571 84.55 45   1,186 63.83 29   246 13 48   -3 251 122
North Polk 948 856 90.30 6   669 70.57 7   197 21 9   -3 251 121
MFL MarMac 436 294 67.43 277   171 39.22 280   17 4 280   -3 251 120
Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 526 396 75.29 193   256 48.67 186   36 7 196   -3 251 119
Centerville 715 509 71.19 249   320 44.76 234   37 5 252   -3 251 118
Pleasant Valley 2,607 2,398 91.98 4   2,035 78.06 4   821 31 3   1 250 131
Pella 1,260 1,080 85.71 31   813 64.52 26   196 16 30   1 250 130
North Fayette 364 293 80.49 112   206 56.59 94   35 10 111   1 250 129
Mount Vernon 764 645 84.42 47   504 65.97 20   149 20 12   35 250 128
Johnston 3,807 3,439 90.33 5   2,864 75.23 5   1,080 28 4   1 250 127
Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 333 242 72.67 238   150 45.05 231   19 6 237   1 250 126
Hamburg 76 44 57.89 327   24 31.58 322   1 1 326   1 250 125
Gladbrook-Reinbeck 256 214 83.59 56   152 59.38 68   27 11 94   -38 250 124
Delwood 77 72 93.51 3   65 84.42 1   26 34 2   1 250 123
Newton 1,575 1,180 74.92 201   767 48.70 183   123 8 164   37 249 133
Ballard 920 707 76.85 169   489 53.15 131   82 9 132   37 249 132
Iowa Falls 589 460 78.10 148   303 51.44 159   57 10 110   38 247 134
West Hancock 309 257 83.17 66   196 63.43 33   49 16 27   39 246 137
Orient-Macksburg 77 51 66.23 290   29 37.66 289   4 5 251   39 246 136
Odebolt-Arthur 264 211 79.92 126   130 49.24 177   29 11 86   40 246 135
Spirit Lake 662 544 82.18 85   367 55.44 100   74 11 82