MORE MONEY DOES NOT HELP IOWA K-12 STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

1-13-16

Greetings, Governor Branstad, Dept. of Education Director Ryan Wise and all—

Iowa school officials and the evil ISEA teacher’s union are whining to state legislators and demanding MORE MONEY for schools to waste!! 

Iowa spending on K-12 schools has increased steadily—while Iowa revenues have not.  In 2013, 85.4% of  Iowa Revenues Per Pupil were spent on wasteful K-12  schools.  It is widely known that states spending less are surpassing Iowa student achievement, as are international countries. 

Source:  http://www.governing.com/gov-data/education-data/state-education-spending-per-pupil-data.html 

IOWA SPENDING PER PUPIL HAS INCREASED STEADILY—STATE REVENUES HAVE NOT!

POORLY PERFORMING K-12 PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE THE BIG HOGS AT THE STATE MONEY TROUGH!

  

IOWA’S 3 STATE UNIVERSITIES HAVE NOT HELPED

Iowa’s three state universities teamed up to produce the web site for the Iowa Reading Research Center: http://www.iowareadingresearch.org/   .  Unfortunately, they have produced as big a fiasco as their attempt to write an Iowa Core, and for the same reason: rather than doing in-depth analysis of content and teaching methods, they resort to blaming the student victims.  The web site falsely claims that 80% of the students with low reading proficiencies are in poverty, and that this can be remedied with summer school.  Which is blatantly false as summer school also fails to use teaching methods that match student learning abilities—such as those used by Judy Hintz at Educational Resources Associates in West Des Moines.

JUDY HINTZ’ OUTSTANDING SUCCESSES WITH STUDENTS PUBLIC SCHOOLS CLAIM CAN’T BE TAUGHT

 

 Public schools using the same flawed system and teaching methods in summer school, as used in regular school, DOES NOT  amount to remediation, contrary to the bogus claims on the Iowa Reading Research Center web site.  And summer school doesn’t teach phonics effectively. 

Educators are desperately trying to blame students for failure to pass legal 3rd grade level reading requirements in 2017—which educators now know at least 35% of the students won’t pass—and will be retained in 3rd grade amidst a public uproar.  What happens then? 

Mass cheating to pass the students is what happens!!!  There are no effective safeguards against Iowa schools cheating.    

Iowa’s three state universities (in the area of reading education) are behaving in a manner similar to the deceptive behavior of Volkswagen, in its attempts to cover up the flaws in its emission system.

Iowa continues to use the lowest Student Proficiency Standard in the Midwest, the 41st National Percentile Rank (NPR), and can’t meet it.  Most other American schools use the 65th NPR and are either meeting it or are steadily approaching it, according to results of NAEP test scores.

All but public school zealots now recognize Iowa K-12 schools are falling behind schools that are improving, especially in reading, despite substantial annual increases in total funding, shown in the following unrefuted websites and the table above. 

UNREFUTED WEBSITES SHOW SCHOOL FAILURES, ‘FIXES’ AND RESULTS

EDUCATORS ARE INCAPABLE OF FIXING THE MESS THEY CREATED

READING RANKING OF IA SCHOOL DISTRICTS, 2014-2015   49% Below National Grade Level

IA K12 SCHOOLS SPENT $23 BILLION FOR FLAT ACT SCORES

IA SCHOOLS WASTED 24% MORE THAN ALL IA CITIES SPENT

GROSS MISREPRESENTATION OF % OF IOWA STUDENTS REPORTED PROFICIENT

70 YEAR CHART SHOWS 50 YEARS OF IOWA PUBLIC SCHOOL FAILURES

ABCs OF IOWA SCHOOL FAILURES, THEIR CAUSES & FIXES  $178 Billion Wasted as of 2009

Iowa school officials adopted Common Core without stating any expectations for improved student achievement.   None will result!

Iowa school officials are touting summer school and they know it won’t help!

Iowa’s public schools’ chickens are coming home to roost!

Sincerely,

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