WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A PROFICIENT 4TH GRADE READER IN IOWA

1-25-17

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

Iowa school report cards released by the Department of Education and school districts report the  % of students Proficient in 4th grade reading—and other grades and subjects as well.  But this release is for 4th grade reading, as a good example of what is going on

Proficient means Expert.   A Proficient 4th grade reader is considered to be an Expert reader.   But the reports don’t say compared to what.   If they did, they would state it is compared to other 4th grader readers tested in the U. S.  But they still need to state how many of them.   If they did report it, they would state it is based on only 40% of them. 

And they would then state this means a  Proficient, Expert 4th grade reader in Iowa is reading as good as 40% of the 4th grade readers in the U. S.  And they would state this is what Iowa’s 40th National Percentile Rank (NPR) Proficiency Standard means.  No more and no less.  No one knows if any of the readers are actually reading better than this. 

But a Proficient 4th grade reader in Nebraska is reading as good as 65% of 4th grade readers in the U. S., because Nebraska educators adopted the higher 65th NPR the Feds recommended, as did other states cited in the following website link.

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

The following website links show how the Proficiency ratings can be used by those interested in Iowa’s public school performance—such as school district performance rankings.

IRREGULAR TEST SCORES AT LYNNVILLE-SULLY & MORE 

HOW EDUCATORS RUINED & CAN FIX IOWA'S PUBLIC SCHOOLS

If the governor and Iowa educators were honest about it, they would explain exactly what Proficient means and they would adopt at least the 65th  NPR  Proficiency Standard which would show Iowans an  honest  comparison of a how Iowa students are performing with respect to students in most of the nation’s school districts. 

Sincerely,

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