STATE RANKING OF IOWA SCHOOLS’ HONESTY & INTEGRITY  

1-10-06

This posting is about Iowa school honesty, integrity and cheating—and its impact on state school rankings as shown in the Ranking Table below.  Iowalive has yet to hear a school superintendent claim there is no cheating in a district or that classrooms are discretely observed or monitored so the superintendent knows what is going on in them.  

Iowalive asked Senator Grassley for a GAO audit of the public schools and was informed by Senator Grassley they were not authorized to do such an audit--which is most curious since schools receive federal funding.  Iowalive then asked for a state audit only to find the auditor was not equipped to do such an audit.  By default, professional Iowalive net workers were forced to do the audit themselves--and have done the best they can, under the circumstances.  The rankings can be updated as more data and information become available.  The rankings are the best available at this time--and are offered as such, for information and for providing much better schools for our children.  We hope they serve as an inspiration for honest educators in the state. 

Anyone doubting these rankings is asked to provide better rankings, or to start a drive to have Deloitte, Ernst & Young, or a similar auditing organization--do a thorough, statistical audit of Iowa school's honesty/integrity--for comparison with Iowalive's.  

The effort to prepare this posting would have been greatly reduced by an Iowa law prohibiting school cheating and by an effective Iowa law encouraging, rewarding and protecting whistle blowers!!  Such laws might reduce school cheating to a level that this posting, and its test score and ranking adjustments for cheating, would not be necessary.  Iowalive can find no state laws against school cheating.  The Des Moines Register editorial telling schools to keep two sets of books and do anything legal to look better—certainly includes a multitude of ‘legal’ sins.   A GOOGLE search on school cheating resulted in 5,520,000 references.  Standard & Poors is investigating schools cheating on the 2006 NAEP tests.  Iowalive professionals have been informed and concerned about school cheating for several years. .

WHY SCHOOLS CHEAT

Schools cheat to look better and to get more money.  Educators often refer to themselves as insecure control freaks, obsessed with money.   Money is their culture.  All school proposals include needs for more money.  It doesn’t occur to schools to do better with equal or less money.   There are no policies or procedures in place to prevent or punish cheaters, and there is no encouragement or protection for whistle blowers.  Schools have no quality control systems in place and retaliate against anyone mentioning cheating.  The deck is heavily stacked against honest educators—and there are many of them.  All of the above invite, reward and support cheating.  

HOW SCHOOLS CAN CHEAT

Schools can cheat in many ways--some of them are:  misleading school boards about school performance, inflating enrollments, inflating the number of students on free and reduced lunch,  teaching the test, teaching to the test, giving students added time for tests, giving students answers to tests, allowing improper use of calculators on tests,  copying and distributing tests to students,  excluding students from taking tests, throwing student answer sheets in the wastebasket—as if the tests were never taken, excluding low test scores from reports,  inflating the number of students classified as special education, classifying students as special ed. without medically diagnosed learning disabilities,  keeping two sets of books as advised by the Des Moines Register editorial, dumbing down the tests and norms, distorting data to make it appear schools are doing better,  etc.

 HOW SCHOOL HONESTY AND INTEGRITY  IS DETERMINED AND RANKED  

School honesty and integrity is determined and numerically ranked from data and school observation and statistical analysis of schools and school data and their action (or the lack of it) to eliminate (or encourage) reasons for cheating and to reduce or eliminate (or practice) the ways schools cheat.  This includes the district’s emphasis (or the lack of it) placed on honesty and integrity in teaching, administering tests and compiling and reporting test scores.  It includes analysis of cohort test score patterns as students progress through the grades—as was done by analysts who found large scale cheating in Chicago and Dallas schools, resulting in teachers being fired. It also includes information obtained from other sources--who cannot be disclosed for obvious reasons.  Anyone claiming to have a better ranking of Iowa school honesty and integrity is asked to provide it for evaluation and comparison.   

 SCHOOL HONESTY AND INTEGRITY RANKING

The following honesty and integrity ranking of 03-04 biennium Iowa K-12 school districts is the best attempt to date at eliminating the unfair state ranking advantage gained by schools that cheat. 

 The most, and least honest districts found were Maquoketa Valley and Cedar Rapids, respectively. 

 The following color coded legend shows the four honesty and integrity levels—and the honesty adjustment factor in % used for each color.  The 70% honesty adjustment factor was used to discount % Proficient scores for the least honest school districts in the state—shaded in red in the Ranking Table below.  There was no adjustment made for schools shaded in green, even though their honesty and integrity is no where near that of Iowa’s casinos—that have very effective quality control systems in place and working.  Casinos obviously care more about what happens to casino money than public schools and teacher’s unions care about what happens to children.  Anyone doubting this need only visit a casino and learn about their superior auditing/monitoring/quality control system.  Anyone claiming to have a better ranking method is asked to provide it to Iowalive. 

 

HONESTY & INTEGRITY LEGEND

HONESTY FACTOR %

A--MOST HONEST

 

100%

B--LESS HONEST

 

90%

C--PARTLY HONEST

 

80%

D--LEAST HONEST

 

70%

It is encouraging that many schools are ranked high in honesty and integrity and the avg. % claimed proficient as well--such as Aurelia and Maquoketa Valley.  This is not a competitive ranking—all schools could and should be tied for number 1 in honesty and % Proficient. 

There can be no doubt the larger schools have the lowest integrity and % Proficient rankings-with the eight largest districts ranked within the bottom 15 school districts.  It makes no sense to push for larger school districts.   Analysis has shown the Cedar Rapids school district, ranked lowest in integrity and now operating at 31% efficiency, annually wastes more money ($58,035,400) than the total $56,873,300 the 31 smallest school districts spend.  

CAUTION:  A top state ranking in Iowa doesn’t mean very much as Iowa 4th NAEP scores rank Iowa 22nd in the U. S.--which ranks 24th of 29 countries in the world.   Nothing to date has improved student achievement in Iowa—to the embarrassment of the Governor and state legislators, not to mention the media, who have blindly supported the schools to date—and the billions spent/wasted on ‘education’.  

CONTENTS OF RANKING TABLE 

The ranking table consists of four columns—name of school district, district honesty & integrity ranking, the adjusted ranking of % of students claimed as proficient and the adjusted average percentage of students claimed as being Proficient in 4th and 8th grade reading and math.   The baseline % Proficient data was obtained from the 05 Iowa Teacher Quality Report. 

For example, for Cedar Rapids, the baseline, unadjusted numbers for the 03-04 biennium were:  68, 68, 71, 69 and averaged 69% proficient, for a 311 state ranking —as posted on website: http://www.iowalive.net/03-04%20rank.htm   .  To correct the Cedar Rapids numbers for honesty and integrity, they were multiplied by the 70% red honesty adjustment  factor to get 48, 48, 50, 48 for an average of 48% actually proficient, and a state ranking of 342--as shown in column 4 in the Ranking Table below.    

Because of Iowa’s low Proficiency standard, (40th National Percentile Rank--NPR) Proficiency merely means students scored at or above grade 3.2 or 6.9 in 4th and 8th grade tests respectively.  Honest people would likely consider this deception to be fraudulent. 

To find your school, click on ‘edit’, ‘find’ and then enter the name of your school and click ‘find next’.  

Note:  Because cheating skews the bell curve, a reasonably honest school, such as Red Oak, can make a large improvement in rankings.  This is shown by comparing Red Oak’s % Proficient rank (90) in the following table with its ranking (306) in the table on website: http://www.iowalive.net/03-04%20rank.htm    This is the purpose of the honesty/integrity adjustments—honesty  and fairness.   It should be noted there are about 3 times as many Iowa schools shaded in red than are shaded in green. 

To Iowalive’s knowledge, the following rankings and % Proficient numbers are the most honest ever posted.  Multiply the numbers in column 4 by .6 to get the approximate avg. % of Iowa students scoring at Iowa Equivalent Grade Level (IGE).  At most there are only 37% of Iowa’s 4th and 8th graders scoring at grade level.   NAEP TEST RESULTS SHOWED ONLY ABOUT 27% WERE “PROFICIENT” AT GRADE LEVEL. 

  RANKING TABLE

SCHOOL DISTRICT

Honesty & Integrity Rank

NEW--INTEGRITY ADJUSTED, OVERALL DIST. AVG. % PROFICIENT RANK

NEW--INTEGRITY ADJUSTED, OVERALL  DIST. AVG. % PROFICIENT

Maquoketa Valley 

1

9

84

Red Oak 

2

90

69

Aurelia 

3

1

93

Emmetsburg 

4

34

77

Lineville-Clio 

5

74

71

New London 

6

48

74

Lynnville-Sully 

7

6

87

Madrid 

8

21

80

Perry 

9

174

62

Roland-Story 

10

13

83

Ruthven-Ayrshire 

11

3

88

Seymour 

12

117

66

Carlisle 

13

79

71

Fairfield 

14

16

81

Ogden 

15

29

78

Parkersburg 

16

7

85

Pella 

17

4

87

Postville 

18

85

70

Preston  

19

41

75

Rockwell City-Lytton 

20

15

82

Rockwell-Swaledale 

21

154

63

Sheffield-Chapin 

22

14

83

South Hamilton 

23

10

84

St Ansgar 

24

35

77

Woodbury Central 

25

37

77

Shenandoah 

26

138

64

South Clay 

27

8

85

Lamoni 

28

25

78

Meservey-Thornton 

29

99

68

Nishna Valley 

30

80

71

Nodaway Valley 

31

45

74

Russell 

32

194

60

Schaller-Crestland 

33

26

78

Solon 

34

11

84

Wapsie Valley 

35

42

75

West Burlington

36

105

67

Winfield-Mt Union 

37

83

70

Lisbon 

38

30

78

New Market 

39

152

64

Nora Springs-Rock Falls 

40

12

83

Albert City-Truesdale 

41

19

81

Aplington-Parkersburg 

42

22

79

Boyden-Hull 

43

31

78

Clarke 

44

106

67

Edgewood-Colesburg 

45

24

79

Exira 

46

67

72

Johnston 

47

2

89

Nevada 

48

20

81

North Kossuth 

49

39

75

Southern Cal 

50

92

69

West  Des Moines 

51

27

78

Northeast 

52

43

75

Pekin 

53

124

66

Clarion-Goldfield 

54

98

68

Fort Dodge 

55

201

59

Manson Northwest Webster 

56

46

74

Mount Vernon 

57

56

73

Newton 

58

162

63

Akron Westfield 

59

5

153

Baxter 

60

18

81

Brooklyn-Guernsey-Malcom 

61

102

67

Charter Oak-Ute 

62

66

72

Estherville Lincoln Central

63

135

64

Galva-Holstein 

64

68

71

Humboldt 

65

44

74

Clear Lake 

66

111

67

Rock Valley 

67

49

74

Alden 

68

108

67

Alta 

69

112

67

Andrew 

70

87

69

Anthon-Oto 

71

88

69

Eastern Allamakee 

72

59

72

Manning 

73

40

75

Clear Creek-Amana 

74

120

66

Clearfield 

75

17

81

Oelwein 

76

179

61

Osage 

77

38

76

Alburnett 

78

50

73

Decorah 

79

36

77

East Greene 

80

191

60

Iowa Falls 

81

89

69

Lone Tree 

82

82

70

New Hampton 

83

60

72

Riceville 

84

100

68

Jesup 

85

109

67

Southeast Warren 

86

136

64

Ventura 

87

129

65

Urbandale 

88

33

77

Washington 

89

121

66

Dike-New Hartford 

90

62

72

PCM 

91

75

71

Sentral 

92

103

67

Springville 

93

116

66

Albia 

94

170

62

Allison-Bristow 

95

47

74

Audubon 

96

23

79

Denver 

97

57

73

Fredericksburg 

98

137

64

Garner-Hayfield 

99

71

71

Gladbrook-Reinbeck 

100

51

73

Guttenberg 

101

104

67

Knoxville 

102

140

64

Melcher-Dallas 

103

127

65

Moravia 

104

63

72

Mormon Trail 

105

128

65

Remsen-Union 

106

32

77

North Tama County 

107

61

72

A-H-S-T 

108

95

69

Bellevue 

109

52

73

Fremont 

110

173

62

Fremont-Mills 

111

211

59

MOC-Floyd Valley 

112

28

78

North Winneshiek 

113

171

62

Tri-County 

114

246

56

AGWSR 

115

73

71

Algona 

116

54

73

Anamosa 

117

72

71

Ar-We-Va 

118

76

71

Battle Creek-Ida Grove 

119

58

73

Belle Plaine 

120

101

68

Belmond-Klemme 

121

94

69

Burlington 

122

187

61

East Marshall 

123

64

72

Elk Horn-Kimballton 

124

77

71

English Valleys 

125

125

66

Gilmore City-Bradgate 

126

78

71

North Fayette 

127

53

73

Lewis Central 

128

324

51

Mediapolis 

129

130

65

West Harrison 

130

283

54

Boone 

131

177

61

Cardinal 

132

240

57

Centerville 

133

275

54

Colfax-Mingo 

134

332

50

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 

135

175

61

Malvern 

136

161

63

Moulton-Udell 

137

139

64

Murray 

138

219

58

North Cedar 

139

163

62

Okoboji 

140

184

61

Stanton 

141

97

68

Terril 

142

144

64

Sigourney 

143

294

53

Sioux Center 

144

119

66

South Winneshiek 

145

189

60

Eddyville-Blakesburg 

146

247

56

Panorama 

147

107

67

Starmont 

148

225

58

Anita 

149

96

68

Ankeny 

150

93

69

Glidden-Ralston 

151

172

62

Guthrie Center 

152

114

66

Lawton-Bronson 

153

91

69

Nashua-Plainfield 

154

115

66

College 

155

159

63

Adel-DeSoto-Minburn 

156

133

65

Center Point-Urbana 

157

200

59

Muscatine 

158

131

65

North Linn 

159

158

63

Pleasant Valley 

160

122

66

Sumner 

161

183

61

Underwood 

162

256

56

Saydel 

163

348

47

Titonka

164

208

59

Maquoketa 

165

235

57

Whiting 

166

84

70

Coon Rapids-Bayard 

167

188

60

Treynor 

168

81

70

Dunkerton 

169

226

58

Essex 

170

205

59

Glenwood 

171

178

61

North Central 

172

307

52

Norwalk  

173

155

63

Pleasantville 

174

149

64

Cherokee 

175

224

58

Clarinda 

176

252

56

George-Little Rock 

177

134

64

Laurens-Marathon 

178

141

64

West Delaware County 

179

153

63

Benton 

180

182

61

Boyer Valley 

181

251

56

Harris-Lake Park 

182

65

72

Hubbard-Radcliffe 

183

156

63

Iowa Valley 

184

146

64

Keota 

185

166

62

Morning Sun 

186

150

64

Mount Ayr 

187

113

67

North Iowa 

188

248

56

Odebolt-Arthur 

189

151

64

Sheldon 

190

126

66

West Monona 

191

220

58

Gilbert 

192

86

69

Creston 

193

197

60

Durant 

194

147

64

Walnut 

195

227

58

Waverly-Shell Rock 

196

110

67

Clinton 

197

310

52

Earlham 

198

218

58

Monticello 

199

142

64

Sac 

200

196

60

Sidney 

201

169

62

Tripoli 

202

148

64

Valley 

203

243

57

West Branch 

204

118

66

Colo-Nesco 

205

229

57

West Lyon 

206

123

66

Williamsburg 

207

167

62

Woden-Crystal Lake 

208

164

62

Adair-Casey 

209

284

54

Allamakee 

210

193

60

Ames 

211

69

71

Armstrong-Ringsted 

212

198

59

Bedford 

213

176

61

Bennett 

214

70

71

Camanche 

215

276

54

Central Decatur 

216

236

57

Central Lee 

217

311

52

Clarksville 

218

272

55

Corning 

219

181

61

Corwith-Wesley 

220

55

73

Fox Valley 

221

366

40

Garnavillo 

222

209

59

GMG 

223

185

61

Graettinger 

224

267

55

Grinnell-Newburg 

225

143

64

Hamburg 

226

238

57

Hampton-Dumont 

227

282

54

Harlan 

228

145

64

Harmony 

229

286

54

Le Mars 

230

132

65

Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 

231

168

62

Northeast Hamilton 

232

165

62

Villisca 

233

279

54

Linn-Mar 

234

222

58

Wapello 

235

331

50

Deep River-Millersburg 

236

298

53

Janesville

237

239

57

Midland 

238

327

50

Montezuma 

239

303

53

Newell-Fonda 

240

231

57

North Mahaska 

241

233

57

Northwood-Kensett 

242

280

54

Pocahontas Area 

243

309

52

Atlantic 

244

312

52

Bondurant-Farrar 

245

269

55

C and M 

246

328

50

Cal 

247

160

63

Calamus-Wheatland 

248

215

58

Carroll 

249

257

56

Chariton 

250

345

47

Charles City 

251

322

51

Clay Central-Everly 

252

190

60

Collins-Maxwell 

253

302

53

Eagle Grove 

254

329

50

East Buchanan 

255

305

52

Eldora-New Providence 

256

313

52

Hudson 

257

262

55

Kingsley-Pierson 

258

244

57

Logan-Magnolia 

259

308

52

Louisa-Muscatine 

260

353

45

MFL MarMac 

261

356

44

Riverside 

262

290

54

Woodbine 

263

350

46

Interstate 35 

264

260

55

Van Meter 

265

223

58

Sioux Central 

266

255

56

Howard-Winneshiek 

267

300

53

South Page 

268

285

54

Turkey Valley 

269

330

50

Van Buren 

270

273

55

West Bend-Mallard 

271

202

59

Westwood 

272

340

48

Webster City 

273

278

54

H-L-V 

274

320

51

Lake Mills 

275

297

53

Maple Valley 

276

326

50

Prairie Valley 

277

287

54

Sibley-Ocheyedan 

278

221

58

Southeast Polk 

279

291

54

Storm Lake 

280

354

45

Stratford 

281

207

59

Twin Cedars 

282

336

49

Union 

283

249

56

Waukee 

284

186

61

Wayne 

285

299

53

West Central 

286

228

58

West Liberty 

287

338

49

West Sioux 

288

346

47

Missouri Valley 

289

334

49

Columbus 

290

365

40

Highland 

291

360

44

IKM 

292

232

57

LuVerne

293

368

28

Marshalltown 

294

352

45

Martensdale-St Marys 

295

314

52

Mid-Prairie 

296

295

53

North Polk 

297

192

60

Oskaloosa 

298

319

51

Pomeroy-Palmer

299

216

58

Prescott 

300

292

54

Schleswig 

301

237

57

Spencer 

302

263

55

West Central Valley 

303

333

49

Indianola 

304

214

59

Ballard 

305

241

57

BCLUW 

306

264

55

Dallas Center-Grimes 

307

206

59

Danville  

308

281

54

Denison 

309

347

47

East Central 

310

301

53

Greene 

311

203

59

Griswold 

312

265

55

Marion

313

259

55

North Scott 

314

245

57

West Hancock 

315

339

48

Forest City 

316

293

54

Jefferson-Scranton 

317

261

55

Lenox 

318

349

47

Mount Pleasant 

319

318

51

Olin

320

323

51

Orient-Macksburg 

321

351

46

South Tama County 

322

325

51

Twin Rivers 

323

230

57

Bettendorf 

324

234

57

Davis County 

325

315

52

Delwood 

326

157

63

Dows 

327

343

48

Ottumwa 

328

355

45

River Valley 

329

180

61

Tri-Center 

330

268

55

East Union 

331

274

54

Farragut 

332

341

48

Fort Madison 

333

304

53

Sergeant Bluff-Luton 

334

316

51

Spirit Lake 

335

217

58

United 

336

210

59

Woodward-Granger 

337

250

56

Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock

338

361

44

Grundy Center 

339

212

59

South O'Brien  

340

199

59

Vinton-Shellsburg 

341

288

54

Wall Lake View Auburn 

342

242

57

Waco 

343

266

55

Central 

344

271

55

Southeast Webster 

345

362

43

Winterset 

346

296

53

Tipton 

347

204

59

Wilton 

348

321

51

Hinton 

349

253

56

Keokuk 

350

344

48

Central City 

351

337

49

Diagonal 

352

270

55

West Marshall 

353

306

52

Davenport 

354

364

42

Iowa City 

355

258

56

Mason City 

356

317

51

Central Lyon 

357

254

56

Dubuque 

358

335

49

Sioux City 

359

358

44

Western Dubuque 

360

289

54

Central Clinton 

361

195

60

Independence 

362

277

54

Council Bluffs 

363

359

44

Waterloo 

364

367

37

Cedar Falls 

365

213

59

Paton-Churdan 

366

357

44

Des Moines

367

363

42

Cedar Rapids 

368

342

48

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