RANKING OF CONTRIBUTORS TO IA K-12 SCHOOL PERFORMANCE

7-12-16

Greetings, Ryan Wise, Director, IA Department of Ed., State Board of Education,  Board of Educational Examiners, Board of Regents, Gov. Branstad, Iowa Association of School Boards, and all—

More funding, meetings, summits, task forces and committees, and their feeble plans, go on and on to fix Iowa’s poorly performing K-!2 schools—to no avail.  As a result, the numbers in the table below rank the contributors to K-12 school performance. 

Negative contributors, and their related issues in the Key Observations of Contributors column in the table, must be fixed first, to achieve any hope of improving K-12 school and student achievement performance.  Once their numbers are raised to substantial positive numbers, >2, plans to improve results of the other contributors will likely succeed!  For example.

Proficiency standards will be raised to the 65th National Percentile Rank (NPR) grade level and at least 75% of Iowa’s students will meet them—and there will be no need to retain any 3rd graders in reading.   That’s the good news!

The bad news is there are no plans to fix the negative numbers—and they have escaped all scrutiny, until now—no thanks to a heavily pro school biased media, that won’t even report Iowa’s lowest in the Midwest student Proficiency Standard—the 40th NPR, tested and reported at the 41st NPR.  That standard falsely claims Iowa students are Proficient (expert) when scoring up to  2 or more grades below National Grade Equivalent (NGE) level. 

RANKING SHOWS ISEA TEACHER UNION IS WORST CONTRIBUTOR TO IA K-12 SCHOOL PERFORMANCE

ANY PLAN TO FIX IOWA’S K-12 SCHOOLS MUST GREATLY IMPROVE THE NUMBERS IN THE FOLLOWING TABLE

ESPECIALLY THE NEGATIVE NUMBERS, FIRST

THERE ARE FAR TOO MANY NEGATIVE CONTRIBUTORS TO IOWA  K-12 PUBLIC SCHOOL PERFORMANCE.  Source Iowalive  7-12-16

RANK

CONTRIBUTORS TO IOWA PUBLIC SCHOOL PERFORMANCE

NET AVG. OVERALL CONTRIBUTION TO SCHOOL PERFORMANCE ON SCALE OF 0 TO 10 TOPS

KEY OBSERVATIONS OF  CONTRIBUTORS

1

School Boards

3.3

Are in charge of schools but are negatively influenced by ISEA teacher union, Dept. of Ed. and others.

2

Teachers

2.5

70% of them really care about kids but lack training to teach effectively.

3

Parents

0.8

Are  blamed for poor school performance and were undereducated in public schools.

4

Iowalive &  Dr. Sue Atkinson

0.7

Provided competitive school rankings and sound 'education' analysis.

5

Governor Branstad

0.5

Is misled by ISEA & education 'experts'.

6

Iowa's 3 Public Universities

0.2

Are managed for benefit of profs, not students.

7

Superintendents

0.1

Teachers who really care about kids don't become superintendents.

8

State Board of Educational Examiners

0.0

Doesn't really care about cheating or effective teacher licensing.

9

Dept. of Ed.

-0.1

Adopted the lowest student Proficiency Standard in the Midwest.

10

State Board of Education

-0.1

It's 'Duties' lack nouns and measurable  school improvement expectations.

11

Legislature

-0.1

Rewards poorly performing schools with more funding and lacks interest in improving student achievement

12

Iowa Association of School Boards

-0.3

Is completely devoid of effective performance measures for anyone or anything.

13

ISEA Teacher Union

-1.1

Selfishly pursues its own  special interests & negatively influences all  other contributors.

NA

All others, including principals & teachers who don't really care about kids.

-0.2

Principals are thwarted by 30% of teachers who don't really care  about kids.

Absolute Value Total

10.00

 

Anyone Claiming To have Better Numbers Is Asked To Provide Them

IOWA HAS NO IDEA OF STATE K-12 GRADE LEVEL STANDARDS

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

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Sincerely, 

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