$660 MILLION MORE FOR NO IA SCHOOL LEADERSHIP OR ACHIEVEMENT GAINS

4-6-16

Greetings, Iowa State Representative, Ken Rizer, Department of Education Director  Ryan Wise, and all—

STATE REPRESENTATIVE KEN RIZER’S FACTUAL GUEST COLUMN

Congratulations!!  Ken Rizer’s 530 word column in the 4-6-16 Cedar Rapids Gazette made the following factual statements about out-of-control state funding for public education. 

“In sum, the dedication of 42 percent of the overall budget and 87 percent of new revenue to K-12 shows our commitment to education.

The past six years have seen a significant investment in education, with $660 million more in spending at almost double the historical inflation adjusted rate.

The number of fulltime teachers in the state has grown by 809 in those six years despite only modest enrollment gains.

These facts show that any problems related to school budgets have much more to do with out-of-control costs than with insufficient state funding.”

Given more column space Ken could have continued by stating there have been no meaningful student achievement gains and there is inadequate school leadership as well. 

The  following reading achievement chart is reported on  website   2015ConditionOfEducation.pdf and shows pathetic results of the last two years of $660 million increased state school funding--excluding increased local fees and funding increases as well.  

Math and science scores are no better.  And to add insult to student academic abuse, the Iowa Assessments scores in the chart are based on Iowa’s pathetic 40th National Percentile Rank (NPR) Student Proficiency Standard, the lowest in the Midwest.  And most Iowa schools can’t meet it and asked for a waiver.  It’s a disaster!  http://www.iowalive.net/iowa%20proficiency%20std.htm 

$660 MILLION STATE FUNDING INCREASE DID NOT IMPROVE 4th READING ACHIEVEMENT

25% OF 4TH STUDENTS ARE READING FAR MORE THAN A GRADE BELOW NATIONAL GRADE LEVEL—DUE TO IOWA’S LOW STANDARD

IA DEPT. OF EDUCATIONS’ LEADERSHIP REPORT CARD

The following Report Card clearly shows leadership initiatives and serious leadership shortcomings in Iowa’s Department of Education (DE).    It is most noteworthy the DE does not report any measurable improvement expectations for anything it does—or expects schools etc. to do!  This is unacceptable. 

THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONS LEADERSHIP GRADE OF D-  IS UNACCEPTABLE

Iowa Department of Education's Leadership Report Card for it's New, Activist, Leadership Role.                                                                          Grade Point  Average is .8 (D- ).    Source:  Iowalive  4-6-16

Department of Education's Project, Program, Actions, Edicts, Outputs Etc.

Approximate Date 

DE Director

Director's Stated, Measurable, Expectations For Improved Student Achievement %

*Integrity Index Score--0 to 1,000 Tops

Estimated  5 Year  Average Gain/Loss in Student Achievement  % 

Estimated Total 5 Year Cost

LETTER GRADE, A, B,C,D,F

GRADE POINT

set proficiency standards at  65th NPR grade level

not started

Buck &  Wise 

not started

400

not started

not started

F

0

replaced Iowa Core with Common Core

2014

Buck

not done

205

not done

not done

D

1

FAST

2014

Buck

not done

150

not done

not done

D

1

set teacher licensing standards

initiated 2015

Wise

not done

25

not done

not done

D

1

innovate teaching methods for all concepts at grade level for all grades

initiated 2015

Wise

not done

310

not done

not done

C

2

changes imposed on schools but not marketed to the public

initiated 2015

Wise

not done

3

not done

not done

F

0

set the example for those below to follow

initiated 2015

Wise

not done

300

not done

not done

D

1

identify key characteristics of change

initiated 2015

Wise

not done

400

not done

not done

D

1

Iowa’s new school improvement, support system

initiated in 2015

Wise

not done

50

not done

not done

D

1

identify legitimate obstacles to improved student achievement and solve them

not done

Buck, Wise

not done

300

not done

not done

D

1

make decisions that are in line with leadership for improvement to grade level standards

in progress

started with Buck in change to Common Core and continued with Wise in the mandate to use all five of the reading concepts in 2015

not done

310

not done

not done

D

1

set priorities to make best use of limited resources in achieving goals

not done

Buck, Wise

not done

315

not done

not done

D

1

focus on key tasks to achieve goals

not done

Wise

not done

320

not done

not done

F

0

all initiatives must be in support and service of the goal

not done

Buck, Wise

not done

360

not done

not done

F

0

Motivate others to follow the vision of the goal

not done

Buck, Wise

not done

460

not done

not done

F

0

perform and get results

not done

Wise

not done

500

not done

not done

F

0

SmarterBalance

2016

Buck, Wise

not done

210

not done

not done

D

1

Department of Education's Leadership Grade Point Average

0.8

*SCORE IS ON SCALE OF 0 TO 1,000 TOPS AND PRESUMES PROJECT OR ACTIVITY ETC. WILL BE PERFORMED SUCCESSFULLY--WHICH MOST LIKELY WON'T HAPPEN.  GRAND LARCENY SCORES 40.  Derivation Methods are Posted on Website:  http://www.iowalive.net/integrityderivation.htm

ANYONE CLAIMING TO HAVE BETTER DATA OR NUMBERS IS ASKED TO PROVIDE THEM. 

 

IA K12 SCHOOLS SPENT $23 BILLION FOR FLAT ACT SCORES

Sincerely,

Iowalive    A growing network of volunteer citizens and professionals for improving