IOWA SCHOOLS INFLATE 'A' GRADES AND STUDENT PROFICIENCIES

7-21-17

Greetings, Legislature Education Committees, State Board of Education, Department of Education Director (DE), Ryan Wise and  all--

The following information is thoughtfully submitted to you on behalf of superior educator, Dr. Sue Atkinson.    It clearly articulates grade 'A' and student Proficiency inflations as a serious problem with the Iowa K-12 Education System described on website http://www.iowalive.net/iowak-12educationsystem.htm  .  Iowa schools make phony claims a parent’s child is an 'A' student, or is  Proficient. (Expert).  Now that you are aware of the problem, you can take steps to resolve it, such as by holding school officials accountable for stopping it and by adopting the 65th National Proficiency Rank (NPR) national grade level standard—or facing consequences.  Iowalive has failed to get even 10 school superintendents interested in improving Iowa schools,  http://www.iowalive.net/tensuperintendents.htm .

Sincerely,  

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

 

IOWA SCHOOLS INFLATE ‘A’  GRADES AND STUDENT PROFICIENCIES

The College Board has released, and  USA TODAY reported on 7-18-17, data and charts showing how grades are inflated to 'A's in this country.  Those and charts below provide an explanation of why the U.S. continues to lag the world on the international Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) exams  http://www.oecd.org/education/pisa-2015-results-volume-i-9789264266490-en.htm  !  But U. S. schools would rather appear to be good, in lieu of actually being good, because to truly improve the school system up to international standards would require school officials taking responsibility for the poor education theories that for decades falsely blames students for being defective rather than the system.

Iowa has been one of the worst offenders in this – for decades – by dumbing down assessment tests when 50% of the students could not pass them, and for falsely blaming students as defective in lieu of taking responsibility for the poor curriculum content and ineffective teaching.

NCLB (2001) staged the first intervention to change the education theories, but Iowa fought it as hard as it could to avoid accountability http://www.iowalive.net/howandwhyiowagotalowproficiencystandard.htm  .  Updated ESSA (2015) finally got the point across that students have to stop being the scapegoats, and educators need to step up, take responsibility, and accept the fact they are going to be held accountable for the outcomes.  To date, Iowa has continued to fail to raise proficiency standards up to the national grade level.  Evidence for this can be found on the NAEP reports.  As Iowa falsely touts a percentage of students Proficient (expert) at grade level, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results clearly show this percentage to be basic entry-level (up to 2 grades below national grade level)  rather than at grade level. But Iowa’s deception is exposed by Iowa’s plummeting national ranking on NAEP, from 4th to 24th in reading for example, as other states correct what they have been doing wrong and surpass Iowa’s  cheaters.  Ryan Wise, Iowa Director of Education, wrote a cover letter for Iowa’s plan for ESSA accountability that touts a list of the programs Iowa has wasted billions of dollars on but have failed to bring improvement to student proficiencies because the real cause for the problem has yet to be identified: ineffective teaching and the continued use of poor education theories.

A recent Iowa court case might partially open the door for real improvement, but not if the rationale for it remains the defective student theory rather than ineffective teaching.  The following website contains a report from the National Council on Teacher Quality (that ranks Iowa’s elementary training programs a failure, and the overall system in the bottom 20% of the country) about a study that showed most students falsely identified as dyslexic are actually victims of ineffective teaching and poor curriculum. http://www.nctq.org/commentary/article.do?id=290 

The following charts show high school grade inflation to 'A's based on 100% of the students getting 'A's, 'B's and 'C's.

U. S. HIGH SCHOOL  GRADE INFLATION TO As

 

IOWA HIGH SCHOOL GRADE INFLATION TO 'A's

 

U. S. & IOWA HIGH SCHOOL GRADE INFLATION TO 'A's

DATA  TABLE

 

IOWA

NATION

Iowa 1998

Iowa 2016

Nation 1998

Nation 2016

A grade students

30%

50%

39%

47%

B grade students

40%

30%

48%

44%

C grade students

30%

20%

13%

9%

NUMBER AND PERCENTAGE OF 11TH  GRADE, 'A' GRADES AND PROFICIENCIES INFLATED & STUDENTS MISLED

 

IOWA'S LOW PROFICIENCY STANDARD PLUS ITS INFLATION OF GRADE A's MISLEADS 31,674 STUDENTS & THEIR  PARENTS INTO BELIEVING THEY ARE DOING MUCH BETTER THAN THEY ARE.  School Year 2015-2016.  Source:  DEPT. OF EDUCATION , THE COLLEGE BOARD & IOWALIVE  7-21-17

SUBJECT

TOTAL TESTED

40TH NPR--IA GRADE LEVEL

65TH NPR--NATIONAL GRADE LEVEL

NUMBER 40th NPR  INFLATED

%  40th NPR INFLATED

TOTAL NUMBER A's

NUMBER A's INFLATED

% A's INFLATED

TOTAL NUMBER OF 11th GRADE STUDENTS IA EDUCATORS MISLED

TOTAL NUMBER CLAIMED  PROF

% CLAIMED PROFICIENT

NUMBER CLAIMED  PROFICIENT

% CLAIMED PROFICIENT

11tH READING

31,722

25,218

79%

14,088

56%

11,130

44%

6,344

1,840

29.0%

 

11TH SCIENCE

31,692

25,301

80%

17,463

69%

7,838

31%

6,338

1,838

29.0%

11TH MATH

31,718

26,451

83%

19,313

73%

7,138

27%

6,344

1,840

29.0%

TOTAL

76,970

 

50,864

 

5,518

 

 

 

NUMBER OF 11th GRADE STUDENTS IOWA EDUCATORS FALSELY CLAIMED   PROFICIENT = 76,970-50,864  = 26,106

5,518

31,624

Iowa's 40th NPR Proficiency Standard Means Iowa's Proficient (Expert) Students Are Merely Scoring As Good or Better Than the Bottom 40%  of the Nation's Students.  Iowa EDUCATORS & School Officials Refuse to Raise it to the 65th NPR National Grade Level, Used by Most States.   Iowa Educators, Politicians and School Officials Prefer to Mislead Students, Their Parents & IA Taxpayers!!

Numbers were derived using Iowalive’s proprietary algorithms, database and data available from various sources, such as the links below.

 Anyone claiming to have better numbers is asked to provide them.

COMPARE IOWA READING TEST SCORES FOR ALL GRADES TESTED 2015-2016 

COMPARE IA SCIENCE TEST SCORES FOR ALL GRADES TESTED 2015-2016

COMPARE IOWA MATH TEST SCORES FOR ALL GRADES TESTED 2015-2016

http://www.iowalive.net/

Sue Atkinson, PhD

P. O. Box 301

Baxter IA 50028

641-227-3786