SUPERINTENDENT SALARIES HAVE WEAK LINK TO STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

3-14-16

Greetings, Cedar Rapids Gazette Editorial Board and all—

Gazette reporters and editors solicited and listened to superintendents whining about the bogus need for more school funding.  2,200 words in two 3-13-16 front page Gazette articles tried to mislead readers to link school funding and superintendent salaries directly to superintendent turnover and student achievement. 

The articles completely ignored the fact superintendents are not trained to manage and there is at best a weak correlation between superintendent salaries and student achievement—as clearly shown in the following table, using the Gazette’s numbers.  The state’s highest paid superintendent has the lowest 4th reading state ranking.   State reading rankings are posted on http://www.iowalive.net/2014-2015readingrank.htm

But the Gazette didn’t care or want to talk about that!!  And the Gazette won’t emphatically report universities aren’t teaching teachers how to teach the 5  essential components for teaching reading.  http://www.iowalive.net/radio%20agenda.htm  More school funding and higher superintendent and teacher salaries don’t help that mess!! 

Preliminary 2015 Programme For International Student Assessment (PISA) tests show the U. S. ranks 24th of 40 countries in reading.  http://www.bbc.com/news/business-26249042  Iowa ranks about 27th in the nation.  The table shows the dismal Iowa school rankings in the state—for schools paying superintendents the most. 

The Gazette blindly wants more money for schools to waste, no matter what.  Academically abused kids are forced to live damaged lives as a result.  Same ‘ol, same ‘ol.

GIVING SCHOOLS MORE MONEY FOR  POOR PERFORMANCE RESULTS IN MORE POOR PERFORMANCE

Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal Blindly Leads the Fight for More School Funding For Poor School Performance

THE .47 CORRELATION COEFFICIENT CLEARLY SHOWS THERE IS A WEAK CORRELATION BETWEEN SUPERINTENDENT SALARY AND 4TH READING STATE RANK.  Source:  Gazette, Dept. of Education and Iowalive   3-14-16

District

Superintendent

Enrollment

Salary

Vacation-Personal days

District payment to retirement

Year started

4TH READING STATE RANK  2014-2015

Supt. Salary Rank

Des Moines

Thomas Ahart

32,582

$279,864

25

$43,379

2012

327

1

Johnston

Corey Lunn

6,756

$231,750

29

NA

2014

4

2

Sioux City

Paul Gausman

14,615

$229,034

25

$32,337

2008

285

3

Cedar Rapids

Brad Buck

16,939

$229,000

30

$21,865

2015

219

4

Linn-Mar

Quintin Shepherd

7,198

$215,000

32

$10,000

2014

27

5

Council Bluffs

Martha Bruckner

9,126

$215,000

22

$41,375

2007

307

6

Waukee

David Wilkerson

9,448

$213,740

25

$55,000

2004

11

7

Ankeny

Bruce Kimpston

10,793

$212,051

27

$25,446

2012

5

8

Indianola

Art Sathoff

3,472

$206,000

22

NA

2014

34

9

Dubuque

Stanton Rheingans

10,588

$205,508

25

NA

2012

246

10

THE CORRELATION COEFFICIENT OF SUPERINTENDENT SALARY TO 4TH READING STATE RANK IS .47.  This means there is but a weak correlation.  There is NO significant relationship such as falsely implied by the 2,200 word, front page articles in  the 3-13-16  misguided Cedar Rapids Gazette. 

 

A PERSPECTIVE WORD ABOUT LAGGING U. S. MATH SKILLS

Contrary to typical Gazette education reporting, the 3-13-16 Des Moines Register carried the following graphic, curiously without supporting text, which the Register likely decided was too painful and revealing to carry.  At least the Register showed it is aware of serious U. S. math deficiencies. 

But the Register won’t tie increased school funding to requirements for measurably improved student achievement and operating efficiencies results.  And it won’t ask for school improvement plans.  Neither will the Cedar Rapids Gazette or the State Legislature—which is about to throw $100 million more ($1 billion in 10 years) down the school rat hole.  So the education mess and academic child abuse continues out of control--at higher and higher costs.  IS THIS HEAVEN?  NO!!  IT’S IOWA!!

 

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

http://www.iowalive.net/educationliestold.htm

Sincerely,

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