ESSA THIRD DRAFT PLAN PERFORMANCE SCORES

9-5-17

Greetings, Department of Education Director, Ryan Wise, and all—

Superior educator Dr. Sue Atkinson, in her 9th  and last in a series of posts on Iowa K-12 ‘education’ performance, herein addresses the Department of Education’s Third Draft Plan for “meeting’ Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements.  The Plan said nothing about improved student achievement results expectations, who is in charge of meeting them,  nor how much it will cost, as usual.  Dr. Atkinson's previous 8 posts are accessed with the following links. 

 DATA RECOGNITION CORP. OFFERS BEST STUDENT ASSESSMENT FOR IOWA

 ISEA TEACHERS UNION CONTROLLED BY DEFECTIVE STUDENT THEORISTS

IA REGENT UNIVERSITIES ARE DELINQUENT IN TEACHER TRAINING RESULTS 

DEFECTIVE STUDENT THEORY PLAGUES IA BOARD OF EDUCATIONAL EXAMINERS

HARMFUL DEFECTIVE STUDENT THEORY IMPACT ON STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

SPECIAL EDUCATION COSTS DRIVEN BY DEFECTIVE STUDENT THEORY

IOWA SCHOOLS INFLATE 'A' GRADES AND STUDENT PROFICIENCIES

RESPONSE TO 2nd ESSA DRAFT

 

Educators have just completed their Third Draft Plan of their response to Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements.  The drafts are getting worse as shown in the following table, after 7 months of preparation!   ESSA will be another failed education fix in Iowa!

IOWA EDUCATORS’ THIRD ESSA DRAFT PLAN SCORES ARE  WORSE THAN THE FIRST TWO DRAFTS

Iowa educators will not vacate the defective student theory!!

EACH ESSA DRAFT PLAN REDUCED STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT RESULTS & WASTED $MILLIONS.  Source:  Iowalive   8-31-17

IOWA ESSA DRAFT PLAN

% AVERAGE INCREASE IN STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT IN 5 YEARS

TOTAL 5 YEAR IMPLEMENTATION COST

TOTAL 5 YEAR IMPLEMENTATION SHOULD-COST

TOTAL 5 YEAR  WASTE

NUMBER 1  1-6-17

5%

$4,000,000

$780,000

$3,220,000

NUMBER 2  6-16-17

4%

$4,500,000

$795,000

$3,705,000

NUMBER 3  8-17-17

2%

$4,000,000

$780,000

$3,220,000

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

 

Iowa’s ESSA plan uses all the right words required of ESSA, but there is a lack of detail and commitment:

·      Iowa educators won’t move up to the national standard for student proficiencies instead of using the state’s lower standard to artificially appear to be good!!

·      Iowa education officials won’t eliminate laws and administrative rules already in place to justify alternative assessments – a big indication Iowa educators continue to believe in the false theory of defective students!!

https://www.educateiowa.gov/sites/files/ed/documents/The%20Dynamic%20Learning%20Maps%20Aligned%20K-3%20Early%20Literacy%20Alternate%20Assessment%20FAQ%202017-2018.pdf

Nothing in the alternative assessment considers ineffective teaching.

evidence-based research: Dyslexia and Teacher Prep Dysfunction  study released 9 September 2016: http://www.nctq.org/commentary/article.do?id=290  and  The Dyslexia Dilemma: A History of Ignorance, Complacency and Resistance in Colleges of Education  http://childhood-developmental-disorders.imedpub.com/the-dyslexia-dilemma-a-history-of-ignorance-complacency-and-resistance-in-colleges-of-education.pdf   released in 2016.

https://www.educateiowa.gov/sites/files/ed/documents/K-6%20Early%20Literacy%20Alternate%20Assessment%20Manual.pdf 

Iowa Code section 279.68  and 281--Iowa Administrative Code 62 require that all students in kindergarten through third grade participate in universal screening in reading to determine their level of reading or reading readiness. This requirement includes students with the most significant cognitive disabilities who will or are likely to participate in alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards in third grade. Because this group of students present a broad range of intensive and diverse needs, an alternate approach to assessment is required. For example, approximately 50% of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities cannot use speech well enough to read aloud, many others cannot hold pencils or use standard keyboards, and all experience a combination of cognitive and linguistic impairments that make it inappropriate for them to participate in standard assessments even with accommodations.

Unfortunately, there is no valid or reliable reading screener for students with significant cognitive disabilities. As such, the Iowa Department of Education issued Guidance on May 30, 2014 [Iowa Citation Code, 256B; Iowa Administrative Code citation – IAC 28162.3 (6)] that allows a district to, “Permit a student with a disability who has been determined to require an alternate assessment aligned to alternate academic achievement standards in reading to take an alternate reading assessment[1] that includes progress monitoring.

·      Will Iowa bring its teacher training programs up to national standards by admitting only four programs use all five reading concepts (and of those only one uses the correct materials to train teachers how to use effective methods to teach them) – and will its teacher licensing requirements change accordingly?

 

NOTICE THE Ds AND Fs IN THE FOLLOWING UNIVERSITY TEACHER TRAINING RATINGS

 

 

 

http://www.iowalive.net/

 

Sue Atkinson, PhD

P. O. Box 301

Baxter IA 50028

641-227-3786