13 IA SCHOOL LEGISLATION BILLS EVALUATED AND SCORED

2-27-17

Greetings, Legislature Education Committees, Leadership and All—

The following table contains 13 proposed school legislation bills.  As usual, legislators did not state how much they expect student achievement to improve or at what net cost. 

Once again, as usual, volunteer Iowalive net workers, especially including superior educator, Dr. Sue Atkinson, Baxter, Iowa, stepped up to fill the void, at no cost to anyone.   And also as usual, the 10 named superintendents asked to step up and help fix schools, resist, as in Sodom and Gomorrah—where 10 could not be found worthy.

10 IA SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS NAMED & ASKED TO STEP UP

And finally as usual, you can expect the evil ISEA teacher’s union to fight the proposed legislation that helps kids, parents and taxpayers. 

THE UGLY IMPACTS ON IOWANS—ISEA TEACHER UNION—IA. PUBLIC ENEMY # 1

13 PROPOSED SCHOOL LEGISLATION BILLS WILL ACTUALLY IMPROVE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT BY 49%, AND/OR REDUCE COSTS!!

BILLS WILL HELP BUT MUCH MORE IS NEEDED TO CONTROL SPECIAL EDUCATION COSTS AND ABUSES--http://www.iowalive.net/specialedcost.htm

THE PROPOSED BILLS ARE AN IMPROVEMENT BUT LAWS ELIMINATING SPECIAL EDUCATION,  AEA'S, PREVIOUS TEACHER TRAINING LAWS AND FUNDING ARE NEEDED.  Source:  Legislature, Iowalive  2-27-17

PROPOSED ‘SCHOOL’ LEGISLATION

% INCREASE IN STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT IN 5 YEARS

% NET CHANGE IN COST IN 5 YEARS

% PROBABILITY LAW WILL BE ENACTED

*INTEGRITY INDEX SCORE

COMMENTS

https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ga=87&ba=SF 29 

4%

-2%

0%

15

The education savings grant allows parents to enroll their children in online education programs, so this would be good as long as they meet the higher national standards Iowa fails to presently meet, AND they are not taught by Iowa teachers because their poor training fails to prepare them to effectively teach at this level.  *The IA Department of Education adopted the lowest Student  Proficiency Standard in the Midwest!--and won't raise it!

Establishes an education savings grant AND eliminates the Department of Education

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ga=87&ba=SF 41

2%

-4%

90%

370

Tenured profs have failed to upgrade the education theories used by Iowa educators, so there needs to be a way to eliminate those responsible for this

Prohibits the establishment or continuation of prof  tenure

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ga=87&ba=SF 30

2%

0%

30%

6

Iowa Testing Services has admitted they lack the ability to design assessments that will use a student's learning style to probe for knowledge of concepts and ability to apply them -- and will not be able to do this for years.  Learning to create such assessments would move along the transition in Iowa because it would improve the teacher training programs, but in the interim, outside assessments are necessary for improved decisions in the schools for the improvements they must be making now.

The task force shall recommend a statewide assessment that is 20 aligned to the Iowa common core standards and is , at a minimum, 21 valid, reliable, tested, and piloted in Iowa. In addition, 22 in developing recommendations, the task force shall consider 23 the costs to school districts and the state in providing and 24 administering such an assessment and the technical support 25 necessary to implement the assessment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ga=87&ba=SF 128

6%

0%

85%

300

Teacher licensing requirements must meet the national standards to force the necessary improvements to the teacher training programs.

Requirements for teacher licensing

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ga=87&ba=SF 137

1%

0%

15%

15

Iowa cannot presently meet the national standards for the Common Core, so first focus on this and then work to improve it.  Iowa presently lacks the ability to surpass the Common Core.

The rules establishing a core curriculum shall address 3 the core content standards in subsection 28 and the skills and 4 knowledge students need to be successful in the twenty-first 5 century and shall address the curricular needs of students 6 in kindergarten through grade twelve in those areas .

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ga=87&ba=SF 240

4%

0%

20%

70

Start with the SmarterBalance so the new assessments can begin this fall (already a year behind schedule) in order to improve the decision making of schools to improve up to national standards.  Waiting yet another year will put Iowa behind an increasing number of states.  Proposals for other similar programs can be considered while the first year of SmarterBalance is implemented.  The Iowa Assessments are hopelessly out of date.

The department of education shall issue a request 6 for proposals for the selection of a statewide assessment 7 of student progress to be administered in the school year 8 beginning July 1, 2018, and each succeeding school year. 9 The assessment shall measure individual student growth and 10 be aligned to the Iowa core academic standards for grades 11 three through eight and at least one high school grade. The 12 assessment shall be capable of measuring student performance 13 in English language arts, including reading and writing; 14 mathematics; and science. The assessment shall be available in 15 both paper-and-pencil and computer-based formats. Proposals 16 incapable of assessing performance in English language arts, 17 including reading and writing, mathematics, and science 18 shall not be considered. Potential vendors or providers may 19 collaborate to meet the requirements of this subsection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ga=87&ba=SF 248

9%

1%

90%

350

Expand this immediately.  Use national standards.  Do not require Iowa teachers because they are not trained to national standards.

Online learning that is badly needed

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ga=87&ba=HF 8

7%

1%

90%

300

If these use what other states have already shown to be successful, then piloting them for comparison to what Iowa teachers are presently trained to do would be good.

Teacher quality 1 demonstration pilot projects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ga=87&ba=HF 139

4%

0%

90%

300

Stop using Iowa assessments because they are not aligned to the Common Core and lack the ability to incorporate student learning style, a necessary component for accuracy of test results.

Annually, the department shall report state data 3 for each indicator in the condition of education report. 4 Rules adopted pursuant to this subsection shall specify that 5 the approved district-wide assessment of student progress 6 administered for purposes of the core academic indicators shall 7 be the assessment utilized by school districts statewide in the 8 school year beginning July 1, 2011 Iowa assessments developed 9 by the Iowa testing programs , or a successor assessment 10 administered by the same assessment provider Iowa testing 11 programs .

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ga=87&ba=HF 179

0%

1%

1%

3

Unless the summer reading programs begin doing effective remediation, which Iowa teachers are not presently trained to do, then these are pointless.

An Act authorizing the school budget review committee to grant 1 supplemental aid or establish a modified supplemental amount 2 for a school district’s cost to provide summer reading 3 programs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ga=87&ba=HF 271

2%

0%

90%

150

For this to be worthwhile, the Iowa Assessments cannot be used because they fail to provide proper feedback to schools to see where they are in regard to national standards (which Iowa presently lacks the ability to meet).

This bill strikes a requirement that the state board’s rules 13 provide that for the school year beginning July 1, 2017, and 14 each succeeding school year, all students enrolled in school 15 districts in grades 3 through 11 shall be administered an 16 assessment during the last quarter of the school year that 17 assesses student progress on the core academic indicators. The 18 requirement also provides that the assessment used after July 19 1, 2017, at a minimum must be aligned with the Iowa common 20 core standards in both content and rigor; accurately describe 21 student achievement and growth for purposes of the school, the 22 school district, and state accountability systems; and provide 23 valid, reliable, and fair measures of student progress toward 24 college or career readiness. 25 The bill also strikes a Code provision that requires the 26 director of the department of education to establish an 27 assessment task force to review and make recommendations 28 for a statewide assessment of student progress on the core 29 academic indicators. The Iowa assessment task force submitted 30 its findings and recommendations in a report to the general 31 assembly on December 31, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ga=87&ba=HF 315

8%

0%

40%

330

For Iowa to continue to fail to meet at least national standards puts an increasing number of Iowa students behind not only national skill sets but also international skill sets, which will not bode well for them in global competition.  This bill will doom Iowa.

The state board shall terminate all plans, 5 programs, activities, efforts, and expenditures relating 6 to implementation of the educational initiative commonly 7 referred to as the common core standards, or any derivative 8 or permutation of that educational initiative including but 9 not limited to the Iowa common core standards that have been 10 enacted, adopted, or implemented by the general assembly, the 11 state board, or the department, including but not limited to 12 any assessments, data collection, and instructions based on 13 or involving that educational initiative. To further protect 14 state and local control of public education, the state board 15 and the department are prohibited from adopting, aligning to, 16 or implementing, any other national or multistate consortium 17 standards from any source requiring the use of any assessments 18 aligned with any other national or multistate consortium 19 standards from any source, and, subject to section 256.7, 20 subsection 21, paragraph “b” , subparagraph (1), the state board 21 and the department shall do all of the following:

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ga=87&ba=HF 381

0%

2%

20%

2

If Iowa schools had the ability to effectively teach concepts to national standards for each grade level, there would be almost no at-risk students.  Support systems, such as food, internet access, and counselling are necessary, but otherwise they have normal capacity to learn.

Current law authorizes the board of directors of a school 28 district to request a modified supplemental amount for costs 29 in excess of the funding received under at-risk supplementary 30 weighting for approved programs for at-risk students, secondary 31 students who attend alternative programs and alternative 32 schools, or returning dropouts and dropout prevention. 33 Requests for such modified supplemental amounts must be 34 approved by the department of education.

TOTAL

49%

-1%

NA

NA

NA

Integrity  is adherence to ethics and morals principles. 

Integrity Index Score Derivation Methods are Posted on website:     http://www.iowalive.net/integrityderivation.htm on a scale of 0 to 1,000 tops, where significant integrity starts at 300, evil is at 250 and below.  Grand larceny scores 40.

 

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

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