SCHOOL OFFICIALS WHINE FOR MORE MONEY FOR DUMBED TEST STANDARDS

4-19-16

Greetings 10 Named, Funding Whining School Officials and all:

The 10 named school officials are listed in the table below, along with their organization’s performance scores.  The officials wrote a whining, 540 word guest column in Sunday’s 4-17-16 Gazette.  It was all about “high-quality funding” but they didn’t say what that meant.  So it was all about whining for more school money for nothing in return, just as for the wasted $660 million school funding increase in the past 6 years, reported on this website.   

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

And for the $23 billion spent on flat ACT scores as reported on this website: 

IA K12 SCHOOLS SPENT $23 BILLION FOR FLAT ACT SCORES

Please read on to learn about dumbed, SmarterBalanced tests and lowered Iowa Student Proficiency standards. 

It is obvious why computer based teaching of concepts, tailored to student learning styles, must bypass Iowa’s wasteful public schools.                                                                                                                                         

Iowa is falling behind at least 25 states in student proficiencies and proficiency standards, and the number is growing.  And you and other inept Iowa school officials are all the time whining there is not enough money to throw at the problem (the standard “non-solution” of the past)!  Here’s why:

1.    Iowa education lobbies had tunnel vision that their system of memorization, falsely propped up by scapegoating defenseless children as the ones at fault, was OK.  The lobbies constantly dumbed assessment tests, while claiming it was as good as it could get--and tweaking it was all that was needed.  While in fact it needed a complete change  to a system of teaching concepts and their applications, matched to student learning styles—such as the rest of the world uses to out-educate us;

2.    Iowa education lobbies falsely believed the system of independent school districts had the ability to make the necessary changes for improvement – completely failing to understand that all of the factors involved in an education system had to be changed from one of memorization to one of applied concepts and learning styles;

3.    The Iowa Department of Education has shown no recognition of the need for it to take on a leadership role for this transition!  It neglected first establishing grade level standards, implementing teacher licensing exams commensurate with the effective teaching of concepts at grade level for all disciplines and all grade levels, including effective assessment exams to monitor progress!  They instead chose a shotgun approach that has wasted money on a variety of actions and changes that fail to coordinate with the reality of the present-day demands for educational improvement;

4.    While testing has started to change to assessment of concepts and their application (with SmarterBalance exams to begin in the fall), the standards remain below grade level (while 25 or more states working toward grade level pass Iowa by);

5.    The change to SmarterBalanced exams is a step in the right direction because they will at least test for ability to apply concepts.  Meanwhile, Iowa Assessments admits they are years away from designing such tests, but the problem remains with standards.  Any claims by Iowa educators that the standards are higher on Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) testing are misleading.

6.    MAP testing, which is separate from SmarterBalanced is being brought into play and touted as the “coordinator” between knowledge of concepts and learning styles to help teachers be more effective.  Here is the problem with MAP:  http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/midwest/pdf/REL_20134000.pdf    This link takes you to a 210-page report examining MAP assessments.  The Executive Summary says the study could not show improvement in student proficiency using MAP.  So why is Iowa using it – other than, it’s Iowa?  HUH?

SCHOOLS WHINE FOR MORE MONEY FOR DUMBED TEST STANDARDS

NATIONAL PERCENTILE RANK (NPR)

IOWA'S STUDENT PROFICIENCY STANDARDS HAVE BEEN DUMBED AGAIN!!  Source:  Iowalive 4-14-16

OLD IOWA ASSESSMENTS HAVE HIGHER TEST STANDARDS THEN NEW SMARTER BALANCED.  

TEST METHODS

AVG. NPR STANDARD STUDENT PROFICIENCY TESTING LEVELS

MATH

READING

SCIENCE

IOWA ASSESSMENTS

41

41

41

SMARTER BALANCED

39

39

40

ANYONE CLAIMING TO HAVE BETTER NUMBERS IS ASKED TO PROVIDE THEM

 

NAMED GUEST COLUMN WRITERS BELOW FAILED TO SHOW ANY GAINS FOR $660 MILLION INCREASED SCHOOL FUNDING

ORGANIZATIONS REPRESENTED BY COLUMN WRITERS WASTE OVER HALF THEIR BUDGETS

SCHOOL SALARY INCREASES ETC. EXCEEDED $660 MILLION—NOTHING SPENT FOR HIGHER STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT  

SO SCHOOLS ARE MAKING CUTS AND FALSELY BLAMING THE LEGISLATURE FOR SCHOOL MISMANAGEMENT

THESE WHINING, COLUMN WRITING, SCHOOL OFFICIALS WANT "HIGH QUALITY FUNDING" FOR  POORLY PERFORMING SCHOOL ORGANIZATIONS, WASTING MORE THAN HALF THEIR BUDGETS!!  AND THE GOOFY GAZETTE AGREES WITH THEM.                            Source:  Iowalive 4-19-16

NAME

SCHOOL ORGANIZATION REPRESENTED

2014-2015 State Reading Rank

Average Year-ro-date 4-16-16

 Operating Efficiency

*Integrity Index Score

Tim Isenberg

Linn-Mar Community School District board president

27

38%

290

Quintin Shepherd

Linn-Mar Community School District superintendent

David Law

Marion Independent School District board president

115

42%

290

Chris Dyer

Marion Independent School District superintendent

Randy Bauer

College Community School District board president

153

36%

180

John Speer

College Community School District superintendent

John Laverty

Cedar Rapids Community School District board president

219

34%

150

Bradley Buck

Cedar Rapids Community School District superintendent

Jim Green

Grant Wood AEA board president

129 School Avg.

38%

190

Joe Crozier

Grant Wood AEA chief administrator

AVERAGE

129

14%

220

State Reading Ranks are Posted on Website  http://www.iowalive.net/2014-2015readingrank.htm

 Operating Efficiency Derivation Methods are Described on:  http://www.iowalive.net/deriveopeff.htm   

Integrity is Adherence to Moral and Ethics Principles.  The Antonym of Integrity is Evil

Integrity Index Score Derivation Methods are Posted on Website: http://www.iowalive.net/integrityderivation.htm

*Average 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.

The Correlation Coefficient for Operating Efficiency and Integrity is a Strong and Positive .71.  This shows higher integrity equates to higher operating efficiency.  Honest people despise waste!

Anyone Claiming to Have Better Numbers is Asked to Provide Them, Along With Derivation Methods Used.

Nowhere in the whining column did these key, measurable, noun words appear.  

Expectations, Results, Better, Rank, Improved, Student Achievement, Test Scores, Performance, Efficiency. 

The whiners are wallowing in the school hobby and dislike measurable nouns and all effective performance measures.  It’s all about ‘more money’, for nothing in return!   

Academic child abuse runs rampant. 

IS THIS HEAVEN?  NO!!  IT’S IOWA!!

Sincerely,

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