‘Dumbing down’ tests isn’t improvement
The Iowa Department of Education, using renormed test data (meaning they have been dumbed down yet again by the Iowa Testing Program), is claiming about 75 percent of Iowa third graders are proficient readers. According to NAEP reports (much harder for Iowa educators to control) for the same year, 27 percent of Iowa fourth graders are achieving at grade level.
Would there be that much difference in achievement levels between grades in the same year? The Iowa Testing Program has now admitted to renorming the tests after they were changed to begin once again testing for concepts (since NCLB required concepts be put back into the curriculum and teacher training programs after 50 years of being absent).
Iowa is the last state to make the required curriculum changes, and is presently failing to make the necessary changes to its teacher training programs (according to the National Council on Teacher Quality). Having been forced to adopt the 41st national percentile as the student proficiency standard as the starting point in 2002 (after they wanted the 25th national percentile as a beginning point to make more of the schools look better than they are), and expected to have students achieving up to grade level (65th national percentile) by 2014, Iowa has fought the accountability requirement almost the entire life of a K-12 student.
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