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Give me just one generation of youth, and I'll transform the whole world.”-Vladimir Lenin

 

Education Bureaucrats Fake Academic Achievement Results

By Carole Hornsby Haynes August 18, 2017

Last year I wrote an article about how the education bureaucrats are shielding the truth from the American parents: children in government schools are skidding downhill in academic achievement. The national math scores of fourth and eight graders have dropped for the first time since the National Assessment of Educational Progress was administered in the early 1990s. Senior math scores declined also.

Yet the Texas Education Agency lied about it – even boasting on its website that the fourth and eighth grade students taking the 2015 NAEP in math scored higher than the national average.

The TEA has not disclosed the fact that when we compare the 2015 NAEP eighth grade math scores with the 2011 scores, Texas has actually dropped more than any other state!  

The collapse in eighth grade math in Texas is the MOST DRAMATIC in the nation!

A few days ago the Dallas Morning News published a commentary about how 90 percent of parents believe their children are performing at or above grade level in math and reading when, in fact, only one-third of American students are performing at grade level.  Bill Ames provides an excellent account about why and how that is happening.

Here is his article, reprinted with permission.

 

 WHY THE RICHARDSON ISD COMMUNITY HAS AN INFLATED VIEW OF STUDENT ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE

by Bill Ames August 16, 2017 Published at Education Views

A recent editorial in the Dallas Morning News described an April, 2017 document that revealed a “sobering disconnect between perception and reality in (public school) academic achievement”.

District of Columbia-based Learning Heroes surveyed 1,374 parents of public school children in kindergarten through eighth grade.

The report, “Parents 2016: Hearts and Minds of Public School Parents in an Uncertain World”, revealed that ninety percent of parents believed that their children were performing at or above grade level in reading and math.

The survey results were overly optimistic.  The 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress found that just over one third of students performed above grade level.

Bibb Hubbard, Learning Heroes founder, called the results “a heartbreaking wake-up call”.

Why do parents have such an inflated view of student performance?

As a resident of Dallas-area Richardson ISD, I find the answer to be simple.

The school district publishes only the good news.  Bad news is not allowed to leak through to the community.  Borderline performance is twisted or revised to look good.  So regardless of what is actually happening academically, parents are spoon-fed a serendipity view of district performance.

A couple of examples.

On May 1, 2017, Richardson ISD staff presented STAAR test results for 5th and 8th grade reading and math.  It was an enthusiastic, upbeat presentation, due to RISD beating the Texas state averages.  Assistant superintendent Tabitha Branum said that she is “incredibly proud” of this performance.  Trustees gushed over the results.  Outgoing trustee Kris Oliver “thanked you guys”.  Trustee Eron Linn spoke of “crossing the goal line”…???   Outgoing board president Kim Caston thanked all for their hard work because it’s “paying off for the kiddos”.

Curious….. about the district declaring victory by “beating the Texas average”, since Richardson touts itself as being “one of the best”, superior to most other districts in a relatively low-performing state.

But if a citizen drilled down into the data, he found that the results are not cause for celebration.

42% of 5th graders do not meet math grade level expectations.

44% of 8th graders do not meet math grade level expectations.

46% of 8th graders do not meet reading grade level expectations.

52% (over half) of 5th graders do not meet reading grade level expectations.  The result of this number is stunning.  Nearly 1500 5th graders, spread across RISD’s 40+ elementary schools, do not read to grade level expectations.

There was no discussion by the trustees (who are elected by the community to oversee district performance) that the RISD District Improvement Plan called for these students to achieve a 70% passing grade, far above the 48% attained.  There was no trustee discussion about consequences for this significant failure.

RISD has been in academic decline since it adopted the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) vision in 2010.  In a recent school board election debate, challenger Lynn Davenport called for a return to academic focus: reading, writing, math.  Incumbent Kristin Kuhne scoffed, “We teach the Whole Child”.  Unfortunately, whole child education focuses on social and emotional learning and behavior modification.  Academics take a back seat.

Parents and community members will not learn about RISD academic deficiencies in the district’s School Times electronic newsletter.  Only the good stuff.

What to do with these 1500 kids who don’t read well?   A district legislative priority is to “Oppose any legislation/program* that diverts public tax dollars away from public schools. (*vouchers, education savings plans, tax credits, tuition reimbursements, etc.)”

This says the district wants to keep these students trapped in schools that seem incapable of teaching them to read well, even sending its taxpayer-funded lobbyist to Austin to oppose a funded education alternative for student victims and their families.

Trapping the kids is a severe problem.  Life is unforgiving for children who can’t read well.  80% of high school dropouts are struggling readers.  85% of teenagers in the juvenile justice system are functionally illiterate.   Dropouts make up 90% of welfare recipients and 75% of food stamp recipients.  Richardson ISD is creating its own dreaded school to prison and poverty pipeline…..due to deficient reading programs.

Here is another example of RISD whitewashing its performance.  In April 2016, the U. S. News and World Report published its “Best High Schools” list.  The marquee at Richardson high school immediately boasted, “RHS named in 2016 Best High School ranking by U. S. News & World Report and The Washington Post”.

Drilling down into the data, however, the reader determined that RHS was in fact ranked #96 in Texas and #747 nationally.

Enough said.  These examples make it abundantly clear that parents (and the taxpaying community) are being fed a distorted view of public school students’ academic performance.

Ames’ book, “TEXAS TROUNCES THE  LEFT’S WAR ON HISTORY”  (WNAenterprises.com) tells the story of his experience in developing Texas’ U. S. history standard in 2009-2010. He welcomes reader comments at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Why Facebook Makes You Sad and Zuckerberg Glad

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. July 31, 2017 Published by World Net Daily

Thousands of studies have reported that most humans thrive when they have positive relationships with other humans. However, these studies have been done with face-to-face social relationships. Now an important study about online relationships has been reported in the Harvard Business Review, “Association of Facebook Use With Compromised Well-Being: A Longitudinal Study.” The study finds the use of Facebook is negatively associated with overall well-being, especially in mental health.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong With A Federal Apprenticeship Program?

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. July 19, 2017 Published by Daily Caller

Promising that apprenticeships are going to be a “major factor in our country,” President Trump is leading the charge to reform the failed federally funded job-training and workforce development programs.

The recently passed H.R. 2353 reduces the role of the federal government in workforce programs. Education and the Workforce Committee ChairmanVirginia Foxx, in her FoxNews commentary, wrote that educational institutions, private companies, and community leaders must work together to create apprenticeship programs without the federal government dictating implementation.

House Ed Committee Studies How Feds Can Avoid Being A Burden-- Really?

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. July 18, 2017

Maybe the message is getting through to Republican conservatives on Capitol Hill that government pre-K programs are a failure – no matter how much liberals lie about how government early childhood programs close the gap for poor children.

How Texas Could Give Teachers A Big Raise Without Costing Taxpayers Anything  

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.   July 14, 2017     Published by Dallas Morning News

On July 18th the Texas Legislature convenes for a special session to address 20 items, one of which is a $1000 pay raise for teachers.

Education spending represents a major chunk of each state’s budget, bloated with the usual unnecessary layers of government bureaucracy.  In a 2012 Congressional testimony Neal McClusky with the CATO Institute stated, “Our public schools have been on a decades-long hiring binge with ultimately no gains to show for it.”  

Government Schools Track Kids ‘Mental Health’

by Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. July 14, 2017

Government schools are conducting psychological and mental evaluations of children without parental consent or knowledge. Blame the unconstitutional Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that was passed under the Obama administration with Republican support.

Big Tech, Big Government to Create National Student Database?
By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.   July 7, 2017   Daily Caller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have national healthcare and national curriculum standards.  If our Republican-led Congress has its way, we will soon have another unconstitutional national program – a federal student database.

For years those who want to establish social control have advocated for a centralized government database to track and link student data across agencies.  

Texas STAAR Is A National Star!

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.  July 5, 2017    Education Views

The Texas required standardized tests -- STAAR -- are vilified by parents and teachers alike who complain teachers are forced to teach to the test, using 25 percent -- 46 days -- of precious classroom time. But there is more to the story than that.

Workforce Reform to Make Marxist Universities Obsolete?
By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.      June 23, 2017  Originally published at World Net Daily

“We want to make sure that we have the workforce development programs we need to ensure these jobs are being filled by American workers.” – President Donald J. Trump

President Trump is leading the charge to reform the federally funded job-training and workforce development programs to prepare Americans for the millions of available jobs.  As with most central government projects, these programs have not been effective, wasting billions of taxpayer dollars and leaving many Americans struggling to find full-time employment.

That is changing with the new legislature being passed in D.C., designed to promote apprenticeships and effective workforce development programs.

U.S. Schools Cave to Sharia Law
By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.   June 18, 2017   

American schools continue to cave to Sharia demands by Muslim students.

Recently high schools in the state of New York were pressured by Muslim students to give preferential treatment for their observance of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Accommodations included prayer rooms, special diets, and time away from school.  

Senate Bill Legalizes Expansion of Data Mining
By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.  June 14, 2017   Education Views

While the national focus is on data mining at the K-12 grade levels, bureaucrats and technocrats are filing legislation to legalize the expansion of federal data collection on ALL U.S. citizens. If they pass Senate bill, S 1121, the College Transparency Act, the federal government can monitor, track, and pigeon hole Americans from cradle to grave. The bipartisan bill is sponsored by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

Why Johnny Can’t Read -- Blame Government Schools

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. June 10, 2017 Revised

Original published by World Net Daily June 10, 2017

Despite billions of dollars being dumped into government schools, nearly 50 percent of Americans can barely read while some cannot read at all.

According to the Department of Justice, “The link between academic failure and delinquency, violence, and crime is welded to reading failure.” The statistics back up this claim: 85 percent of all juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate, and over 60 percent of inmates in America’s prisons cannot read above a fourth grade level. Two-thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of the fourth grade will end up in jail or on welfare.

Anti-Sharia March Rallies on June 10 Alert Public to Islam Atrocities of Female Genital Mutilation, ‘Honor’ Violence
Anti-Sharia March: Women are Sexual Property of their Husbands
By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.      June 7, 2017   Published by Texas Insider

On June 10, “March Against Sharia -- March For Human Rights” rallies will take place across the nation including the Texas cities of Austin, Dallas, Houston, and Richardson (site of the Holy Land Foundation terror-financing trial in 2008). 

ACT For America is organizing the rallies to bring public awareness to the atrocities of Islam including female genital mutilation, honor violence and the blasphemy and apostasy laws.

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