|Nebraska school districts demonstrate improvement, growth in state accountability rankings|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Wednesday, 02 October 2013 18:48|
The Nebraska State of the Schools Report released today show that, overall, all student groups have made gradual, consistent progress in reading and mathematics under the state testing system.
A report on Nebraska public schools and student performance unveiled today showed most school districts demonstrated improvement and growth under a state accountability system.
The State of the Schools Report provides detailed information about Nebraska public schools, including new federal accountability data and performance disaggregated by student groups.
Overall, the Nebraska Performance Accountability System (NePAS) showed that the overwhelming majority of the school districts demonstrated both improvement and growth in reading. While the number of districts showing improvement and growth in mathematics dropped slightly from the previous year, most districts showed improvement and growth.
Under NePAS, public school districts are ranked by Status, Improvement and Growth. In Status, districts were ranked by average scale scores in reading, mathematics, science and writing at the 4th grade this year; Improvement ranks districts by the differences in the average reading and math scale scores of students last year to students this year in the same grade; and, Growth ranks districts by the differences in average reading and math scale scores of the same students this year to last year.
State test results in reading, writing, mathematics and science were released to the public earlier but are available in the report by school building and district. Student performance disaggregated by race and ethnicity, special education, English Language Learners and poverty are included in the report. The results showed overall gradual and incremental improvement in reading and mathematics for student groups since the state tests were put in place. The charts highlight three years of results for student groups.