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NDE Releases Nebraska State Assessment Results

October 2016 Article in the NP Telegraph

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It’s that time of year; Nebraska Department of Education releases Nebraska State Assessment (NeSA) results.  One may ask, what is so important about this information? It is an opportunity for the NE Commissioner of Education and superintendents across the state to determine what’s working and what needs to be improved regarding student learning.  For the State, nearly three of every four Nebraska public school students met state standards in 2016 in math, science, and reading. In the North Platte Public School District, nearly three of every four students met state standards in math, science, and reading.

Reading proficiency has increased across the state which is good news as strong reading skills contribute to success in all academic areas. For the State, nearly eight of every ten Nebraska public school students met state standards in 2016 in reading. North Platte School District improved in reading scores in six out seven grade levels, all elementary grades improved and are above the state average.  Secondary reading scores improved in grades six, seven, and eleven but are below the state average. As an entire North Platte Public School District, nearly eight of every ten students met state standards in reading.

Seven of every 10 Nebraska students are proficient in math and science.  North Platte Public School District mirrors state results with seven out of every ten students proficient in math and science.   North Platte elementary schools continue to perform well in math and science with seven of nine elementary schools scoring above the state average. The secondary grade levels are below the state average and have been targeted by the district as an area to improve.

The first step to becoming a great school district is focusing on what matters most.  This starts with our students.  Analyzing the multiple data indicators to determine what’s working and what needs to be improved.  The district uses the NeSA data as one academic indicator to determine school improvement goals.  Graduations rate, attendance, behavior, participation in school activities, student, staff, and community survey information are other indicators used to improve the quality of educational opportunities for all North Platte students. 

Starting this year, 2016-2017 all Nebraska high school juniors will take the ACT test as a college and career assessment test.  North Platte School District is redefining what it means to be college and career ready.  It is much more than an ACT score. The district will be considering grade point average, success in dual credit college courses, Advanced Placement courses, algebra II success, and a college readiness placement tests such as the ACT, SAT, Accuplacer, Compass as indicators for college readiness.  Other factors that will be considered:  earning As, Bs, Cs; completion of FAFSA application, enrollment in a career pathway course sequence, senior high math class completion and the completion of a math class after Algebra II.

North Platte Public School is exploring career ready indicators which will include students who have identified a career interest and have met two other benchmark indicators such as attendance, community service, workplace learning experience, industry credential, dual credit career pathway courses, and two or more organized co-curricular activities.  Students entering the military upon graduation must meet the passing scores on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude (ASVAB) for each branch of the military.

The district will continue to work to accomplish its purpose to prepare students to be productive, responsible citizens in a safe, caring, supportive learning environment. Being prepared means students leave high school with the knowledge and skills, grit and perseverance to accomplish their desired goals.  Students who are prepared will have the growth mindset that empowers them to approach their future with confidence, to dream big, and to achieve big.  The district will continuously monitor student progress as it aligns its purpose.

“The starting point of all achievement is desire.”Napoleon Hill