Lincoln Public Schools continues looking at a well-rounded plan for educating children – with excellence in classroom instruction, quality teachers who focus on that great instruction and take time to work with all students, strong school and district leadership, fine curriculum, professional development and continuous improvement – and the result is continued strength in achievement based on release Friday of the 2015-16 Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) scores, the piece of the achievement picture based on state standards.
“We are really proud that we have so many areas that have the best scores we have ever seen, and that is the result of amazing work happening every day in classrooms across our school district,” said Jane Stavem, associate superintendent for Instruction at LPS. “We’re seeing some of the highest NeSA proficiency scores we’ve ever had – especially in reading and math – in the history of our school district. There’s a lot to celebrate here…and, of course, always more work to be done.”
She emphasized that these kinds of solid scores do not happen by “magic,” but instead – “by doing the hard work to make sure we are accomplishing the right things that focus on instruction.”
There are a total of 17 tests administered to LPS students grades 3-11 through NeSA, and of those: 14 overall scores either went up or stayed the same; and 11 were all-time highs, or tied for all-time highs from the last seven years.
Summary of subject area highlights (Scores based on assessments administered in Nebraska public schools last spring to all students in grades 3 through 8, and grade 11. This is the seventh year Nebraska students have taken the NeSA reading exam, the sixth year they have take math, and the fifth year for science.)
Reading grades 3-6
Reading grades 7, 8 and 11
Following inquiries from some school districts, the Nebraska Department of Education is confirming the accuracy of calculations of NeSA writing data and did not release writing scores Friday. The writing test will no longer be administered next year as part of NeSA – instead, writing will be embedded in the other tests. “Preparations are already underway for the changes coming next year in writing assessments,” Stavem said.
Published: September 16, 2016, Updated: September 16, 2016