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District Update 8-25-10

by Bill Heimann

August 25, 2010

The 2010-11 school year has begun!!

The topics for the first news update for the new year are: NeSA-R, high school drain tile project, Congressional funding for education.

NeSA-R: Last spring all students in grades 3-8, 11 took the NeSA-R (Nebraska State Accountability Reading test). On August 25, the Department of Education will release results for last year’s state reading test to the news media and public. Parents will be receiving their child’s “Individual Student Report” on September 1. This is the only information being shared at this time, all other information is embargoed (and can’t be discussed/shared) until the October State of Schools Report (NDE) and Annual Report (District 145).  

What I can share with you is the composite scores at each building were above the state average (as we would expect). Please remember, this is only one test, and doesn’t reflect all of the learning that takes place. We will use this data as one piece of information to help us examine how students are learning, and how we can improve. As I have said before, we will focus on learning, and test results will take care of themselves. Click here to access the Nebraska Department of Education website to learn more about the NeSA-R.

High School: The Board of Education has approved a bid from Rush Creek Construction to install a drain tile system at the high school. Work will begin in the gym at the end of this week. The Board will issue bonds in September to pay for the project. Click here for details.

Congressional Funding: You may have heard that Congress has passed another federal stimulus bill (signed by the President) in August. The following is a press release from the Governor’s office:

Gov. Dave Heineman was joined by state leaders today in outlining how the state will utilize federal Education Jobs Funding passed earlier this month by Congress, noting that Governors have no choice whether to accept the money or not in a state. State officials emphasized that this funding will be considered part of a school district’s FY 2012 state aid.

“Education funding will be distributed to every state that qualifies. I have been working with Senator Greg Adams, Senator Lavon Heidemann and Commissioner Roger Breed to determine the best use of these funds and we have briefed superintendents, teachers and school board representatives on this issue,” Gov. Heineman said.

The state’s share of federal funding is expected to be made available to school districts through the state aid formula via a separate bill, which will be introduced in the 2011 legislative session. Nebraska will receive $58.9 million during the 2010-11 school year.

The 2011 legislative session is scheduled to convene January 5, 2011, which means there are many unanswered questions about how this may impact the state or local districts…Stay tuned...

Thanks for another great start to the school year!!

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