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State Testing Results from 2013-14

August 26, 2014

On Tuesday, August 26 the Nebraska Department of Education published test scores from the previous school year for all school districts.

Last spring, 3rd-8th and 11th grade students participated in the Nebraska State Accountability Test (NeSA).  The statewide reading test (NeSA-R), and math test (NeSA-M) were given in grades 3-8, 11. NeSA-S (science) was taken by grades 5, 8, and 11. Statewide writing (NeSA-W) was taken by students in grades 4, 8, 11.

Parents will receive their child's "Individual Student Report," which will be sent home with students on August 29. More detailed information regarding public schools in Nebraska will be available in the State of Schools Report, which is scheduled to be released to the public by NDE on October 22.

The best source of information for any individual child regarding the academic performance is the classroom teacher. Our continual school improvement plan is dependent upon teacher-led and/or teacher involved processes. District staff will be reviewing NeSA data during School Improvement Process activities. 

Regarding the NeSA scores in our district, our average scale score at each building was comparable to, or above the state average in nearly all categories. The vast majority of our students meet or exceed the state proficiency expectations. NeSA Reading performance continues to be very good. NeSA Writing scores from last spring were not utilized by the state due to problems with test administration. In Math, the percentage of students proficient improved significantly from 2013 in grades 4, 5, 7, and 11, but decreased in grades 6 and 8. The math average scale score increased in six out of seven categories from 2013 to 2014. Science results for grade five were below state averages in 2014, while grades 8 and 11 were above the state average scale scores with 88% of students  proficient in grade 8 and 85% of students proficient in grade 11.

Click here to view a summary of the 2014 NeSA test results.

Each school year, our teachers dig into the data as part of our school improvement process and professional development work. Our faculty and administrators have developed and implemented plans. Our focus on language arts for the past few years is definitely making a difference. In the area of math, we have examined our curriculum alignment to state standards, identified possible gaps or areas of overlap in the curriculum, we have examined when math content is taught in relation to when it is tested, and we continue to make adjustments based on the information. We have added math courses at WMS and WHS, and our secondary math teachers continue to collaborate and identify best instructional practices to use in the classroom. New K-5 math curriculum resources are being implemented in 2014-15 and new 6-12 math curriculum resources will be implemented in 2015-16.

Although NeSA information is important, it is not our primary focus, nor will we draw conclusions from just the NeSA data. Standardized test results provide another effective tool to improve instruction for every child but no single test score can tell the full story about the performance of an individual student or a school building or a district. Please keep in mind that one test cannot reflect all of the learning that takes place. Our "Commitment to Excellence" strives to provide the best possible educational opportunities for all students. We are pleased with the NeSA results, but we are not satisfied. We will focus on the positive results and continue to improve. 

Go to NDE website for detailed results regarding NeSA testing information for all school buildings and school districts in Nebraska.

No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP):

Accountability Information:

Parent Guide

Parent Choice and Supplemental Education Services: District Data and School List

School Accountability

Letter to Waverly Intermediate School Parents regarding Federal Accountability and Adequate Yearly Progress, Feb. 17, 2015

Letter to Waverly Intermediate School Parents regarding Federal Accountability and Adequate Yearly Progress, Nov. 25, 2014

Letter from Nebraska Commissioner of Education regarding Federal Accountability and Adequate Yearly Progress

School Choice Information:

School Choice - Click to view federal guidance document.

Supplemental Education Services (SES)

2014-2015 NDE Approved Supplemental Education Service Providers

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