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AQUESTT Results Give District 145 "Great" Rating

Nebraska Department of Education 2015 Report Card

Nebraska’s new accountability system results were released on December 4th by the Nebraska Department of Education. All public schools and districts were classified into one of four performance areas: Excellent, Great, Good, or Needs Improvement. District 145 – Waverly was classified among the “GREAT” school districts statewide. “Great” is the rating received by WHS, WMS, and Hamlow Elementary, while both Eagle and Waverly Intermediate School are rated “Good.”

Nebraska Education Commissioner Matt Blomstedt released the results of the new accountability system that was developed by the State Board of Education and the Nebraska Department of Education to recognize and support schools and districts.

The ratings released by NDE for the state accountability system is another lens to use to view our school district. Our parents and patrons already know and expect our school system to be great, and the district classification by NDE confirms this. 

Our graduation rate is near 100% every year, and we have a great staff that focuses on the individual needs of students to help them learn and grow. The new state system — Accountability for a Quality Education System, Today and Tomorrow — focuses first on classifying schools and districts on state test scores, graduation rates, student participation rates as well as year-to-year improvement and growth. The six tenets of AQuESTT tie in with the direction we are already taking towards continuous improvement.

AQuESTT’s classifications recognized schools and districts that 1) supported student success through positive school partnerships and relationships 2) helped students successfully transition between grades, schools, programs 3) provided student access to comprehensive instructional opportunities 4) helped students prepare for college and their careers 5) used multiple assessments to measure student learning, and/or 6) supported educator effectiveness. Details of the new system are available at www.aquestt.com.

The NeSA state test scores were released earlier this fall, along with ACT scores. Data is where the conversation starts, and we will use it to identify areas of success and those in need of improvement. We use this information to make adjustments to our instruction, as well as learn more about the individual student and how we can help each child. Our students demonstrate success in many areas such as music, band, art, drama, business, technology, creativity, citizenship, leadership, and teamwork. We are fortunate to have a great team of educators and staff that partner with parents and community to carry on the tradition in District 145. 

We remain focused on engaging students as partners in their learning, and we will focus on our continuous improvement process. We believe that our "Commitment to Excellence" requires us to get better every day; taking one step, and one student, at a time. 

If you have questions about the data reported by the state, we encourage you to talk to your student’s principal.

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2015 State Report Card

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