BEATRICE – Public schools in Nebraska are receiving the latest testing scores under a new assessment process based on the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. The law replaced the No Child Left Behind Act……and Beatrice Public Schools Curriculum Director Jackie Nielsen says the guiding principal now, is making sure that all students are college and career-ready.
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English and Language Arts and math skills are initially judged under the new standards, with Science skills becoming part of the process in 2020 and 2021.
Students are tested in English and Language Arts and in Math….at grades three through eight…Science testing in grades five and eight…with ACT testing in Language, Reading, Math and Science, in grade eleven.
Nielsen says under the new assessment process, scores are much lower in English and Language Arts, and that’s showing up in all school districts.
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Nielsen says under the new test results, the state average in English and Language Arts is about 50% for grades three through five…about 47% proficient for grades six and seven…and about 51% for eighth grade.
Nielsen says her message to parents is, the Beatrice Public School District is committed to providing a quality education and making sure that all students grow and succeed.
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Nielsen cautions that the latest data constitutes only one assessment under a new federal education law, and that other data are used to also measure the progress of students.
Beatrice School Superintendent Pat Nauroth says parents may think their child has lost ground, because of the new set of testing scores.
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Nielsen says she is confident in the job being done by the teaching staff in District 15. Nauroth says there are always areas in which a school district can do a better job.
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The State of Nebraska has submitted a proposed plan to the federal government under the “Every Student Succeeds Act”, which replaced the “No Child Left Behind” initiative. The new law…for the first time…requires that all students in America be taught to high academic standards that will prepare them to succeed in college, or careers.