NeSA Scores Released, Students Improve on Math and Science Exams

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nearly three of every four Nebraska public school students met state reading, math, and science standards in 2013-2014 according to results released Tuesday by the Nebraska Department of Education.

The 2014 state test results have improved incrementally since testing began five years ago in reading. The percentage of students proficient in reading and math has improved 8 percent and 5 percent more students are now proficient in science than three years ago.

Public school students also were tested in writing with 69 percent of the 4th graders scoring proficient.

Fourth graders took their writing tests using paper and pencil.

8th and 11th graders also were tested, but those results are not available because some students in some schools experienced technical issues when taking the tests online.

Those technical issues created concern about the validity of the results.

About 157,000 students in grades three through eight as well as 11th were tested in each subject of reading and math. Students in grades 5, 8 as well as 11 were tested in science and students in grade 4 took the writing test.

Overall, 445,000 tests were given. About 94 percent of the reading, math, and science tests were taking online and 98 percent of the 8th and 11th graders took their writing tests online.

The results released for Lincoln Public Schools shows steady improvement in the district as well as above-state-average numbers in most grades and subject areas.

"These results look very positive, numbers that are improving due to a wide variety of intentional strategies and programs coming together," Associate Superintendent for Instruction Jane Stavem said.

This year LPS high school's reading scores improved.

LPS juniors equaled the state average for the first time in reading scores and all high schools showed growth in reading scores.

The percent of LPS students proficient in math exceeded the state average in all grades and the percent of students proficient in math on 2014 NeSA was at an all-time high in grade 4 and every secondary grade.