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New reports show that Nebraska Schools are improving academically.
Reading scores were 69% in 2010 and jumped to 77% this year.
Associate Superintendent, Jane Stavem said, "Overall the scores are going in the right direction."
But despite their progress, the No Child Left Behind requires school districts to meet a standard.
"Over the years, the goals have gotten higher," said Education Commissioner, Scott Swisher.
What is the goal? A 100% proficiency on state tests by all student groups.
Swisher's reaction, "It is beyond reality."
The NCLB program has negative effects due to the heavy emphasis on assessment. If student groups, for instance,
special needs children and English language learners have lower scores, it will affect the entire school's districts total.
"It is sometimes demeaning for teachers to have that label applied.
You can have a school that's made great gains but still considered a failure," said Stavem.
Stavem said that the most important thing to focus on are the students and teachers.
"We have a great school system, regardless of the labels that has been applied with [NCLB]," said Stavem.