In Nebraska, all of our students are important.
Each and every one of them matters.
Our teachers and schools work hard
for all of our students. We want each and every one of them to achieve at the
highest possible levels.
Student achievement is the focus of
our fifth-annual State Report Card. Specifically, we are reporting how well our
students are meeting state mathematics standards.
Student scores on mathematics
assessments show that 85 percent of our fourth graders have met or exceeded our
state standards. Seventy-seven (77) percent of our eighth graders and 75 percent
of our 11th graders also have met or exceeded our state standards.
Those scores represent a 4 percent to 7 percent improvement over the past two
This improvement is even more
significant when you consider that our schools also have improved the quality of
the assessments they use to measure learning. The results show 95 percent of our
school districts are using high-quality assessments.
This means that our schools are
holding the bar higher by using better quality assessments to measure learning
and yet our students are scoring higher. Now that’s something to
This report also includes state and
federal school accountability information. Those two accountability systems are
different even though student performance on state standards is the basis for
State school accountability includes
the performance of all students and provides a broader picture of school
performance with a focus on school improvement. Under state accountability, you
will learn how many schools received the top ratings — exemplary, very good and
good — on both student performance and the quality of their
On the other hand, federal
accountability looks at the performance of groups of students and whether those
students met target goals in reading, writing and mathematics. Federal
accountability also considers graduation rates.
This 2003-2004 State Report Card is
being distributed throughout the state in newspapers to give you and your
neighbors information about our students and our schools. Detailed information
about each school district and individual school buildings is available in the
2003-2004 State of the Schools Report, a Nebraska Department of Education web
site. (Homepage: www.nde.state.ne.us.)
We encourage you to use both reports
to engage your school community in informed conversations about ways to improve
the education of all children in your community.
Commissioner of Education
State Board of Education
Fred Meyer, President
Beverly Peterson, Vice President