Our students are doing better than ever before. They are achieving at higher and higher levels in reading and mathematics. Since 2000-01, the percentage of fourth, eighth and 11th graders meeting or exceeding our reading standards has increased 12 percent, up to 87 percent. Mathematics results show 85 percent of our students are proficient or better, an 11 percent increase since 2001-02.
Writing scores have also improved with 86 percent of our students scoring proficient or better, a 13 percent increase since we began measuring writing skills in 2001-02. This is important. Writing results represent the critical thinking skills of our students and their academic foundation in reading, mathematics and the social sciences. Please look at these composite scores in our State Report Card by clicking on the icon on the right side of this screen.
Success in the classroom doesn't come easy for some students. Some students come to school knowing significantly fewer words than other children. Special learning needs often require special education services. Students learning English for the first time in school and children moving in or out of school frequently also may have significant learning challenges. Despite an increase in the number of students with those challenges, our educators improved achievement. That is remarkable. It represents hard work on the part of our students and their teachers.
We encourage you to talk to your children about the importance of school and how their success today and this year will benefit them in future years. And please thank their teachers.
After you review our new State Report Card, take a tour of our State of the Schools website and look at how your school district and the students in school buildings near your home are doing. On behalf of our schools and Nebraska students, thank you for continuing to support public education.
Commissioner of Education
State Board of Education
Fred Meyer, President
Kandy Imes, Vice President
Carole Woods Harris