2010-2011 State of the Schools Report
  A Report on Nebraska Public Schools  

Welcome to the 2010-2011 State of the Schools Report.

The State of the Schools Report, an annual report, provides information and data about Nebraska public schools and student performance.

The report highlights the performance of students by district and school building in reading, mathematics, writing and science as well as the performance by groups of students, including race and ethnicity, poverty, special education and English Language Learners.

This year, the report includes a Cohort Four-Year Graduation Rate for Nebraska and the state's high schools. This new method of calculating high school graduation rates was required by the federal government and showed 85 percent of Nebraska's 2010-11 high school seniors graduated from high school. This rate looks only at students who have graduated in four years or less.

The State of the Schools Report will help you, parents across the state, community leaders and policymakers learn about the state's education system and provide the data needed for sound decision-making by education leaders.

Data can and should be an effective tool to improve student learning at all levels. The goal is to better ensure that all Nebraska students are college and career ready when they graduate from high school.

We encourage educators to study their data, to look for differences or gaps in the performance of groups of students and to identify instructional strategies to help all students perform at higher levels.

The new State of the Schools Report shows:

  • More students are meeting the state's reading standards. The new report shows that 72 percent of the students tested in grades 3-8 and 11 were proficient in 2010-11, compared to 69 percent in 2009-10.
  • 63 percent of the students tested in grades 3-8 and 11 were proficient on the state mathematics test, which was given to students for the first time in 2010-11.
  • New writing and science student performance results are also available. In writing, 89 percent of the 4th graders were proficient and 90 percent of the 8th graders met or exceeded the state standards. Science results ranged from 96 percent proficient at grade 4 to 87 percent proficient at grade 11.

Please take some time to study the report to learn how the schools and students in your community are performing and talk to your local school officials about the results and the needs of students. We encourage parents to talk to their child's teacher, who is most knowledgeable about the performance of individual students.

Thank you,

Roger Breed       Scott Swisher
Commissioner of Education       Deputy Commissioner of Education

State Board of Education
Jim Scheer, President
Robert Evnen, Vice President
Lynn Cronk
Molly O'Holleran
Mark Quandahl
John Sieler
Patricia Timm
Rebecca Valdez
Last Updated 5/31/2012
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