Nebraska schools are moving to statewide assessment tests of their students, a change from schools being allowed to develop their own testing. Senator Greg Adams of York, chair of the legislature’s Education Committee, says despite some initial resistance, the testing is the right thing to do.
Adams says, “We have had an overwhelming response from teachers and school districts that it worked.” He says there are still nay-sayers as well, but there have been many more positive reviews than negative. Adams says the test results only tell us what happened last year.
“The statewide reading for the statewide math that’ll come out this year is a snapshot,” Adams says. “Some say it’s all there for comparison. It can be used for comparison, there’s no question about that, but we have a common way of measuring between school districts how we’re doing.”
Thanks to Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton