A troubling trend in math spoiled an otherwise upbeat assessment of student test scores released today by the Nebraska Department of Education.
State Education Commissioner Roger Breed reports that initial standardized test scores disclose that nearly 72% of Nebraska students met or exceeded state reading goals and 89% of the state’s 4th and 8th Graders scored proficient in writing.
Elementary school students scored above 65% on math tests. Test scores dropped to between 60-and-63% in middle school, then down to 53.67% in 11th Grade.
Breed points out that this is the first year for the new math standards. He says the scores released today will create a baseline upon which school districts can build. One way the state plans to help, according to Breed, is to create four interim assessments throughout the year to gauge student progress. He says baseline information in other subjects in the past has led to improvements in test scores.
New state standards call for high school students to be proficient at a level equivalent to Algebra II, according to Breed.
These test scores are initial scores. They could change slightly when final scores are released in October.