State education officials say nearly three in every four Nebraska public school students met state reading, math, and science standards.
The 2014 state test results disclose 77% of the Nebraska students met or exceeded state standards on the reading test; 72% in science and 71% in math.
State Education Commissioner Matt Blomstedt says education officials have seen progress over the years, but worry scores may have hit a plateau.
“When we do hit plateaus, I think it’s going to be incumbent on us to look at why we hit that level and what it is really going to take to make a difference,” Blomstedt tells reporters during a news conference at the state education offices in Lincoln.
Blomstedt says school must find ways to engage students. He also says early childhood education can have an impact throughout the educational career of a student.
Only writing scores from 4th Graders have been released, with 69% of the students meeting or exceeding state standards. A technical glitch in the online writing test administered to the higher grades prevented the state from releases more test results.
Blomstedt says educators must guard against being satisfied.
“I look at the numbers and go, ‘What can we do to make a difference in our reading scores if we are plateauing?’” Blomstedt says.
Blomstedt says educators must find ways to engage students and the state must invest in the things that really matter in teaching students.
A breakdown of the test results by district and school building is available by clicking here.