Nebraska state ed department begins plans to 'score' schools

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The department is taking its cue from the Legislature, where lawmakers last year introduced LB438, which details how such a system should look — creating a “score” for each school and district, and establishing steps the state should take to intervene and help the lowest-performing schools improve.

The bill remained on general file at the end of the session last year, but members of the state board and the Legislature’s education committee have been discussing the bill and the plans to move it forward this session.

The state education department currently has a system that ranks all schools and districts based on numerous measures. Those measures include graduation rate; scores on statewide reading, math, science, and writing tests; how each grade level improves from one year to the next; and how groups of students improve from one year to the next.

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