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Superintendent Press Release November 22, 2023

Dear Cedar Bluffs Families,

The Nebraska Department of Education released the Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System (NSCAS) results and the Accountability for a Quality Education System this week. Both reports provide insight into how students are performing academically on Nebraska’s state standards. NSCAS English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics and Science are rigorous assessments with high expectations for postsecondary readiness. NSCAS ELA and Mathematics are given in grades three through eight. NSCAS science assessments are given in fifth and eighth grades and Nebraska juniors take the ACT assessment. This year the NDE had the opportunity to set new cut scores, the scores that determine levels of proficiency. This happens anytime there is a new assessment or a significant change in an existing assessment. The English Language Arts assessment was new for 2022.

These new cut scores better reflect student achievement in Nebraska when compared to students nationally. For years Nebraska has been near the top of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assessments and rank high when compared to other states that test the majority of their students on the ACT.

The following are among the key findings from this year’s NSCAS:

· 58% of Nebraska students across all grade levels were considered proficient in English Language Arts (performing at the On Track or Advanced level), and 61% were proficient in Math.

· More than 70% of Nebraska students were proficient on the NSCAS Science assessment.

· At the high school level, Nebraska’s juniors were 46% proficient in ELA, 42% in Math, and 49% in Science.

· Moving forward, there will still be a need to focus on specific student groups with large achievement gaps.

§ 27% of students with disabilities were proficient in English Language Arts, and 29% were proficient in Math

§ 43% of students who qualified for free or reduced lunch were proficient in ELA and 45% for Math.

§ 30% of English learners were proficient in ELA, and 33% were proficient in Math.

In addition to assessment results, Nebraska released accountability ratings. State and federal law require the NDE to annually classify and designate schools to provide signals for specific supports. Nebraska’s system, AQuESTT - helps ensure all students across all backgrounds and circumstances have access to opportunities and access. AQuESTT annually classifies schools and districts as Excellent, Great, Good, and Needs Support to Improve. A breakdown of classifications indicated that 303 (27 percent) of schools in the State were classified as Excellent, 437 (40 percent) were Great, 288 (26 percent) were Good, and 76 (7 percent) were designated as Needs Support to Improve.

The 2023-2024 Classification is based on the 2022-2023 Data:

Cedar Bluffs Public School District was rated as: GREAT

The Cedar Bluffs Elementary School was rated as: GREAT

The Cedar Bluffs Middle School was rated as: EXCELLENT

The Cedar Bluffs Secondary School was rated as: GOOD

More information on assessment and accountability results can be found on the Nebraska Education Profile, Wildcat Pride! HAPPY THANKSGIVING