Ord Public Schools along with the rest of the 248 schools in the state, received their 2011-12 NeSA scores for review on August 21, 2012. NeSA stands for Nebraska State Accountability, and the current testing system replaces the former STARS system implemented as state law in 2007-08.
This year three years of reading results, two years of mathematics results and one year of science scores will be included. Ord Public School Students scored above the state average in all three categories of testing.
All scores are considered “initial” until the State of The Schools Report is released in November. The results are considered “initial” because we anticipate some district level changes in the student record system that may adjust disaggregated data in the final results. NeSA writing results were released earlier.
NeSA results provide useful information to help schools adapt instruction with the goal of improving student skills and help shape effective instruction for every child. It’s important to keep in mind that no single test score can tell the full story about performance of an individual student or school building.
Ord Students scored particularly well in the areas of writing and science. In writing 97 percent of 4th Graders met or exceeded standards and at 8th Grade level 88 percent of students met or exceeded the standards, while 77 percent met or exceeded standards at the 11th grade level. State reporters indicate the use of computers for the first time on the writing test was likely to have an impact on scores at 8th and 11th grades.
The first ever NeSA science test, administered at 5th, 8th and 11th grades, indicate 97 percent of 5th graders at Ord met or exceeded the standards as compared to 67 percent at the state level. In the 8th grade 94 percent of Ord students met or exceeded standards as compared to 68 percent of the state’s 8th graders. Finally, 81 percent of Ord 11th grade students met or exceeded state standards, as compared to 66 percent state wide on the science assessment.
“Many factors go into student scores on any particular day, similar to a Polaroid picture. However, with supportive community and parent involvement we feel we can say in confidence, that our principals, our staff, and our programming at Ord Public Schools are challenging our youth and helping them work to their potential. Our staff is committed to assuring high levels of learning for all students and we will use NeSA results in combination with other information to continuously improve our instruction,” said Superintendent Jason Alexander.
Individual student results will be sent to parents with a letter explaining the scores in the near future.