By Governor Dave Heineman
The State of Nebraska began statewide reading assessments two years ago so that parents, citizens, school boards, superintendents, principals, teachers and elected officials could compare results from one district to another. This data can be very helpful in improving both student and school academic achievement performance.
In the spring of every year, students are tested in grades 3-8 and 11. The students who met or exceeded the reading assessment standards in all grades increased from 69% in 2010 to 72% this year. I would like to congratulate all of our schools that have excelled in reading assessment for 2011 and focus on our high school performance.
For purposes of comparison, the school districts are reported by their sports classification. Among the 27 Class A public high schools, the top five reading assessment scores were for 2011 were Millard West, Papillion LaVista South, Lincoln East, Millard North and Papillion LaVista.
In Class B, the top five high schools were Norris, Elkhorn South, Bennington, Gretna and Aurora. There were eight schools that had significant improvement in their scores from 2010 to 2011. Those were Blair, Grand Island Northwest, Gretna, Hastings, Nebraska City, Norris, Sidney and York.
Since there are more high schools in Class C-1 and C-2 than in Class A or B, I have identified the top 10 high schools in C-1 and C-2. For C-1, the top 10 reading assessment scores in 2011 were Arlington, Centennial, Wayne, Fillmore Central, Logan View, Syracuse, Ainsworth, Conestoga, Chadron and Milford.
The most improved C-1 scores from 2010 to 2011 were Arlington, Battle Creek, Centennial, Centura, Chadron, Conestoga, Cozad, Fairbury, Fillmore Central, Logan View, Madison, Syracuse and Wayne.
In C-2, the top10 reading assessment scores in 2011 were Hershey, Palmyra, Crofton, Elmwood-Murdock, Chase County, Ponca, Laurel-Concord, Ravenna, West Holt and Thayer Central.
The most improved C-2 scores from 2010 to 2011 were Blue Hill, Chase County, Crofton, Dundy County, Humboldt-Table Rock, Morrill, Oakland-Craig, Plainview, Ponca, Ravenna, Southern Valley, Superior, Thayer Central, Twin River, Wakefield and Weeping Water.
Among smaller schools, the top 10 reading assessment scores in 2011 were Bertrand, Bloomfield and Loomis with a 100% score. The next seven were Johnson Brock, High Plains Community, Cody-Kilgore, Maxwell, Kenesaw, Howells and Sterling.
The most improved small schools scores were Anselmo-Merna, Bertrand, Cedar Bluffs, East Butler, Elm Creek, High Plains Community, Kenesaw, Loomis, Maxwell, Mead, Pawnee City, Pender, Shelby, Southwest and Sterling. For privacy concerns, federal law does not allow education data to be reported publicly if a high school class has 10 or less students.
If you would like to know your high school’s reading assessment scores for 2010 and 2011 go to our website at www.governor.nebraska.gov and click on the “column” icon.