District staff provided an update on recently released assessment data and our district’s programs to support student academic growth.
Districtwide, our Strategic Plan of Action focuses on students’ academic growth. Assessment data is important because it guides teaching and learning. The data released included two assessments: NSCAS and MAP.
Omaha Public Schools students take MAP tests three times a year. The test measures students’ achievement and growth compared to similar students across the country. Students receive individual scores and growth goals immediately. The data is helpful for teachers. District-level results were provided last week.
Each spring, students participate in state tests. The scores are available months later. At the elementary and middle levels, state data comes from the Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System (NSCAS) test. For 11th-grade students, that data comes from the ACT. Recently released scores demonstrate growth in elementary English language arts (ELA) and math. Scores declined across the middle level. The percentage of high school students meeting state expectations grew in English language arts and remained steady in math. More than 300 additional students were proficient in ELA in 2022.
Supporting Student Academic Growth
Since January 2021, our district has presented data and plans to address student needs. We have expanded programs like Next Level Learning and Academic Support and Tutoring to provide direct support for students. Our district continues to focus on Strive for 95 and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for Behavior (MTSS-B) to highlight the importance of strong attendance and a student’s well-being in achieving academic goals.
Families with questions about their child’s growth should talk with their child’s teacher. Our district will continue to invest resources for maximum impact and benefit for the students we serve.