Scott Schmidtbonne, Director of Research, provided an update to the board on the 2017-18
Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System
In 2014, the state began adopting College and Career Readiness (CCR) standards. With the adoption of the new standards, students and staff have seen accelerated and significant shifts in standards and testing. The timeline for standard adoption and testing for each area is:
- English/Language Arts
- CCR Standards adopted September 2014
- Item Field Testing 2015-16
- Aligned testing began during the 2016-17 School Year*
- CCR Standards adopted September 2015
- Item Field Testing 2016-17
- Aligned testing began during the 2017-18 school year*
- CCR Standards adopted September 2017
- Item Field Testing 2019-20
- Aligned testing to begin during the 2020-21 school year*
*Since this is the first year of the test, it is considered the benchmark year.
When looking at the number of students that met benchmarks in each subject area, students were 33 percent proficient in English, and 45 percent proficient in science. The benchmark percent proficient for math was 30 percent.
With the changes to the standards, the baseline gap of proficiency from NeSA to NSCAS decreased by two percent in English Language Arts and by one percent in math.
To view the Nebraska Education profile for the state, OPS or any individual school,
OPS specific data is also available in the data books.