BEATRICE – New state-required assessments of student performance show some gains and declines in the Beatrice Public School system. But the district’s curriculum and assessment director says it’s just one way of looking at student performance….and the new system requires a much higher score, for proficiency.
Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jackie Nielsen reviewed assessment results with Beatrice School Board members Thursday night…results that were just released by the state in mid-December.
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In English and Language Arts, testing of third through eighth graders showed percentage increases in proficiency at grades three and four, but declines at grades four through eight. Grades three and eight scored above the state average.
In math testing of students in grades three through eight, students scored above the state percentage for proficiency, at the sixth, seventh and eighth grade levels.
Assessment is now also being measured by juniors taking the ACT college entrance test, something Board of Education member Doris Martin says only assumes a student is four-year college material.
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The recent testing showed the composite ACT score in the district at 19.7, which is below the state average….and down from the district’s average score in 2017, of 21.4.
Dr. Nielsen pointed out that there was a big jump in the number of students who took the ACT in the assessment process…….158 students in 2018…..compared to 92, the year before. Nielsen said the new assessment process tends to focus more on college-readiness.