On Dec. 21, the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) released accountability results for all of the state’s public schools.
The Accountability for a Quality Education system Today and Tomorrow (AQuESTT) allows schools to focus on educational quality for their students across all backgrounds and circumstances. AQuESTT annually classifies schools and districts as excellent, great, good, or needs improvement.
NDE said the results show that Nebraska’s public schools are growing and improving in multiple measures.
Boone Central Public Schools received a classification of “Great” for 2017-18.
NDE also released Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment Sys-tem (NSCAS) testing results for each school.
NSCAS testing in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics were given in grades three through eight. These tests were more rigorous this year, with high expectations for college and career readiness. NSCAS Science assessment was given in grades five and eight.
In addition, the ACT test was given to all juniors in the state’s public high schools.
“Snapshots” for individual schools are available on the NDE website.
Boone Central Snapshot
The NDE brief report for Boone Central showed total student membership of 599, with 51 teachers. At Boone Central, 32 percent of students qualify for free or reduced lunch, compared to 37 percent for peer schools.
Nine percent of Boone Central qualify as “gifted” compared to 12 percent at peer schools, while 14 percent of Boone Central students are in Special Education compared to 15 percent at peer schools. Boone Central has an attendance rate of 96 percent, and a graduation rate of 100 percent.
In the NSCAS English Language Arts test, 56 percent of Boone Central students in all tested grade levels ranked as proficient, compared to 53 percent average for tested grade levels in peer schools.
In NCAS Mathematics, 56 percent of Boone Central students in all tested grade levels ranked as proficient, compared to a 53 percent average for students in tested grade levels of peer schools.
In NCAS Science, 65 percent of Boone Central students in all tested grade levels ranked as proficient, compared to a 74 percent average of students in tested grade levels at peer schools.
In 11th grade ACT testing, Boone Central ranked ahead of peer schools in all categories, with 55 percent proficient in English, 66 percent proficient in Math and 68 percent proficient in Science.
Read the complete story in the Dec. 26 Albion News & Petersburg Press, Print and E-Editions.