Kearney Public Schools Nebraska State Assessments (NeSA) scores have exceeded state levels. The test measures student performances on the Nebraska State Standards and determines student proficiency on those standards. Tests are given to students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 11.
"Our teaching strategies and our student scores continue to improve," stated Associate Superintendent Carol Renner. "We monitor our NeSA scores and use them to determine needs for curricular and instructional decisions and student support."
In the three academic areas tested (Reading, Math and Science), five of the seven grade levels met or exceeded Nebraska state scores. KPS students were one to four points below state standards in two grade levels: 7th grade math and 11th grade in math and science. Reading in 11th Grade demonstrated the greatest improvement with the number of students meeting or exceeding state standards increasing by 14%.
While NeSA is just one measure of our student's success, it shows us the trends in our academic progress," said Jason Sutton, Director of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction.
According to Sutton, KPS teachers use scores from the MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) to individualize instruction for each student. "The increase of our NeSA scores over time are a demonstration that our teachers are customizing instruction to meet the needs of all learners." said Sutton.
Some of the interventions that KPS has implemented such as Targeted Reading Intervention (TRI) and Mastery Reading are showing an effect on student scores in grades 3, 4, and 5 where 90% of students meet or exceed state standards. "These interventions and professional development strategies have strengthened teaching skills in reading which in turn have helped our students reach mastery," stated Sutton.
"Our teachers never stop learning. Every year, teachers participate in training and discussions on ways to improve instruction," said Renner. "As our instruction improves, individual student performance improves. We are happy with the continuous progress of our students on NeSA, MAP and formative assessments. We are pleased with our teachers' dedication to each student's success.