NPPS makes improvements in test scores and attendance

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. KNOP Students in the North Platte Public School District are making improvements in their test scores and attendance.

North Platte Public Schools Secondary Director Vikki Carlson presented the district's scorecard to board members Monday.

Carlson says results from the Nebraska Student Centered Assessment System show 70 percent of students in grades third through 8th are proficient in Science, 53 percent are proficient in math and 43 percent are proficient in English.

However, one area that is also seeing improvement is attendance, especially when it comes to chronic absenteeism.

"When we first started talking about "Dare To Go Five Below" three years ago, Buffalo Elementary had 65 percent of their kids in that five to ten range, they are now at 75 percent in the zero to 5 range," said Student Services Coordinator Brandy Buscher. "So they have done a complete flip."

Buscher says the two main reasons behind chronic absenteeism are mental health concerns that are going undiagnosed or unaddressed among students and mental health concerns with the parent.

Board members also commended the county attorney's office on their efforts for enforcing truancy laws.