North Platte Public Schools raise the bar on education

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. The AQuESTT Classification Report has been released and North Platte Public Schools is improving.

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Grades 3-8 scored 57% average in the math portion of the assessment, which is higher than the state average of 52%.

Grades 5 and 8 scored an average 72% in the science assessment, whereas the state average was 66%

Grades 3-8 were also assessed in English Language Arts, however, they fell short of the state average 48% to 52%.

NPPS Secondary Director Vikki Carlson says reading comprehension is key to raising the other test scores.

"Knowing they are proficient, they're going to be able to answer word problems more easily in math per se, " said Carlson.

"They're going to be able to study those scientific articles more reticently. That's going to play in and of itself out in all content areas."

Another area of needed improvement is the Nebraska ACT Assessment which is taken by 11th graders.

The high school juniors have consistently scored below the state average for the last three years. This year they scored 17.8 out of 36. The state average was 19.3.

However, they are trending upward. In both the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 years they scored 17.6.

"We have to remember that's really a college level entrance exam," said Carlson.

"When our high school administration broke that data down. When you're really looking- this the first time students have taken it. We are close to 90% of our students not having ever taken an ACT before."

Carlson said North Platte Public Schools has a reason to celebrate the upward momentum.

"In terms of ACT we've actually improved. Our trend line for our overall composite score is trending up Although we are still below the state average composite score, it's still reason for us locally to celebrate" said Carlson.

"That tells us the work across the board K-12 that our staff is doing on behalf of our kids, that they deserve a pat on the back and cause of celebration for those pieces."