Nebraska students are showing progress on statewide math and reading tests.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - New results released Tuesday show that more than 74 percent of students were at or above proficiency levels in reading this year, compared with less than 72 percent in 2011.
More than 67 percent showed proficiency in math in 2012, compared to less than 63 percent the previous year.
The results from the Nebraska Department of Education were the first-ever under the new Nebraska Performance Accountability System.
The new state system measures schools by their average scores in reading, mathematics, writing and science. The exam also shows improvement by measuring differences in math and reading scores among students in the same grade, and growth, by comparing scores of the same students from year to year.
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State education officials released statewide student test results, stating that in general students and school districts seem to be showing improvement.
Nebraska Education Commissioner says 152-Thousand students from all 249 public school districts took the standardized tests.
Nearly three-quarters of the students scored proficient in reading with about the same performance in writing. Scores lagged behind in math and science.
Nearly three of every four school districts graduated at least 90-percent of their students.
An accountability report released by the Nebraska Department of Education indicates general progress by most school districts and their students.
Yet, some students come to class burdened by poverty, poor health or the stress of a tough family life.
State Education Commissioner Roger Breed says consistent teaching of correct curriculum combined with a method to help students who fall behind can overcome obstacles.
Breed says educators cannot control home life, but only what occurs when students arrive at school.
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