Local students exceed statewide average in writing assessment
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Authorities say less than 65 percent of Nebraska eighth- and 11th-graders met or exceeded the state's tougher writing standards in statewide tests.
A news release Tuesday from the Nebraska Education Department says about 63 percent of Nebraska's public school eighth-graders and about62 percent of the 11th-graders met or beat the standards.
The results are based on a tougher testing process that also measured new standards that focused on college and career readiness.
Locally Scottsbluff and Gering 8th graders did much better than the state wide average. 83% of Scottsbluff 8th graders met or exceeded standards while 66% of Gering 8th graders met or bet standards 66% of Gering 11th graders and and 67% of Scottsbluff 11th graders met or exceeded standards
Scottsbluff curriculum director Mike Mason says he was pleased with the district's overall performance and the efforts of staff.
The department says that under the scoring method used since 2001, 92 percent of the state's fourth-graders met or exceeded the writing standards. Scottsbluff and Gering 4th graders even did a little better than that. Next year fourth-graders' writing responses will be scored under the new method.
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