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Academic pep rally
North Bend Elementary teachers give a cheer at an academic pep rally to celebrate the districts' academic perormance.

NBC test scores 7th in state

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 12/17/14

North Bend Central celebrated the results of the most recent Nebraska Performance Accountability Systems (NePAS) during a district-wide pep rally Dec. 5 with high school, middle school and elementary school students attending.

NBC District 595 has been ranked seventh out of 248 school districts in the state of Nebraska. This is according the NePAS scores on math, science and reading tests that were used as an evaluation tool to come up with the scores.

“We are going to celebrate this rating,” superintendent Dr. Dan Endorf said, “but it is not going to define us.”

And celebrate they did. Teachers from the high school, middle school and elementary school showed their excitement for the students’ accomplishments. Endorf, with the help of second grader Brier Cerny, illustrated what the NePAS meant with 248 books lined up with a book representing NBC sitting at number seven.

Endorf said that last year NBC was rated 15th, and three years ago it was rated 115th. The 248 school districts in Nebraska include 308 high schools, 105 middle schools and 805 elementary schools.

The State Board of Education and Nebraska Department of Education staff developed the state accountability system as required by state law, so called the Nebraska Performance Accountability Systems. In August 2012, the State Board of Education adopted NePAS, which is based on student scale scores within grades, buildings and districts. The system is intended to inform educators, parents, school board members, community members and policy makers about the learning progress of Nebraska schools and school districts.

The Nebraska State Board of Education revised the NePAS on Jan. 7, 2014. The revised document is the result of the work of the Nebraska Department of Education Statewide Assessment office, NDE leadership, and the Nebraska Board of Education Accountability Committee.

The work was guided by three goals:

1. To develop an effective system that provides fair accountability for schools in order to enhance opportunity to learn for every student in every school in Nebraska.

2. To partner with school districts to provide support for improved student learning.

3. To partner with the Legislature by providing NePAS 1.1--Background and Proposal of Framework to guide NDE as it moves forward.

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