Student performance in a series of tests administered through the Nebraska Department of Education will now have a greater impact on the school district as a whole.
This morning the Department of Education released the State of the Schools report that includes for the first time the results of the Nebraska Performance Accountability System, which among other things ranks schools based on student performance.
Education Commissioner Roger Breed said in a news conference Monday — before the official numbers were released — that he wants people to consider the rankings with the greatest amount of caution.
He said no school or school district should be judged on one ranking. Likewise, he said schools should be compared with others of similar size and demographics.
In Hastings, Chad Dumas, director of curriculum, instruction and assessment at Hastings Public Schools, said he is focusing his time and energy on helping to improve student learning and performance rather than worrying about the rankings.