Education
7:50 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Test scores up in OPS, statewide

Achievement test scores are up in both the Omaha Public Schools district and statewide.

The reading, math, and science scores were released Tuesday. This is the fourth year results are available for reading, the third for math, and the second for the science test.

The reading test is given in third through eighth, and 11th grades. 65 percent of OPS' third through sixth grade students met or exceeded state standards. 60 percent of seventh and eighth grade students, and 49 percent of 11th graders, were proficient in reading.

The 2012-13 math test was also given to students in third through eighth, and 11th grades. 55 percent of OPS third through sixth grade students met or exceeded state standards. At the seventh and eighth grade levels, 40 percent of students showed proficiency. 31 percent of 11th grade students met or exceeded math standards.

Students in fifth, eighth, and 11th grades take the science test. In 2012-13, 45 percent of OPS fifth grade students and 43 percent of eighth graders were proficient in science. 51 percent of 11th graders met or exceeded state standards.

The reading, math, and science scores were up across all grades of OPS students tested. OPS officials say the increases are “meaningful and significant,” and there will be multiple efforts to continue the trend upward in test scores.

The state results and more information on the NeSA tests is available at www.education.ne.gov.