|W-P NeSA math results hit-and-miss|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Wednesday, 21 August 2013 18:17|
By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
Scores for the Nebraska Department of Education’s state accountability tests were released last week.
Four of Wauneta-Palisade’s seven classes that were tested are right at or above the state average in math.
Asterisks within the results indicate data has been masked to protect the identity of students because fewer than five students were reported at a performance level or all students were reported in a single performance category.
Of the third graders in 2013 58 percent met the standards compared to 62 percent of 2012’s third graders being above the standards.
The 2013 fourth grade class tested 64 percent meeting the standards.
As third graders in 2012 23 percent met the standards and 62 percent tested above the standards.
Both the third and fourth graders of 2013 outscored their statewide counterparts by eight to ten points.
Fifth graders in 2013 struggled falling from 86 percent meeting the standards as fourth graders in 2012 to 40 percent meeting the standards and 60 percent below standards.
The group was well below the state’s average score, recording a 79 score compared to the state average of 109.
Sixth graders in 2013 remained consistent from their previous year as fifth graders.
In 2012 62 percent met the standards and in 2013 62 percent met the standards.
The 2013 sixth graders were three points below the state’s average score.
Seventh graders in 2013 were 59 percent below standards and 41 percent meets the standards. Their average of 84 was well below the state average of 106. As sixth graders in 2012, 62 percent met the standard, 15 percent below and 23 exceeding the standard.
Last spring’s eighth graders tested at 73 percent below the standards. They were also below that state average, scoring 80 compared to 102. As seventh graders, they were at 47 percent below standards, 40 percent meets the standards and 13 percent exceeds the standards.
High school math scores were stronger.
In 2012, 40 percent of juniors met the standards and 33 percent exceeded the standards.
In 2013, 50 percent of juniors met the standards and 42 percent exceeded the standards. The group averaged a score of 126, compared to the state average of 100.
W-P administrators say that with so few students, it is easy for a class’ test score to be skewed in one direction or the other by one or two students.
Class sizes of the grades tested range from 11 to 17.
Science scores will be printed next week.