Nebraska State Accountability:
NeSA-Reading – 2014
NeSA-Mathematics – 2014
NeSA-Science – 2014
NeSA-Writing - 2014


Welcome to the 2014 Preliminary NeSA report of student results for reading, mathematics, science and writing.

NeSA statewide assessments were administered in the winter and spring of 2014 in the following grades:

NeSA-Reading:Grades 3-8 and 11
NeSA-Mathematics:Grades 3-8 and 11
NeSA-Science:Grades 5, 8 and 11
NeSA-Writing:Grades 4, 8 and 11


The tests measure the Nebraska state standards and determine Nebraska student proficiency on those standards. Scores include all students tested.

The achievement of Nebraska students has shown improvement on the tests that have been given over multiple years. The percentage of students proficient in NeSA-Reading, NeSA-Mathematics and NeSA-Science has increased over time. In NeSA-Writing the only scores available for 2014 are at grade 4 due to technology issues experienced by students at grades 8 and 11.

Nebraska State Accountability: NeSA Scores
Percent Proficient: Meets/Exceeds Combined
Combined Results for All Grades Tested

SUBJECT20102011201220132014
Reading69%72%74%77%77%
Mathematics 63%67%69%71%
Science  67%70%72%
Writing   68%^—^^
^In 2013 students at grades 8 and 11 experienced formatting issues with the NeSA-Writing online test administration. While research into the score results does not indicate an effect on student results, it also does not assure there was no effect. Scores should be interpreted with caution.
^^ In 2014 students in grades 8 and 11 experienced technology issues with the online test. Valid results are not available for all districts or for the state for NeSA-Writing at grades 8 and 11.
 

School District, School Building Results
State Data Downloads

STUDENT RESULTS
The following charts show the percentage of students who scored at three achievement levels: Below the Standards, Meeting the Standards and Exceeding the Standards.

Nebraska State Accountability: NeSA-Reading
2014 Reading Results for All Grades Tested
Percent Proficient (Meets/Exceeds Combined): 77 PERCENT

GRADE LEVELAVERAGE SCALE SCORETOTAL # OF STUDENTS% BELOW THE STANDARDS% MEETING THE STANDARDS% EXCEEDING THE STANDARDS
3RD11422,81721%53%26%
4TH11923,07022%41%37%
5TH12122,62324%39%38%
6TH11922,40921%42%37%
7TH12622,15819%37%44%
8TH11422,05722%46%32%
11TH11021,37830%41%29%

Nebraska State Accountability: NeSA-Mathematics
2014 Mathematics Results for All Grades Tested
Percent Proficient (Meets/Exceeds Combined): 71 PERCENT

GRADE LEVELAVERAGE SCALE SCORETOTAL # OF STUDENTS% BELOW THE STANDARDS% MEETING THE STANDARDS% EXCEEDING THE STANDARDS
3RD11222,89924%49%27%
4TH11223,17123%52%26%
5TH11222,68424%51%25%
6TH10922,48128%47%25%
7TH10922,24328%46%26%
8TH10422,15134%46%20%
11TH10221,38139%36%25%

Nebraska State Accountability: NeSA-Science
2014 Science Results for All Grades Tested
Percent Proficient (Meets/Exceeds Combined): 72 PERCENT

GRADE LEVELAVERAGE SCALE SCORETOTAL # OF STUDENTS% BELOW THE STANDARDS% MEETING THE STANDARDS% EXCEEDING THE STANDARDS
5TH10622,68628%49%23%
8TH10522,14930%49%21%
11TH10321,37725%62%13%


Student scale scores for reading, mathematics, and science range from 0 to 200. Students who received a scale score of 85 or higher met or exceeded the state standards. Students receiving 84 or lower are reported in the Below Standards category.

The scale score ranges for all three subjects are
Exceeds the standards135-200
Meets the standards85-134
Below the standards0-84


Nebraska State Accountability: NeSA-Writing
2014 Writing Results for All Grades Tested

GRADE LEVELAVERAGE SCALE SCORE+TOTAL # OF STUDENTS% BELOW THE STANDARDS% MEETING THE STANDARDS% EXCEEDING THE STANDARDS
4TH4322,80731%54%14%
8TH^^—^^21,789—^^—^^—^^
11TH^^—^^21,158—^^—^^—^^
The scale score range for 4th grade, 8th grade and 11th grade is 0 - 70.

NeSA writing tests were administered in the January-February of 2014 in grades 4, 8, and 11. The tests measure the revised Nebraska state writing standards and determine Nebraska’s student writing proficiency in the designated three grades. The revised writing standards and the writing process have been strengthened and become more “college and career ready.”

Students in grades 8 and 11 participated online; students in 4th grade took the assessment paper/pencil over two days with a forty-minute session each day.

^^In 2014 students in grades 8 and 11 experienced technology issues with the online NeSA-Writing test. Valid results are not available for all districts or for the state for NeSA-Writing at grades 8 and 11.

Cut Scores for NeSA-Writing are as follows:

 Grade 4Grade 8Grade 11
Exceeds the standards57-7055-7053-70
Meets the standards40-5640-5440-52
Below the standards0-390-390-39


SCHOOL DISTRICT, SCHOOL BUILDING RESULTS

You may access the results for individual school districts and school buildings by clicking on this link:
School District, School Building Results

STATE DATA DOWNLOADS (tab-delimited .txt files)

Instructions on download files (.pdf)

Download Files
Reading Mathematics
Science Writing

STUDENT GROUPS

This report focuses on state, school district, and school building proficiency percentages and scale scores. The results for groups of students by race/ethnicity, poverty, English Language Learners, and other groups will be released in the fall as part of the annual State of the Schools Report, a comprehensive report on Nebraska public schools. 

It is important to note that the results of the State of the Schools Report released in the Fall are the final results. The results posted on this site are the preliminary results. Because of district data corrections and appeals, preliminary results are subject to change.

Final results released in the State of the Schools Report—October, 2014 will include:
  • Disaggregated Data
  • Nebraska Performance Accountability [NePAS], the state accountability system
  • Adequate Yearly Progress, the federal accountability system
When the State of the Schools Report is released, this website is closed.


REPORTS FOR PARENTS

Parents will receive a report of their child’s NeSA scores from their local school district.