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First Ever Public School Rankings Come Out

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Rankings for all Nebraska public schools were announced Tuesday morning in the State of the Schools report.

It's part of a new state-wide standardized test that measures reading, math, science and writing.

This yearly report usually is about how the schools are generally doing with the NeSA test, however starting this year they will contain rankings for each of the four main subjects from 1 to 249, the exact amount of public school districts in the state.

But Nebraska Education Commissioner Roger Breed says to not base each school district on those numbers because they don't paint the whole picture.

"School districts are complex operations with as many issues and problems as they have kids," said Breed.

Kearney Public Schools are ranked 93rd in reading and 148th in science; McCook Public Schools rank 59th in reading and 95th in science; and Lexington Public Schools rank near the bottom at 243rd in reading.

"It's inappropriate to take a single ranking and say this school ranking says this about this school district and overrides all the other things," said Breed.

Breed also adds that these figures do not take into account such things like schools dealing with English language learners, poverty-stricken school districts, and other similar demographics.

Also included in the report 185 of 248 school districts showed improvement in reading and 177 of 248 showed improvement in mathematics.

For the full report, go to http://reportcard.education.ne.gov/Search/DistrictSearch.aspx.

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