Writing Test Scores

Today the state wide report card on Nebraska student's writing assessment is in.

The achievement gaps among all students with others in racial and ethnic groups, poverty and even special education are narrowing. And overall, the numbers are up and impressive. Since 2002, 4th, 8th and 11th grade students across Nebraska have taken a writing assessment.

This year, 89 percent of students were meeting or exceeding the state's writing standards. That's up over fifteen percent from the first year. The reason these tests are done is to make sure that writing and literacy are expressed in schools.

The State Board of Education attributes much success to teachers who are learning from one another how to make students better writers. Each student's tests are graded by two teachers.