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NE education department planning new school-ranking method

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Nebraska Education officials intend to come up with a new way to rank public schools to get the help needed to improve if necessary.

Last year, lawmakers introduced LB438 --- creating a "score" or rank for each school and district.

This legislature session, Nebraska senators are expected to discuss amendments to the bill introduced by Sen. Kate Sullivan of Cedar Rapids.

The Education Department is looking into those amendments and says it will be holding schools accountable for student achievement by scaling down numerous rankings into just a few classifications.

Education officials say the new system will assign points to certain criteria including graduation rate, test scores, and overall improvement.

When the points are totaled, it will place each school and district in different categories from highest to lowest-performing schools.

An intervention team would then be appointed to at least the three lowest-ranked schools.

Hemingford Superintendent Casper Ningen agrees with the new system if passed through the legislature.
"It's well intended to come up with an idea or come up with a way to look across the state of Nebraska and have a way I guess of showing patrons and showing administration and taxpayers where their school stands."

Ningen says he can't think of any school or school administration who doesn't want to do better than they are already doing now.

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