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Nebraska students begin NeSA testing

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Middle schoolstudents all across Nebraska are beginning one of the most important benchmarksof the year – state wide testing.

Today, all sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students will betaking the Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) reading test.

The NeSA tests replaced the ‘STAR' tests that weregiven by individual school systems. The issue administrators ran into was that each schooldeveloped their own assessment.

"If you were trying to compare one school to another, youwere kind of comparing apples and oranges," explains Bluffs Middle School Principal Dr. Andrew Dick. "And in this situation, everybody takingthe state test, the test is completely aligned with state standards. So it doesprovide us with valuable data whether or curriculum is designed with statestandards."

The test gives the district specific areas where they canimprove on instructional decisions in the classroom.

In the following weeks, students will also take NeSA math and science tests.

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