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Student performance data comes in numerous forms.  Understanding the different kinds of data and their purposes allow educators to provide an educationally sound program for students and parents to support their children in their learning and assessment endeavors.  Following is a general list of the different kinds of student performance data and their purposes.  If you have any questions regarding your child's educational progress, please contact their building level administration or Rita M. Moravek, Curriculum Director.

Criterion-Referenced and Classroom-based Assessments - In the State of Nebraska these assessments are teacher-developed and measure state approved standards and the student's performance on them.  They measure local curriculum and reflect classroom instruction.  All students can achieve the standards and the assessments are not based on a bell-curve.  Purposes:  a) to see how students perform on standards taught in local curriculum, b) to review and adjust classroom instruction, c) to inform possible areas for school improvement, d) to measure a student's performance on the state standards, and e) to compare a district's performance to overall state-wide performance, not to compare one district to another.

Nebraska State Accountability - STATEWIDE TESTS - Currently there are two Nebraska State Tests to be implemented in 2009-10:  NeSA-R - Reading and NeSA-W - Writing.  The NeSA-M - Mathematics and NeSA-S - Science will be following in 2010-11 and the next year, respectively.  These assessments are also developed by Nebraska educators and are scored by the state.  These assessments are taken online (except writing) and are not based on a bell curve.  This gives a single snapshot in the winter/spring of the year.  Purposes:  a) to check how well districts perform on state standards, b) to provide additional statewide information about student performance, and c) to provide public accountability.

NRT - Norm-Referenced Tests - APS uses CTBS/Terra Nova assessments to fullfill this requirement grades 3-11.  They are developed by a testing company and measure student performance in comparison to other students.  These assessments measure only 30% of the state standards and measures only parts of local curriculum and instruction.  These assessments test designs sort students into performance categories - high, medium, and low while being based on a bell curve.  Purposes:  a) to provide a standardized look at student performance across the nation, and b) to serve as a validation measure.

National Tests - Two types of national tests our students engage in are the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and the ACT/SAT.  Purposes:  same as NRT's.









Last Updated: 6/30/09

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