About 68 percent of Nebraska public school students tested as proficient in science last spring, down 2 percentage points from 2016-17 and 4 percentage points from 2015-16, the Omaha World-Herald reported . The scores were taken from fifth, eighth and 11th grades. Nebraska is moving to a new science test to reflect changing standards that come with the Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System. The current test is measuring students’ proficiency against old standards set in 2010, not the new standards the state Board of Education approved last year.

Read news stories filed by the Omaha World-Herald (Dec. 23, 2018; registration required) and the Associated Press  (December 29, 2018)

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