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Freeman Rates High In 2011-12 State of School Report

The Nebraska Department of Education released the 2011-12 State of the Schools Report to the public on Tuesday, November 20. For the first time ever, the report shows how every school ranks with their peers in the areas of Reading, Math, Science, Writing, and Graduation Rate. This information was presented to the Freeman Board of Education on Monday, December 10.

“Freeman Public Schools results were outstanding in regards to scores and to ranking,” said secondary principal, Dr. Bob Michl. “This district should be proud of the students, staff, and school community for their efforts and accomplishments.”

The table below shows how each Freeman grade grouping did in regards to all other schools. An overall district rating was also given.

It is important to remember that some caution must be given when considering rankings. Many
rankings are separated by only one- or two-tenths of a point. Never-the-less, when dividing the table into quintiles (20% divisions), Freeman ranks in the top quintile in most areas.

“I would agree that the state assessment process isn’t perfect,” said Michl. “And it’s only one of a
number of measures we use to determine how well our teachers and students are performing.”

Michl said that Freeman’s numbers continue to demonstrate growth in our district academically. But he cautioned that each year, while the rating system remains the same, different students are considered in the testing process. “Next year’s numbers may not be as favorable……then again, maybe they will be,” he said. “We just need to keep perspective and continue to do the things we need to do to provide our students with the best education possible.”

Anyone interested in seeing the state of the school report or checking out other schools/districts can go to the following website: http://reportcard.education.ne.gov   Then click on the blue Nebraska Accountability button. Drag the cursor to the bottom to NEPAS OVERVIEW.

2011-12 State of the School Report Information for Freeman Public Schools

Quintile (Rank/Total Number of Schools)

School-Grades Reading Math Science Writing Grad. Rate
Freeman 9-12 1 (1/227) 1 (21/227) 1 (18/227) 1 (3/227) 1 (23/182)
Freeman 5-8 1 (34/249) 2 (78/249) 1 (38/249) 2 (59/249) NA
Freeman 3-5 1 (44/249) 3 (116/249) 3 (109/249) NA NA
Freeman Dist. 1 (14/249) 2 (74/249) 1 (49/249) 1 (5/249) 1 (23/182)

Quintiles = 1–top 20 %, 2–2nd 20 %, 3–middle 20%, 4 –4th 20%, 5–lowest 20%
*Quintiles break percentages into five 20% increments.
Numbers in parentheses = (Freeman Rank/Total Schools Assessed)

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