Nebraska Education Commissioner Wants Adaptable Schools

Nebraska's new education commissioner says he will push for a larger state role in helping schools adapt to new technology.

Matthew Blomstedt, of Central City, says students now entering kindergarten have never lived in a world without iPads, and Nebraska's 249 school districts will need to reflect their experiences.

Blomstedt says he also wants to build a state data system that's easier for school districts to use, so they can track student progress. He says schools now are overwhelmed with student performance data, and the information they receive is difficult to apply in the classroom.

Blomstedt was chosen unanimously this month by the State Board of Education. He replaces former commissioner Roger Breed, who retired earlier this year.

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