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The school year's just started and already we have a report card. Students across Nebraska took standardized tests earlier this year and the good news for Omaha Public Schools is that many of the numbers are headed in the right direction.
Philip Ryan and his son Thayan enjoyed the last day of summer vacation at Elmwood Park. Thayan is one of thousands of students in the Omaha Public School system that will be heading back to class on Wednesday.
When Philip heard test scores from last year were up, he thought it was a great way to start out the year. "I'm elated by the fact that they put so much effort into the children educating them. The fact they can get these test scores up shows they're making obvious strong effort to improve the education of our children."
You can see the preliminary NeSA results in the chart on the left that show the changes from 2010-2011 to 2012-2013.
School officials say they are especially proud of these improvements because of the challenges they've been dealing with over the past decade.
Those challenges include an increased number of students learning English as a second language and also students living in poverty.
"This is a great example of hard work, purposeful work, and intentional activities to impact student learning," said Evans.
While the scores are improving, they say there's still a lot of work to be done. They especially plan to focus on Math.
"We think there's more opportunity for growth, so we've purchased more mathematic materials, curriculum, textbooks, and written new guides for teachers," said ReNae Kehrberg, Assistant Superintendent.
Of course, school officials hope this improvement will continue on into the new school year.