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The Northwest school district outperforms the state in multiple areas

Published: Dec. 6, 2021 at 9:47 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Nebraska Department of Education released a report on Monday about the state of education in the wake of COVID.

The report looked at a few areas, such as career readiness in subjects like math, English and science. They also looked at passage rates for students in ACT testing.

But the Northwest school district outperformed the state averages several categories, such as English and language arts proficiency with Northwest’s 51% to the state’s 48%.

Northwest also goes above the state average in math with 55%, compared to the state’s to 46%. The school also takes the lead with the ACT and the number of students who pass the tests.

Dr. Jeff Edwards, the Northwest District superintendent, said it didn’t take long for the students to get back to where they were before the pandemic.

“By the time we did our winter assessment, any lag in achievements were pretty much caught up, and that goes out to our curriculum, teachers, all of our staff involved,” Dr. Edwards said.

Local4 made attempts to reach out to both Hastings and Grand Island Public Schools, neither were available for comment. GIPS did release a statement saying, they were aligned with the state’s standards.

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