The Nebraska Department of Education has finally completed performance ratings for public schools, and there is good news for the Omaha Public Schools.
Twenty-four OPS schools saw their classifications improve from preliminary ratings released in December.
The department classified the state’s 1,110 public schools and 244 districts as excellent, great, good or needing improvement. They all are listed here: http://nep.education.ne.gov.
The ratings are based primarily on student scores on annual state academic assessments. However, multiple factors, such as graduation rates and reduction in chronic absenteeism, are considered under the state’s accountability system.
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The state released preliminary ratings in December to meet state and federal reporting deadlines. But final classifications were delayed for about 100 schools, pending a review.
The review focused on whether a school had adopted policies, procedures, and practices that department officials believe impact student achievement and outcomes — what officials call evidence-based analysis.
Among the OPS schools bumped up were Burke High School, which was moved from good to great.
Twenty-one OPS elementary schools and two OPS middle schools were moved up.
Druid Hill Elementary, a high-poverty OPS school that’s received both district and state intervention, was moved up from needing improvement to good.
Statewide, district ratings were not up for review and did not change.
OPS remained among 24 districts the state designated as needing improvement.
In the Millard Public Schools, 12 schools were bumped up, including two high schools. Millard South moved up to great, and Millard West went up to excellent.
No changes were made in the Ralston, Papillion-La Vista, Bellevue, Westside, Gretna, Douglas County West and Bennington districts.
In Springfield Platteview Community Schools, Springfield Elementary was boosted from great to excellent.
State law requires the department to rate schools and districts annually. The state had not rated schools since December 2015. State officials have said they hope to have the next round of ratings out earlier.
They said changes to the state’s testing system complicated the process.
Verifying scores and reviewing the evidence-based analysis submissions takes time, said David Jespersen, department spokesman.
“We hope to have the entire process more streamlined going forward to have classifications out sooner and closer to the start of the school year,” he said.
World-Herald staff writer Emily Nitcher contributed to this report.
Final ratings for metro-Omaha schools that changed:
Omaha Public Schools
Ashland Park/Robbins Elementary: Great
Beals Elementary: Good
Castelar Elementary: Good
Catlin Magnet Center: Good
Central Park Elementary: Good
Chandler View Elementary: Good
Conestoga Magnet Elementary: Good
Dodge Elementary School: Great
Druid Hill Elementary: Good
Field Club Elementary: Good
Fullerton Magnet Center: Excellent
Gilder Elementary: Great
Harrison Elementary: Great
Indian Hill Elementary: Good
Jefferson Elementary: Great
Liberty Elementary: Good
Ponca Elementary: Great
Prairie Wind Elementary: Good
Rose Hill Elementary: Great
Saddlebrook Elementary: Excellent
Western Hill Magnet Center: Good
McMillan Magnet Middle: Good
Morton Magnet Middle: Good
Burke High School: Great
Millard Public Schools
Bryan Elementary: Great
Cody Elementary: Good
Cottonwood Elementary: Great
Ezra Elementary: Excellent
Harvey Oaks Elementary: Excellent
Neihardt Elementary: Great
Normal Rockwell Elementary: Great
Norris Elementary: Great
Sandoz Elementary: Great
Walt Disney Elementary: Good
Millard South High: Great
Millard West High: Excellent
Springfield Platteview Community Schools
Springfield Elementary: Excellent
Metro Omaha schools labeled as needing improvement:
Omaha Public Schools
Benson West Elementary
Gomez Heritage Elementary
Minne Lusa Elementary
Mount View Elementary
Skinner Magnet Center
Spring Lake Magnet Center
Walnut Hill Elementary
Bryan Middle School
Nathan Hale Magnet Middle
King Science/Tech Magnet Middle
Benson High School
Bryan High School
Omaha North High School
Omaha Northwest High School
Omaha South High School
Westside Community Schools
Westgate Elementary School
Gretna Public Schools
Gretna Elementary School
Ralston Public Schools
Mockingbird Elementary School
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