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Final school performance ratings give Omaha, Millard schools a boost

Final school performance ratings give Omaha, Millard schools a boost

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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

Adams Elementary

Bancroft Elementary

Belvedere Elementary

Benson West Elementary

Gomez Heritage Elementary

Fontenelle Elementary

Franklin Elementary

Gateway Elementary

Hartman Elementary

Highland Elementary

Jackson Elementary

Kellom Elementary

King Elementary

Masters Elementary

Minne Lusa Elementary

Mount View Elementary

Sherman Elementary

Skinner Magnet Center

Spring Lake Magnet Center

Springville Elementary

Wakonda Elementary

Walnut Hill Elementary

Bryan Middle School

Nathan Hale Magnet Middle

King Science/Tech Magnet Middle

Monroe Middle

Norris 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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Joe covers education for The World-Herald, focusing on pre-kindergarten through high school. Phone: 402-444-1077.

Emily covers K-12 education, including Omaha Public Schools. Previously, Emily covered local government and the Nebraska Legislature for The World-Herald. Follow her on Twitter @emily_nitcher. Phone: 402-444-1192.

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