Let's Break It Down
Students of color at all income levels are testing proficient at rates similar to lower income white students.
Douglas and Sarpy County schools use statewide assessment tests (NeSA) to measure for reading, writing, and math proficiency over the last five years. Overall, test scores have risen for all groups since 2010, but students who receive a free or reduced lunch (FRL) test proficient at rates much lower than their higher income peers, indicating that there is an achievement gap based on socioeconomic status. It’s even more concerning that students of color in all income categories test proficient at rates similar to lower income White students.
Pottawattamie schools use the Iowa Assessment Tests in math and reading to annually test for proficiency. Since 2011, the disparity between races has increased. Students who receive a free or reduced lunch have consistently tested proficient around 10% lower than all students.
It’s also important to consider these findings over time to understand how our schools are trending. While there are disparities based on socioeconomic status and race/ethnicity, overall, proficiency rates are improving in local schools.
Douglas & Sarpy County Third Grade Reading
Pottawattamie County Third Grade Reading