Scores drop in tougher Nebraska writing tests
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Authorities say less than 65 percent of Nebraska eighth- and 11th-graders met or exceeded the state's tougher writing standards in statewide tests.
A news release Tuesday from the Nebraska Education Department says about 63 percent of Nebraska's public school eighth-graders and about 62 percent of the 11th-graders met or beat the standards.
The results are based on a tougher testing process that also measured new standards that focused on college and career readiness. Officials say the 2011-2012 results should not be compared to results from previous years because of differences in the testing process.
The department says that under the scoring method used since 2001, 92 percent of the state's fourth-graders met or exceeded the writing standards. Next year the fourth-graders' writing responses will be scored under the new method.
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