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Lincoln Board of Education
November 25, 2014 at 6:00 PM

A message from your Principal

On Oct. 24, the Nebraska Department of Education released the latest (last year’s) Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) information for Southwest High School. This information is not new to us. This federal legislation has been in place since our school opened in 2001. We’ve tracked our progress since that time, every year. We knew from the beginning that when 2013-14 arrived, we would most likely be rated as a “Not Met” school and a “Needs Improvement” school. Having 100% of our students meet 100% of the standards was never realistic—for any school. We have always had students with some deficiencies in skills and our goal was and is always to improve those skills and reduce their deficiencies but some will continue to have them. That’s the challenge of teaching, helping every student increase his/her skills each year and every year. Our goal is to graduate 100% of our students, and we are not there yet, but we will keep trying because every single student counts!

What I hope you as parents gain from this small segment of assessment results is that you see an increasing progression in the percentages of ALL SWHS students meeting or exceeding standards in reading, math, science, and writing. For more results in graphs and charts specific to Southwest High School, check out the Nebraska Department of Education website (http://www.education.ne.gov/, State of the Schools Report, 2013-2014.

Nebraska State Accountability: NeSA Scores Percent Proficient: Meets/Exceeds Combined Results for All Grades Tested: Southwest High School

Year

Reading

Mathematics

Science

Writing

2009-2010

70%

 

 

 

2010-2011

63%

63%

 

 

2011-2012

67%

55%

56%

 

2012-2013

67%

62%

72%

71%^

2013-2014

76%

69%

81%

--^^

^^   In 2014 students in grades 8 and 11 experienced technology issues with the online test. Valid results are not available for all districts or for the state for NeSA-Writing at grades 8 and 11.

Cohort Graduation Rates for AYP

 

 

State

State

District

District

SWHS

SWHS

Cohort Year

Cohort

Grad. Rate

# of Grads.

Grad. Rate

# of Grads.

Grad. Rate

# of Grades

2011

Four-Year

86.07%

19,312

80.74%

2079

92.86%

442

2012

Four-Year

87.63%

19,317

83.26%

2074

92.87%

456

2013

Four-Year

88.49%

19,389

83.71%

2128

93.35%

435

2011

Extended5YR

88.62%

19,957

84.95%

2202

94.76%

452

2012

Extended5YR

90.28%

19, 945

86.99%

2180

95.50%

467

2011

Extended6YR

89.65%

20,210

86.77%

2249

95.37%

453

Southwest

Rating

Federal Accountability (AYP) 2012-2013                     NOT MET

Federal Accountability (AYP) 2013-2014                     NOT MET

AYP Details 2013-2014

Reading: MET

Math: NOT MET

Other Academic Indicators:   MET

In the meantime, we are well into second term and just concluding a great fall sports season and winter sports season practices starting on Nov. 17th, we are forging ahead! In addition, our band achieved their first “Superior” rating in ten years at the state marching band competition on Oct. 25th! So congratulations to all our band students, their instructors, and their parents for all their great support and a great marching band season.

Hugh McDermott, Principal

“Southwest High School Mission Statement—Lincoln Southwest High School will inspire an academic, creative, and flexible learning environment.  Students, faculty, staff, and patrons will be challenged as a COMMUNITY OF LEARNERS to reach their maximum potential in a safe, caring, multicultural, and technological environment.


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