Under AQuESTT, public schools and districts will continue to administer the NeSA tests for Reading, Mathematics, Science, and Writing.
In 2014, the Nebraska legislature enacted legislation requiring a new accountability system for public schools and districts. The new system is AQuESTT – Accountability for a Quality Education System Today and Tomorrow.
The previous system, Nebraska Performance Accountability System (NePAS), relied solely on ranking public school and district performance on state assessments and graduation rates. AQuESTT integrates components of accountability, including performance on state assessments and graduation, school and district accreditation, college and career ready education, and the effective use of data into a system of school improvement and support.
The six AQuESTT tenets are College and Career Ready; Assessment; Educator Effectiveness; Positive Partnerships, Relationships, and Student Success; Transitions; and Educational Opportunities and Access. The tenets represent key investments the State Board of Education believes are necessary for a quality education system. The tenets reflect effective practices for schools that will ensure success for every student.
The tenets are intended to provide a framework for Nebraska’s accountability system and are associated with research-based practices of effective schools and increased student achievement. Measureable indicators of the tenets will be used to classify school and district performance and designate schools most need of assistance to improve.
AQuESTT imposes no new requirements for schools and districts. AQuESTT supports the requirements for school and district accreditation that are already in place.
AQuESTT does not replace the continuous school process. It provides systems of support that are closely aligned with effective continuous school improvement processes that schools and districts are already implementing.
School and district performance based on 2014–2015 data will be announced in the fall of 2015. Schools in most need of assistance to improve will be designated in the fall of 2015.