The Need for Reform

Nebraska enjoys a great tradition of high quality K-12 education. But, in recent years, we’ve fallen behind, despite spending more.
Education Spending Per Student

In 1990, Nebraska spent less per pupil than the national average. As of 2010, Nebraska spends significantly more, yet student outcomes have failed to keep pace with the national rate of improvement.

4th Grade Reading Performance

In 1992, white 4th graders in Nebraska performed as well as white students nationally in reading. Black and Latino students in Nebraska performed better than the national average. Two decades later, white students in Nebraska performed worse than the national average. Black students also performed worse.

8th Grade Math Performance

In 1992, white and Latino students in Nebraska outperformed the national average in math. Black students performed the same. Two decades later white, black, and Latino students in Nebraska performed worse than the national average.

Graduation Gaps and Rates

Nebraska has some of the the largest achievements gaps in the nation, across multiple subjects and grades. Nebraska’s black male graduation rate is 50%, the second lowest in the country.