On May 13, the North Platte Public Schools with Osgood Elementary will celebrate the school’s classification as excellent by the Nebraska Department of Education.

The state department of education now rates public schools in six areas, including academics, graduation rates, progress for English Learners, reduction in chronic absenteeism, effective use of data for school improvement and support.

The six general areas:

  • Student engagement through partnerships and relationships.
  • Supports for students transitioning between grade levels, programs, schools, districts, and ultimately, college and careers.
  • Academic assessments
  • Access to comprehensive instructional opportunities.
  • College, Career, and Civic Readiness.
  • Effective teachers and leaders who establish a culture of success.

Osgood elementary was rated excellent in these criteria by the state department of education.

To celebrate, Supt. Ron Hanson will officially present the AQUESTT banner at 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 13 at Osgood Elementary. A student, staff and family barbeque will follow and then a field day.

Nebraskaland National Bank will grill the BBQ lunch, organizers said.

AQUESTT stands for Accountability for a Quality Education System, Today and Tomorrow.

Osgood was ranked 84th in the state, out of 450 elementary schools, in 2017-18, based on assessment scores and other criteria, the website “School Digger” reported. Osgood moved ahead by 61 places compared to the previous year.

The average school score was 90.8%  in math, science and English, the website said.

Nebraska schools are ranked: Excellent, Great, Good, and Needs Improvement.