Nearly half the families in the metro area with school-age children face poverty. An important part of our mission is to help the community understand how poverty disruupts learning. Explore the data and please share with others.

Increase in Percent of Families Qualifying for Free & Reduced-Price Lunch

Source: Nebraska Department of Education


Proficiency Gap Narrows

See promising outcomes in third grade

A New Start

Learning Community school districts are making progress improving student achievement. The snapshot above shows major gains but also illustrates the challenge. 71% proficiency for children in poverty is unacceptable but we do see strong and more consistent progress.

Source: Nebraska Dept of Education,3rd Grade NeSA, 2010-2011, 2015-2016

What is the proficiency gap?

The proficiency gap is a major challenge for Learning Community school districts large and small. How do you determine the proficiency gap? It is the difference between test scores of children living in poverty with students from homes with more stable incomes