LINCOLN — Nebraska government officials were given a clearer picture of the state’s post-COVID educational standing.

According to testing results released Wednesday, student performance statewide was a mixed bag, compared to a nationwide dip in standardized tests.

The Nebraska Department of Education said language arts tests fell from 48% efficiency to 47%, while math scores for third through sixth graders stayed steady at 46%. Science scores produced the highest proficiency statewide at 66%. It was the first year that the state tested science proficiency.

According to state education officials, math and language scores were slightly above 50% prior to the pandemic.

Families who felt the greatest impact during the pandemic, including those learning English as a second language and those with students of color, were the ones facing the most significant setbacks on the latest round of testing.