Nevada School Performance Framework


The Nevada School Performance Framework (NSPF) is an annual summary of school performance developed by Nevada stakeholders. The NSPF meets State and Federal policy requirements and provides each school level with a unique rating system. The NSPF is a compensatory accountability system made up of a series of Performance Indicators and Measures. This means that low performance in one indicator/measure can be made up for by high performance in another. Performance Indicators are broad general categories within the framework, while Measures are the building blocks of a Performance Indicator. Anchored on statewide performance expectations, schools earn points based on their performance on each Measure. These points are added together to produce an overall summative rating, or a Star Rating.

School performance ratings can be found through the Nevada Report Card website.

    Historical Background

    In December 2015, the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Under ESSA, states are tasked with the responsibility to create or revise their current accountability systems to ensure that states “meaningfully differentiate” schools based on:

    • Academic Proficiency on State assessments;
    • Graduation rates for high school;
    • English Language Proficiency;
    • Growth or other state wide academic indicator for K-8 schools;
    • At least one other State-determined indicator of school quality or student success; and
    • 95% assessment participation rate.

    The NSPF was developed through multiple stakeholder engagements to be:

    • A locally designed accountability system that reports meaningful and actionable data.
    • A tool for parents, students, educators and communities to receive clear and concise information about how their schools are performing on a scale from 1-Star to 5-Stars; 1 Star =Not Meeting Expectations and 5-Stars =Superior.

    As such, the values of school performance are embedded into the NSPF.

    • Measuring School Performance five stars Nevada Department of Education logo Image of Nevada. Blue sky, brown mountain range and brown landscape.   A path winds through the Nevada School Performance Framework values represented as road signs and circles with text.  These values are drivers on Nevada’s’ path to be the fastest improving state in the nation.  Value 1: Commitment to Students.  Our communities are diverse. A great school ensures that students from all backgrounds are succeeding which is why we include the performance of all students in a school rating.   Value 2: English Language Proficiency. Many students in our communities enter school with a limited ability to speak English. We know that learning the English language is a foundation for future success in school and beyond which is why we include the performance of our English Learners and their progress towards English Language Proficiency. Value 3: Emphasis on student growth. Students come to school with diverse backgrounds and school experiences. Great schools make sure all students are growing quickly, regardless of their starting point which is why we include student growth in a schools performance.   Value 4: student engagement. The foundation for any great school is having a strong community where students want to be which is why we include student engagement in a schools performance.  Value 5: focus on college and career readiness. Looking ahead, the most jobs will require training after high school. It’s critical that our students are prepared for college and careers so they can have access to all available opportunities so we have included college and career readiness in a high school performance rating.

    For more information please view the following NSPF Presentation Series: