2015 Legislative Session Program and Initiatives Updates


Quarterly Updates

Implementation Report

Bill # Description Board Responsibilities NDE Staff Responsibilities Actions Taken to Date
Makes various changes regarding the licensure of educational personnel. 
(BDR 34-315)    
  Educator licensure office may issue licenses to non-US citizens with proper request from school district/charter school. Fact Sheet

Licensure Application updated and District Notification Form created
AB30  Revises provisions relating to plans to improve the achievement of pupils enrolled in public schools in this State. (BDR 34-312)  

Changes STIP due date to March 31st annually and adds requirements to be included in STIP: manner of remediation provided to pupils; literacy skill improvement; and ELL improvement. Adds requirement to review school improvement plans submitted by districts to determine common problems and for recommendations of how NDE can best support needs of schools.  

2016 STIP 
Makes various changes relating to the education of veterans and their dependents. (BDR 34-296)
  1) Add identifier for military children 2) Share pupil aggregate data of children of military parents with the Interagency Council on Veterans Affairs Included in IC student information system
Revises provisions relating to reports of accountability for public schools. 
(BDR 34-407)
  Changes to SAIN and data collection/reporting NV Report Card data will released 10/2016
Revises provisions governing the policy concerning a safe and respectful learning environment for children enrolled in public schools throughout the State. (BDR 34-220)   
Include provisions
 in regulations for model 
anti-bullying policy
Training from 
SRLE Office
 Regulation Workshop 8/13/15-Request Documentation

Draft of proposed language
Establishes the Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship Program. (BDR 34-747) SCHOOL CHOICE

Provide information on website; reporting on student achievement: adopt regulations

Webpage Launched  (Updates are made to this page)

Temporary regulations adopted June 25, 2015.

Guidance Memo 15-05 

Regulations adopted June 14, 2016



Provides for the establishment of the State Seal of Biliteracy Program. (BDR 34-526)
  Design seal; provide information on website; reporting on student achievement; adopt regulations if necessary Guidance Memo 15-17

State Seal of Biliteracy Program.

Requires the Legislative Committee on Education to consider matters relating to certain mentorship programs. 
(BDR S-116)
  Respond to requests from Legislative Committee on Education on mentorship programs. SBE June 16, 2016 Support Materials Consent Agenda 6d
Revises provisions relating to data concerning pupils. (BDR 34-147) STUDENT DATA PRIVACY
  Review data privacy policy; enhance reporting and review all contracts; adopt plan for data security Student Privacy Page
Enacts provisions related to multicultural education. 
(BDR 34-102)
  Academic Standards review; COPS to make regulatory changes Advisory Work Group formed by NDE

Regulation Workshop scheduled for
 Nov 18, 2015 Item #8

 Workgroup recommendations
Revises provisions governing class-size reduction.
 (BDR 34-749)
  Formalize policies, review, and guidance  
Revises provisions relating to certain hearings concerning pupils with disabilities. (BDR 34-620)
Adopt regulations for hearing process and training Provide lists of hearing officers; post information Workshop August 25, 2016
Draft of Proposed Regulations

Dispute Resolution
Revises provisions relating to pupils with disabilities. (BDR 34-832)
Update regulations for dyslexia instruction 
Publish dyslexia resource guide Draft of Proposed Regulations

Workshop August 25, 2015

Creates an advisory committee and a technical committee to develop a plan to reorganize the Clark County School District and revises certain provisions related to collective bargaining. 
(BDR 22-900) 
Appoint one 
member of Technical 
Advisory Committee; 
adopt regulations 
to carry out plan (estimated July 2017)
  SBE Minutes 7.23.15 (pg 7, appointment of Member Serafin) 

Regulation Public Hearing Scheduled for Sept 1, 2016
Creates the Spending and Government Efficiency Commission for public education in this State.
 (BDR S-1083)
  Staff SAGE commission meetings and reporting SAGE Commission
Revises provisions relating to the statewide educator performance evaluation system. (BDR 34-1120) NEPF
Update regulations on evaluation system; set rules for other licensed personnel  

 (R021-16) was passed by the Legislative Commission on Nov 2, 2016

Revises provisions relating to education. (BDR 34-746) ACHIEVEMENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
Review any schools eligible for conversion Appoint executive director; adopt regulations

ASD Page 

Public Workshop August 27, 2015 


Draft of Proposed Regulations


Regulation Public Hearing scheduled for Sept 7, 2016

Makes various changes relating to the compensation of certain public school employees. (BDR 34-1198)PAY FOR PERFORMANCE
NOTE: While no Board or Department 
action is 
required by this bill, the Board will receive a 
report from 
districts in 2016.
  Guidance Memo 15-08 
 SBE Support Materials, June 16 (All Items #11)
Revises provisions relating to the provision of public education to pupils with disabilities. (BDR 34-311)

Update special education regulations    
Regulation Workshop August 27, 2015 -request documentation

Draft of Proposed Regulations

Workshop August 25,2016

Revises provisions relating to public schools. (BDR 34-316)

Update distance education regulations Appoint new PIFE Council member; consider allocation of certain special education units to private schools Regulation Workshop 
May 22, 2015 Minutes

New PIFE Council member appointed 
Revises provisions governing the administration of certain examinations. (BDR 34-472)
Prescribe minimum # days of instruction and CRT testing window   SBE Support Materials Item #9. 9/3/15
SB92  Revises provisions relating to education. (BDR 34-485) Establish criteria for turnaround school designation; update NEPF regulations to allow for no student data at turnaround schools in certain instances Update SAIN collection/reporting Guidance Memo 15-12 

Workshop August 27, 2017-request documentation

Regulation Public Hearing scheduled for Sept 7, 2016
Authorizes the reimbursement of teachers for certain out-of-pocket expenses.
 (BDR 34-118)
  Establish reimbursement account procedures; distribute funding Guidance Memo 15-03

Request for Data- Teachers' School Supplies Reimbursement
(Due August 26,2015

 Guidance Memo 15-16

SB 133 Funding Awards 

Revises provisions relating to plans to be used by a school in responding to a crisis or emergency. (BDR 34-404)
  Establish process for filing notices; develop model safety plan SBE June 16, 2016 Consent Agenda 6a
Establishes a program by which a child enrolled in a licensed private school may receive a grant of money in an amount equal to a certain percentage of the per-pupil amount apportioned to the resident school district of the child. (BDR 34-567)
  Assist in adopting regulations; notify Treasurer of statewide average basic support guarantee; reporting on student achievement; apportion funds pursuant to law; develop standard form for opt-in children to participate in certain programs and activities Treasurer's Office held Regulation Workshop
July 17, 2015

Enrollment opens August 1st 
Authorizes the governing body of a private school or a university school for profoundly gifted pupils to provide a program of distance education. (BDR 34-1032)
Update distance education regulations if needed    
Makes an appropriation to the Clark County School District to carry out a program of peer evaluations of teachers. (BDR S-763)   Confirm payment is made to CCSD by Department of Administration. Payment made to Clark County School District 2.5.16
Revises provisions relating to safety in or at a public school. (BDR 34-870   Staff advisory committee beginning in August; superintendent or designee serves as committee member; establish program and hotline by January 1, 2016  Committee Report
Revises provisions governing educational instruction in the subject of reading. (BDR 34-644) 
Prescribe literacy  assessments; prescribe training/duties for learning strategists; prescribe assessment score and alternatives (immediately by policy, regulations to follow)                 Prescribe due date and form for plans; approve plans; distribute grants; update SAIN collection/reporting; evaluation and reporting

Memo 15-14

SBE June 16, 2016 Item #9

Revises provisions relating to the protection of children. (BDR 38-264)
  Academic Standards revised; develop program recommendations Awaiting Recommendations from Advisory Committee
Expands the program of Zoom schools and the provision of programs and services to children who are limited English proficient in certain other schools. (BDR S-887)
Prescribe list of incentives; prescribe criteria for notifying of need for corrective action; prescribe performance levels; recommendation legislation on long-term LEP Submit first legislative report by August 17; distribute funding/grants; evaluation, reporting and recommendations; gather information on staffing
Rural districts and Charter Authority notified of allocations via memo. 


Provides for the distribution of money to certain public schools designated as Victory schools. (BDR S-1187) CREATE VICTORY SCHOOLS  
Prescribe list of incentives; review performance 
in 2016
Review/approve plans; evaluation and reporting
 Victory Schools & Supplemental Guidance Document 
List of schools released June 1, 2015. 


Guidance Memo 15-07 
 Guidance Memo Revised

Revises provisions related to the statewide system of accountability for public schools. (BDR 34-1108)

Adopt regulations  

to prescribe  

alternative performance framework 

Adopt regulations 
governing procedure 
to restart 
charter schools

Regulation Workshop September 15, 2015 request documentation

SBE June 16, 2016 Item #10

Draft of Proposed Regulations

Revises provisions relating to education. 
(BDR 34-411)
  Consider these requirements for data privacy plan under AB221  
Makes various changes concerning the professional development of teachers, school administrators and other educational personnel. (BDR 34-1183) GREAT TEACHING & LEADING FUND
Board President to appoint two members of the Board to Task Force board to approve grants in Fall 2015; establish priorities for 2016-17 Prescribe form; appoint committee to evaluate applications; recommend grants; staff Task Force; evaluation and reporting Application 

Guidance Memo 15-03


Board Approved 15-16 awards &
15-16 GTLF Awards

2015-2016 Great Teaching/Leading Funds distributed to awardees & RFA Released for 16-17 GTLF Grant on June 8, 2016


Provides for the award of a grant to a nonprofit organization for use in Fiscal Year 2015-2016 and Fiscal Year 2016-2017 for the recruitment of persons to establish and operate high quality charter schools to serve families with the greatest needs. (BDR S-1189) CHARTER SCHOOL HARBOR MASTER
  Participate in RFP process Charter School Harbor Master


Board of Examiners April 2016

Opportunity 180 

SB503 Provides for the creation and implementation of the Breakfast After the Bell Program (BDR 34-1200)   Assist districts with reporting; consider impact on "school in session" NAC NAC 387
Amends provisions relating to a safe and respectful learning environment in public schools. (BDR 34-1201) ANTI-BULLYING
Update regulations for model anti-bulling policy. 
 (See also SB206 which contains provisions that 
may impact the policy but do not require action.)
 Appoint Director,establish hotline and website; provide training; establish policy for complaints Regulation Workshop scheduled
August 13, 2015 request documentation

Hotline Vendor under consideration   

Safe and Respectful Learning    

 Press Release: Director Office for a Safe and Respectful Learning Environment 

SBE June 16, 2016 Support Materials (Item #8)  


Draft of Proposed Regulations

Revises provisions governing the Nevada Plan. (BDR 34-1184) MODERNIZE NEVADA PLAN
Adopt regulations for special education contingency account Prescribe process to reconcile enrollment count information; develop implementation plan and reporting by October 2016 Guidance Memo 15-04

SBE June 16, 2016
 Item #7

SB509  Makes various changes to provisions governing charter schools. (BDR 34-1090)   Determine changes to charter regulations; adopt any necessary revisions Workshop December 14, 2015 request documentation 
SB511 Establishes the Teach Nevada Scholarship Program and incentives for new teachers in certain schools. (BDR 34-1277)
Adopt regulations for Teach Nevada scholarships; approve 
allocation of
 teacher incentives; allocate 

Ensures sufficient funding for K-12 public education for the 2015-2017 biennium. (BDR 34-1284)
  Distribute funding as required