Carson City, NV - January 09, 2014
Education Week released today its 18th annual edition of Quality Counts, considered by many to be the most comprehensive ongoing assessment of the state of American education. As in prior years, Nevada's grades in the report rank amongst the lowest in the nation in a number of key education categories, including the Chance for Success Index (51st with a D), the K-12 Achievement Index (36th with a D+), Standards, Assessments, and Accountability (45th with a C), and School Finance (48th with a D). However, the report shows that Nevada ranks relatively high in a number of K-12 achievement indicators related to reading and math performance and high school graduation.
The report acknowledges the gains made in certain academic areas by Nevada students over the past ten years. Between 2003 and 2013, Nevada experienced the third highest gains on the NAEP 8th grade reading assessment and ninth highest gains on the NAEP 4th grade reading assessment. Score gains in Nevada were 6.8 and 9.4 for grades 4 and 8, respectively. The national average gains on the NAEP reading assessments were 4.2 and 4.7 for grades 4 and 8, respectively. Additionally, between 2003 and 2013, Nevada experienced a 10.2-point gain on the
NAEP 8th grade math assessment, placing it tenth in the nation for such gains.
Based on data from the class of 2010, the report ranks Nevada 48th in the nation for high school graduation rate. However, between 2000 and 2010, Nevada experienced a 7.4% increase in its graduation rate, the 17th greatest increase in the nation.
"The Quality Counts report highlights the critical need to continue reforming education in Nevada," said Superintendent of Public Instruction Dale Erquiaga. "I am pleased to see Nevada is making incremental achievement gains over time, but our overall performance continues to lag behind other states. These rankings are one more reminder that Nevada must do more to ensure our students are ready for college and careers."
The Quality Counts report is published annually by the Editorial Projects in Education, a nonprofit organization that works to raise awareness about education issues in America and also publishes Education Week. The full Quality Counts 2014 report and interactive state report cards can be found at www.edweek.org/go/qc14.