Nevada Achievement School District Eligibility List Submitted to State Board of Education

Immediate Release


Las Vegas, NV - November 14, 2016

The Nevada Department of Education (NDE) submitted the list of Nevada Achievement School District (NVASD) conversion eligible schools to the State Board of Education. The NVASD is tasked with providing up to six, high quality, in neighborhood public school options to students in underperforming public schools; each year.

“After a thoughtful and thorough review of recent and historical data that included evidence of academic success, graduation rates, school climate and safety, and other indicators of school quality we now have a strong understanding of which schools would be best served by the Nevada Achievement School District,” said Steve Canavero, Ph.D., Superintendent of Public Instruction. “These are the schools most in need of assistance. With today’s submission to the State Board of Education we are one step closer to providing families with children in these struggling schools access to a great education.”

The school recommendations are 26 percent of the 34 eligible schools in the State this year. The data show that schools recommended for conversion to the NV ASD have only 21 percent of students proficient in reading and 13 percent of students proficient in math.

To identify the maximum six schools that could become NVASD schools annually, NDE and the Nevada State Board of Education engage in a lengthy and thorough data analysis. Today, November 15, a minimum of 20 percent of the schools on the Rising Stars list go before the State Board. The board will then review current and historical school data to inform its approval of a minimum of 50 percent of the schools identified.

By February 1, 2017, NVASD will select no more than six schools for transformation off of the final list from the State Board. A critical step in the success of the process will be to hear from the parents and families whose children currently attend these schools to align the efforts to the vision for their school, and their student.

Parents and families are encouraged to visit www.destinationfivestars.org or call 702.758.4174 to request additional information or a meeting with the NV ASD team.


Background:


NVASD, which was authorized by AB 448 during the 2015 Legislature, partners with communities, families and approved school operators to transform the state’s lowest performing schools beginning in the 2017-18 school year. The goal of the initiative is to provide high quality options to the students who need it most and turn chronically underperforming schools into high-quality, in-neighborhood schools that provide exceptional opportunities for students and prepare them for success in the global 21st century. The NVASD does this through neighborhood school transformation, the addition and expansion of high-quality in-neighborhood seats and partnering with local districts on current and future efforts to change the trajectory of underperforming 

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