Nevada Achievement School District Passes Milestone in Effort to Serve Students in Struggling Schools

Immediate Release


Greg Bortolin
Carson City, NV - September 20, 2016

The Nevada Department of Education (NDE) submitted final regulatory language to the Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau today that will formalize the process by which the Nevada Achievement School District (NVASD) can provide up to six, high quality, in neighborhood school options to students in underperforming public schools; each year.

“Nevada is one step closer to creating new high quality options for the 60,000 students currently enrolled in underperforming schools,” said Steve Canavero, Ph.D., Superintendent of Public Instruction. “These regulations were made better by the feedback we received from stakeholders and demonstrate the Department’s desire to work in partnership with districts to do whatever it takes to improve student outcomes.”

To identify the maximum six schools that could become convert to NVASD schools annually, NDE and the Nevada State Board of Education will engage in a lengthy and thorough data analysis . The initial list of NVASD eligible schools will be released by NDE on October 15. That list will then be narrowed to focus on the schools that could be best served partnering with NVASD.

On November 15, a minimum of 20 percent of the schools on the original list will 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 on the second list. By February 1, 2017, NVASD will select no more than six schools for transformation off of the final list from the 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.

“Every Nevada family should have access to a great school,” Canavero said. “The NVASD is a powerful new tool to help us achieve that goal. Our job is not to make excuses or tell families to wait. It is to identify the schools that need the most immediate assistance, roll up our sleeves, and deliver a high quality education for communities that for too long have been underserved.”

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 schools.


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