Nevada Department of Education Celebrates Shining Stars School Success and Announces Rising Stars School List

Immediate Release


Greg Bortolin
Las Vegas, NV - October 14, 2016

Nine schools across four school districts were included today as members of the Nevada Department of Education’s inaugural Shining Stars List.

“The students, teachers, principals, families and everyone at these schools should all be proud of this achievement,” said Steve Canavero, Ph.D., Superintendent of Public Instruction. “Being included on the Shining Stars list recognizes and celebrates achievement at schools that have significantly outperformed the State in serving all students, with an emphasis on closing opportunity gaps.”

Schools recognized for being Shining Stars were either 4 or 5-star schools according to the Nevada School Performance Framework, serve a high percentage of students in poverty, and significantly outperformed the State average (top 10%) on the Smarter Balanced assessment, administered last spring.

Nevada’s 2016 Shining Star Schools are:

1. Ferron Elementary (Clark)
2. Cahlan Elementary School (Clark)
3. Roundy Elementary School (Clark)
4. Southeast Career & Technical Academy (Clark)
5. Veterans Tribute Career & Technical Academy (Clark)
6. East Career & Technical Academy HS (Clark)
7. Dyer Elementary School (Esmerelda)
8. Imlay Elementary School (Pershing)
9. Anderson Elementary School (Washoe)

Vegas Verdes Elementary School (Clark) will also be recognized for making significant improvements as its students were in the top 25% on Smarter Balanced performance and serve a high percentage of high poverty students.

The Nevada Department of Education (NDE) also announced the Nevada Rising Stars Schools list, that will replace the “underperforming schools” list starting next year and this year identifies schools eligible for Department sponsored support and intervention. NDE, in partnership with districts and the community, will utilize this list annually to assist these schools in “rising up” the state’s Star Rating System and delivering a high quality education to historically underserved students.

“Nevada currently has far too many students in struggling schools," Canavero said. "Governor Sandoval and the Nevada Legislature are committed to creating a Nevada where every family has access to a great school. Thanks to new programs such as Zoom and Victory Schools, Read By Grade 3, the Nevada Achievement School District, and others we now have the tools we need to deliver a high quality education to every child.”

During this year of transition to the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act in 2017, NDE has sought to reduce the number of designations to create clarity for schools and LEAs. Schools that are on the 2015 Underperforming Schools list are still the only schools that qualify for Federal monitoring and support in the 2016-17 school year. Going forward federal designations such as Targeted and Comprehensive support schools will also be included on the Rising Stars schools list.