Education Week's Quality Counts Report Ranks Nevada Last



Greg Bortolin
Carson City, NV - January 04, 2017

Immediate Release

Education Week released its annual state education rankings today and Nevada’s 51st ranking remained unchanged.
“Reports like Quality Counts are precisely why Nevada created two dozen new programs, allocated $343 million to fund those programs, and began a consistent improvement process to ensure these new programs are effectively serving kids,” said Steve Canavero, Ph.D., Superintendent of Public Instruction. “This report tells us where Nevada was, not where we are going.”
Nevada earns a D+ in the Chance-for-Success category and ranks 50th. The average state earns a C+. In School Finance, Nevada receives a D- and ranks 47th. For the K-12 Achievement Index, last updated in the 2016 report, Nevada finishes 38th with a grade of D. The average state earns grades of C and C- in School Finance and K-12 Achievement, respectively. The school finance data used is from 2014 and does not reflect the significant increase in funding as a result of the 2015 state budget.
“Today’s announcement serves as another stark reminder that all Nevadans deserve a better education system and the initiatives and reforms in place from the 2015 session must remain if we are to deliver better schools for all our children,” said Steve Canavero, Ph.D., Superintendent of Public Instruction. “I don’t dispute the findings, but the investments and reforms that were put forward by Governor Sandoval and passed by the Legislature in 2015 have only begun to take root and are not fully measured by this report. If carried out with fidelity and with a focus on student outcomes we believe Nevada can be the fastest improving state in the nation.”
Below is a short summary of education initiatives Nevada’s legislature implemented in 2015: 

  • Zoom Schools provides instructional support for English learners, and early results of the program suggest proficiency gains
  • Victory Schools supports areas of high poverty and addresses teacher transiency and student retention
  • Read by Grade 3 assists schools with literacy plans and learning strategists
  • Social Workers in Schools provides schools with tools to better meet students’ social and emotional needs
  • Nevada Ready 21 increases student capacities in technology literacy
  • Great Teaching and Leading Fund helps Nevada address its teacher shortage
  • Underperforming Turnaround Program gives principals the training and autonomy needed to address specific issues at their schools
  • Achievement School District as a “line in the sand,” where the State will no longer tolerate persistent underperformance


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