Elementary School Math Scores Rise on Smarter Balanced Assessment

Immediate Release


Greg Bortolin
Carson City, NV - September 14, 2017

For Immediate Release

Statewide, Nevada’s elementary school students improved their math scores on the Smarter Balanced Assessment 2.06 points to 40.65 percent proficiency. Complete results will be available at the Nevada Department of Education’s site: www.NevadaReportCard.com beginning Friday.

“The state has set an ambitious goal to become the fastest improving state in the nation and it’s good to see some progress at the lower grade levels,” said Steve Canavero, Ph.D., Superintendent of Public Instruction. “The Governor’s education reform programs such as Read by Grade 3, Zoom and Victory are beginning to make a difference.”

Dale Norton, Nye County Schools Superintendent said his district’s improvement is the result of years of focus.

“More than four years ago the district underwent an assessment which clearly identified math as a primary need,” Norton said. “Our goal was to support all our students K-12, as well as align our resources and strategies with the Nevada Academic Content Standards. This, coupled with a renewed focus on collaboration time, professional development, and monitoring the growth of each student through the NWEA Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment, resulted in improved student outcomes in math.”

The Nye County School District saw healthy gains in their math assessment results, rising 5.17 points to 38.63 percent proficiency among elementary school students and 2.31 points to 22.86 percent proficiency among middle school students.

“While our scores are not yet where we want them to be, we are very happy with the hard work, time, effort, and energy put into our focus on math,” Norton said. “Nye County School District has exceptional staff that care about our students and who are eager to help us reach our goal to be the fastest growing educational district in the state of Nevada.”

The Clark County School District (CCSD) saw its elementary school math scores rise 2.29 points to 40.22 percent proficiency and rose 0.27 points in middle school math to 24.36 percent proficiency.

“The district's improvement in elementary math scores is something to be proud of," said Mike Barton, Ph.D., CCSD Chief Academic Officer. "This is an acknowledgement of the great work of our principals and teachers in the classroom, who work directly with students on math concepts and problem solving. I know we are capable of continued growth and gains, and I look forward to our future progress."

The Carson City School District saw its elementary math scores rise 3.66 points to 36.89 percent proficiency and middle school math scores rise 1.16 points to 24.40 percent proficiency.

"As teachers become more and more comfortable with teaching the new standards and because we are implementing a new curriculum this year, we anticipate that scores will continue to rise," said Ricky Medina, Ph.D., director of accountability and assessment at Carson City School District.

Statewide, middle school math scores remained flat, rising 0.1 points to 25.65. One reason given for the low proficiency rate for middle school students is that many eighth graders are already taking the Algebra End of Course exam and not taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment. English Language Arts (ELA) scores fell slightly. Elementary school students ELA scores fell .81 points to 47.06 percent proficiency and middle school ELA scores fell .06 points to 45.17 percent proficiency.

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