Our State. Our Students. Our Success.
Who: Nevada Ready! is a statewide initiative led by the Nevada Department of Education and the Nevada Board of Education, and is financially supported by the Nevada Public Education Foundation. The Department is partnering with the Nevada System of Higher Education, local school districts, and public and private organizations and agencies.
What: The Nevada Ready! initiative will raise awareness of the state's public school standards, which define what students are expected to learn and be able to do as they move from grade to grade. Although standards are not new to education in Nevada, today's students are being taught under more challenging standards to prepare them for college and the modern workplace and to place Nevada's education system on par with every other state in our great nation. Virtually all our state's education initiatives are built upon these standards -- with the goal of increasing expectations of what our students will know and master to be college and career ready, and equipped to compete globally.
How: Through a comprehensive communications initiative, Nevada Ready! will provide information to help educators, students, parents, community leaders and others understand the standards of education adopted by the Department and Board, the tests that will be given to assess student and teacher performance and ways to use those results to help students, educators, schools and school districts reach these new, rigorous standards.
Why: The Nevada Ready! initiative started with a focus on implementation of new standards for English language arts and mathematics (commonly referred to as the Common Core State Standards), but also addresses new science standards adopted by the State Board of Education in February 2014 and standards in many other subject areas including social studies, the arts, pre-K/early learning, and career and technical education.
With more rigorous standards for learning come enhanced assessments. Because the new tests are based on higher expectations, new assessment data may show that fewer students score at a proficient level. Modernizing our expectations and updating our approach to education will not be an overnight project, but preparing our children for global competition is a shared responsibility for the entire state to embrace.
A continued focus on raising academic expectations for students and improving educator effectiveness will lead to a stronger system of public education in Nevada and ensure all Nevadans are ready for success in the 21st Century.