Published Online: January 3, 2006

Nevada's State Highlights

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Vital Statistics
Public schools 545
Public school teachers 20,234
Pre-K-12 students 385,401
Annual pre-K-12 expenditures $2.3 billion
Minority students 49.2%
Children in poverty 19%
Students with disabilities 11.7%
English-language learners 18.1%

Summary of Grades

Nevada scores below average in two of the four graded policy categories in Quality Counts.

The state performs at the national average for policies related to standards and accountability. The American Federation of Teachers has rated the state’s standards in the four core subjects as clear, specific, and grounded in content at nearly all grade spans. The exceptions are elementary-level standards in science and social studies. The state also falters on some of the school accountability indicators. For example, it does not sanction all low-performing schools or reward high-performing or improving schools.

In teacher quality, Nevada posts a below-average grade. But it earns full credit for indicators that capture state efforts to hold schools and teacher-preparation programs accountable for teacher quality. For example, state policy limits out-of-field teaching.

Nevada outscores only a handful of states in school climate. This is due in part to its poor showing on indicators related to school size and school facilities. Compared to the average state, a much lower percentage of students in Nevada attend smaller schools. In addition, Nevada does not provide funding for school construction.

Nevada ranks first in the nation for resource equity. Its score on the wealth-neutrality measure indicates that its poorer districts tend to have higher per-pupil funding levels than wealthier districts do. Nevada is one of only 10 states in which this pattern is found.

State Policy Report Card
NevadaAvg. State Score
Standards and accountability B- B-
Efforts to improve teacher quality C C+
School climate C- C+
Resource equity A- C
Overall Grade B- C+
Quality Counts Grading Breakdown
Standards and accountability Points awardedPoints possible
Standards 35.83 40
Assessment 20.91 30
School accountability 24 30
81 100
Efforts to improve teacher quality Points awardedPoints possible
Teacher education and qualifications 25.81 35
Teacher assessment 21.3 30
Professional support and training 13.5 20
Accountability for teacher quality 15 15
76 100
School climate Points awardedPoints possible
Engagement 8 15
School safety 16.75 20
Parent involvement 10.95 15
Choice and autonomy 15 20
Class size 9.89 10
School size 5 10
School facilities 5 10
71 100
Resource equity Points awardedPoints possible
Wealth-neutrality score 33.33 33.3
McLoone Index 33.33 33.3
Coefficient of variation 25 33.3
92 100
Note: Details may not sum to totals due to rounding.

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