According to the 2019 National Report Card, Grade 4 students in Nevada scored 4 points below the national public average and Grade 8 students in Nevada scored 7 points below the national public average. With only 34% of Grade 4 students (up 3% from 2017) and 26% of Grade 8 students (down 1% from 2017) in Nevada scoring math proficiency, Nevada ranked sixth from the last for Grade 4 math and 8th from the last for Grade 8 math. While Nevada beats several states such as California in math performance, it only ranked 50th overall in K-12 education (above only New Mexico) when adding scores on school finance and “chance for success”.
School and Teacher Evaluation in Nevada
Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI) claimed that the state’s math education has not seen much improvement due to lack of accountability. For example, under the evaluation systems used by the Clark County School District, more than 100 district schools have received failing grades from the state for years, including at least one school with 99% of students below grade level in math. Yet, school officials proudly claimed that the district has not had a single ineffective principal or administrator for at least the past four years. Moreover, only 0.1% of teachers were evaluated for the 2017-2018 school year, resulting in insufficient measures.
2021 School District Performance in Nevada
Nevada has a total of 9 school districts. According to the U.S. Department of Education, Eureka County School District is #1 Best School District in Nevada, followed by Douglas County School District in #2, and Storey County School District in #3. These rankings are based on state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings, and more.
|Rank||School District||Rank||School District|
|#1||Eureka County School District||#6||Carson City School District|
|#2||Douglas County School District||#7||Lincoln County School District|
|#3||Storey County School District||#8||Churchill County School District|
|#4||Washoe County School District||#9||Clark County School District|
|#5||Pershing County School District|
Based on the state test scores, 42% of students in Eureka County School District (rank #1) are proficient in math; 39% of students in Washoe County School District (rank #4) are proficient in math; 34% of students in Clark County School District (rank #9) are proficient in math. One of the main factors that leads to different math proficiency levels includes the student-teacher ratio. School districts with higher rankings such as Eureka County School District tend to have lower student-teacher ratios (5:1) compared to those with lower rankings such as Washoe County School District (18:1) and Clark County School District (22:1). To avoid high student-teacher ratios, 1-to-1 and small group math programs give each student the focus and attention they need, providing on-time instructions.
While there are long-term fixes to be made to Nevada’s math educational system, specialized math tutors can close the students’ learning gaps and re-establish their confidence in math. At Math Project, we provide regular math assessments to keep a close eye on our students’ progress, and communicate with parents to ensure they are mastering the concepts. All of Math Project’s teachers go through a rigorous screening process that requires them to demonstrate a record of excellence in university level math, mentorship, and leadership skills.
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State Performance Compared to the Nation – https://www.nationsreportcard.gov/
Nevada ranks 35th in nation for academic achievement, 50th overall in K-12 education report card – https://thenevadaindependent.com/
Nevada’s education woes reflect a lack of accountability, not insufficient funding – https://www.npri.org/
2021 Best School Districts in Nevada – https://www.niche.com/