According to the second edition of Scholaroo’s States with the Best & Worst Education report – the first national study to analyze the nation’s public school system through 43 metrics ranging from high school graduation rate, expulsion rate, and college entrance – Nevada students have one of the worst student performances in the entire country, ranking 45th for Student Success, 50th for School Safety, and 46th for School Quality, lending to an overall score of 49th in the nation. In comparison, Arizona ranks dead last, Louisiana is 48th, and New Jersey takes home the gold, ranking number one.
Nevada students have the worst performance in reading, math, and science tests;
Only 87% of high school students graduate, one of the lowest rates in the entire country;
Nevada students have the lowest ACT test scores in 2022;
- Overall, Nevada ranks 49th in the nation.
On the bright side, Nevada gets good marks when it comes to the absence of bullying, placing 4th behind Georgia, Texas, and Ohio. Nevada school may have less bullies roaming the halls, but they also have less critical thinkers, literate pupils, and graduates.
Clark County School District (CCSD), the fifth largest school district in the nation, has implemented a variety of changes to improve scores and graduation rates. Yet, according to this report, the changes to a pass/fail grading system, SEL learning, and restorative justice disciplinary guidelines have not yielded improvements in educational outcomes.
As reported by The Globe, Governor Lombardo has issued an executive order to audit all seventeen public school districts in Nevada which follows his historic education budget which allocates $2 billion dollars to the districts. Following a historic billion dollar “investment” (tax increase) in 2015 to “reform education,” this latest multi-billion dollar allocation is intended to, once again, “fix education” in Nevada. Democrats have countered Governor Lombardo’s proposal by demanding an additional $250 million for teacher and support staff pay raises.
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