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Nevada's Education System Ranks at Bottom

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Education reform is slated to be at the top of the list in the upcoming legislative session, especially with another report coming out, listing Nevada's school system at the bottom.

This year's "Quality Counts" report, published by Education Week, ranked all 50 states and the District of Columbia on a wide range of factors. Once again Nevada came in nearly dead last, with an overall grade of 69.7, just barely edging out South Dakota for last place.

"It is heartbreaking when you see over and over again, towards the bottom or at the bottom," Washoe County School District Accountability and Research Director Ben Hayes said. "Our graduation rate across the state is at the bottom no matter how you look at it."

Along with graduation rates, the study looked at access to early and pre-K education, per-pupil spending, transitions from high school to college and the workforce, and even the social climate in schools.

Nevada lost points with particularly low scores on economic conditions that help students succeed, like the number of parents with college degrees and the unemployment rate among parents.

Nevada also got docked for funding education, which is something Hayes said they are hoping to change in the upcoming legislative session.

"More funding is always going to help us do better," Hayes said. "The answer is not to throw money at the problem, the answer is to invest in good solutions, and I think when we've gotten more money in the past we've been able to invest in good solutions."

Although Nevada as a whole scored badly, in many of the categories, Washoe County's scores were much higher. Hayes said if Washoe County were its own state, it would have scored somewhere in the middle.

Maryland scored highest on the list for the second year in a row, with 87.5 percent. The nation overall scored 76.9 percent.

Written by Arianna Bennett

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