Nevada Ranks Last in the Nation for Education
Nevada earns a D on its state report card and ranks 51 in nation according to Education Week's 2016 Quality Counts Report.
The nation receives an overall grade of C on its 2016 report card for education, according to a the new Quality Counts Report released by Education Week.
In that same report, Nevada earns a D on its state report card and ranks 51 in nation. The score is the average of three categories the state is graded on: Chance for Success, K-12 Achievement, and School Finance.
Nevada earns a D in the Chance for Success category and comes in at dead last compared to the other states. The average state earns a C+.
For the K-12 Achievement index, the state finishes 38 with a grade of D.
In the School Finance category, Nevada receives a D and ranks 46,
We asked the Department of Education about how they feel about these ranking.
Steve Canavero, the Nevada Interim Superintendent said, "I was disappointed. Disheartened. We've done a tremendous amount of work.">
The numbers in Education Week's Quality Counts Report shows a harsh reality for Nevada.
"We see ourselves ranked last," said Canavero.
The report measures student achievement in one category. And Nevada children have the lowest chance for academic success in the country according to the data.
"I believe we will continue to make progress. I think the reason why I'm disheartened is not just because of all of the work we have done, but I would just hope that folks don't look at this as indication at where we are presently," said Canavero.
Nevada Interim Superintendent Steve Canavero says the report isn't a perfect measure of where Nevada stands, especially with graduation rates.
"The graduation measure that Quality Counts is two to three years delayed. The good news is in those last two to three years, we've made progress. We're not quite at the national average, we continue to graduate more students than we ever have," said Canavero.
Canavero is talking about how Nevada had a 60% graduation rate in 2012. The report didn't take into account the Silver State granting more than 70% of students with a diploma last year, according to the Department of Education.
"There are cases where we recognize and we do see our progress," said Canavero.
Progress that the Department of Education hopes to see with new programs approved in the last legislative session. Governor Sandoval invested $800 million in K-12 education and allotted almost $135 million in higher education.
We're in the first year of this incredible investment period. We're moving thoughtfully through each of these initiatives and ensuring that the performance measures are there," said Canavero.
High quality preschool and Kindergarden are areas Nevada didn't rate too high on, but Canavero says the future looks promising.
"After this legislative session, the governor's budget includes and the districts have expanded, full-day kindergarden. So for parents who desire full-day kindergarden, now that's a state funded program," said Canavero. "The new investments in pre-K through 12th grade are going to be critical to helping the state move forward. And helping our teachers, our principals, our district administrators, all have access to the resources they need."
Canavero says it will take time for Nevada to come up in it's rankings and in the next year he hopes to see progress made.