August 17, 2021
CITY, Nev. – On Thursday,
July 15, the Nevada State Board of Education (Board) officially adopted its Vision
and five-year Goals to support student success. Details and guardrails
supporting the Vision and Goals will be further discussed at the Nevada State Board of Education meeting on Thursday, August 19, at 2:00 PM.
Vision statement is: All Nevada students are equipped and feel empowered to attain
their vision of success.
The two Goals
- From Top 20 to Top 10: Move up in State rankings from 18th
in September 2020 to Top 10 by July 2026, as measured by Academic portions of
Quality Counts K-12 Student Achievement.
- 50% Achieve CCR Diploma: Increase the overall number of students
receiving the College and Career Ready (CCR) diploma from 23.9% in July 2021 to
50% by July 2026 and eliminate gaps of student groups while raising the overall
that student outcomes don’t change until adult behaviors change,” said Felicia
Ortiz, President of the State Board of Education. “With these Goals and Vision
in place, our Board and the team at the Nevada Department of Education are signaling
our unwavering commitment to do the work necessary to improve outcomes for all
of Nevada’s students, especially those who have been historically underserved.”
and Vision set by the Board build on the foundation of The Nevada Department of
Education’s (NDE) five-year strategic plan, known as the Statewide
Plan for the Improvement of Pupils
(STIP). The STIP is the operational plan to help realize the Board’s Goals.
the State Board of Education for establishing an ambitious Vision and Goals,”
said Jhone Ebert, Superintendent of Public Instruction. “For improvement to
take hold, Goals must be coupled with thoughtful plans, clear roles, and
effective follow-through. The team at NDE stands ready to support these Goals
while keeping our Values at the center of all of our work to support students,
educators, and communities.”
is guided by six Values defined in the STIP: equity, success, access to
quality, inclusivity, transparency, and community.
From Top 20 to Top 10
first goal is for Nevada to advance into the top 10 in the Quality Counts K-12
Achievement Index rankings in five years, by July 2026.
Achievement Index examines 18 distinct measures of reading and mathematics
performance, high school graduation, and success on Advanced Placement tests. Nevada
currently ranks 18th in the nation when it comes to K-12
Achievement, as established by the Quality Counts September 2020 rankings based
upon data from the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress.
September 2020 rankings also recognized Nevada as one of the five “most
improved” states in the country. In 2019, Nevada earned recognition as the
number one “most improved” state for overall grades.
typically receives a negative perception in national rankings, but our student
achievement levels continue to increase year-over-year,” said Superintendent Ebert.
“We are proud that our students have attained the 18th ranking nationally
and are committed to supporting them in equitable achievement gains in the coming
met its previous goal to become the ‘fastest improving State in the nation,’”
said President Ortiz. “Now, we are ready to take the next step and establish ourselves
in the top 10. This is long overdue, and our students’ achievement levels
indicate that it is possible.”
K-12 Achievement rankings are anticipated to be released by Quality Counts in
50% Achieve CCR Diploma
established a second Goal: to increase the overall number of students receiving
the College and Career Ready (CCR) Diploma from 23.9% of July 2021 to 50% by July
2026 and eliminate gaps between student groups while raising the overall
The CCR Diploma
was made available to Nevada’s students for the first time in the 2017-18 school
year. Earning this diploma indicates that students are qualified for and
prepared to succeed in college or job training in high-demand occupations.
student to receive a CCR Diploma, they must complete credit units and GPA
requirements of the Advanced Diploma, plus additional advanced coursework and
one of two associated endorsements. To be eligible, a student can receive a
College-Ready Endorsement, which reflects their performance on the CCR
Assessment (ACT), or a Career-Ready Endorsement, which can be earned through
the CTE Skill Attainment Certificate, an industry-recognized credential, or
passing one of the State’s two career-readiness assessments.
In the 2020
graduating class, 7,390 students or 23.9% of the student population earned a
CCR Diploma. This is a 7.1% increase from 5,211 students or 16.8% of the 2019 graduating
class. CCR Diploma counts for the 2021 graduating class will not be available
until December 2021.
of the class of 2020 earned a CCR Diploma, there were inequities among student
Percent of Total class of 2020 Population
Percent of Population Receiving CCR
Indian / Alaskan
discrepancies between student groups’ representation in the graduating class
and their representation among CCR diploma recipients are the reason the
Board’s second Goal aims for an overall student CCR Diploma increase as well as
an elimination of gaps among student groups.
“As a Nevada
high school student, it is powerful to see our Board establishing a priority of
ensuring all students are prepared for college and the workforce,” said
Christina Nguyen, senior at Valley High School and Student Representative to
the Board. “I am proud that the Board is being explicit about the need to
address existing opportunity gaps among student groups. Increasing access to advanced
coursework, career and technical education, and CCR diplomas will help ensure no
student is left behind.”
the Board will work with NDE to identify which strategies in the STIP are best
positioned to advance the SBE goals, then will establish guardrails, which are specific
qualifiers to ensure each Goal maintains a focus on student outcomes. These Goals
will now become the north star guiding NDE’s work for the next five years.