About our Strategic Improvement Plan
What is a Statewide Plan for the Improvement of Pupils?
Nevada law requires the State Board of Education to develop a 5-year strategic plan to improve the achievement of students enrolled in public schools across Nevada, officially referred to as a “Statewide Plan for the Improvement of Pupils”. We often abbreviate this to “STIP”. The Board must submit this plan, or a revised plan, on or before March 31 of each year. The STIP is prepared for the State Board’s consideration by the Nevada Department of Education (NDE) and reflects feedback and input gathered from school districts, education partners, and stakeholders across the State. (These requirements are outlined in Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) 385.111-113)
When developing the plan, NDE reviews accountability and achievement data, as well as common issues facing schools, districts, educators, students, and families; the Department then works to develop long-term strategies to address expressed needs, identified gaps, and aspirational goals. The STIP must include evidence-based strategies to improve academic achievement, and address topics such as literacy, English language skills, school discipline, attendance, curriculum, assessments, instructional practices, professional learning, access to technology, graduation and progression, allocation of resources, and more. The STIP must also have clear goals, benchmarks, timelines, measurable criteria, and provisions for successful implementation and improvement. This five-year plan is then reviewed annually to monitor progress and revise as needed.
The STIP serves a work plan and vision for improving education in Nevada over the next five years.