English Mastery Council
In 2013, Senate Bill 504 created the statewide English Mastery Council (EMC) in order to improve the quality of English Learner (EL) education in Nevada.
The English Mastery Council makes recommendations to the State Board regarding policies for teaching English to students with limited English proficiency as well as reviewing preexisting policies on an annual basis and making recommendations for improvement to the State Board and district boards of trustees as applicable. EMC also makes recommendations regarding the requirements for an endorsement to teach English as a second language, and reviews the courses offered by the Nevada System of Higher Education related to training in the teaching of English as a second language, making recommendations related to whether the course of study provides teachers with the tools necessary to improve the English proficiency and academic achievement of pupils who are English learners. The Council develops standards and criteria for a curriculum for English learner students, reviews courses, and makes recommendations to improve the English proficiency and academic achievement of pupils who are not English learners but have scored at or below the 25th percentile in the subject area of English language arts.
As of June 30, 2022, the English Mastery Council has completed its legislative charge (see NRS 388.409, 388.411 &388.413). As of June 2022, the EMC has expired by statute.