Nevada school districts

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K-12 Education in Nevada
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Education facts
State Superintendent: Dale Erquiaga
Number of students: 439,634[1]
Number of teachers: 21,132
Teacher/pupil ratio: 1:20.8
Number of school districts: 18
Number of schools: 649
Graduation rate: 63%[2]
Per-pupil spending: $8,527[3]
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Nevada is home to 18 school districts, 649 schools and 439,634 K-12 students.[4]

Quick facts

State school administrators

  • State Board of Education[5]
    • Elaine Wynn, President, Governor Appointee
    • Allison Serafin, Vice President, District 3
    • Alexis Gonzales-Black, District 1
    • Dave Cook, District 2
    • Mark Newburn, District 4
    • Kevin Melcher, Board of Regents Appointee
    • Freeman Holbrook, State Assembly Appointee
    • Dr. Tonia Holmes-Sutton, State Senate Appointee
    • Teri Jamin, Nevada Association of School Boards Appointee
    • Jeff Zander, Nevada Association of School Superintendents Appointee
    • Kamryn Mock, Nevada Association of Student Councils Appointee

Statistics

The following table displays the state's top 10 school districts by total student enrollment and per-pupil spending.[4][6]

Student enrollment Per-pupil spending
1.) Clark County 1.) Esmeralda County
2.) Washoe County 2.) Eureka County
3.) Elko County 3.) Mineral County
4.) Lyon County 4.) Pershing County
5.) Carson City 5.) Storey County
6.) Douglas County 6.) Lincoln County
7.) Nye County 7.) White Pine County
8.) Churchill County 8.) Nye County
9.) Humboldt County 9.) Elko County
10.) White Pine County 10.) Lander County

Demographics

See also: Demographic information for all students in all 50 states

The following table displays the ethnic distribution of students in Nevada as reported in the National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data for 2011-2012.[7]

Demographic Information for Nevada's K-12 Public School System
Ethnicity Students State Percentage United States Percentage**
American Indian 5,031 1.14% 1.10%
Asian 24,786 5.64% 4.68%
African American 42,336 9.63% 15.68%
Hawaiian Nat./Pacific Isl. Students 5,502 1.25% 0.42%
Hispanic 174,121 36.91% 24.37%
White 164,626 37.45% 51.21%
Two or More 23,232 5.28% 2.54%
**Note: This is the percentage of all students in the United States that are reported to be of this ethnicity.

In the news

Graduation rate inflation

Both Clark County School District and Washoe County School District were investigated by state officials following a significant jump in their 2013 high school graduation rates. Clark County's graduation rate jumped by 10 percent, while Washoe County's graduation rate rose by four percent. Overall, the state's graduation rate rose by eight percent. State officials worked with the U.S. Department of Education to evaluate the districts' calculation of graduation rates. This evaluation found that the districts excluded high school seniors who transferred into adult education programs without earning diplomas or earned high school equivalency degrees not considered diplomas when calculating graduation rates. Federal officials asked school administrators across the country to calculate graduation rates by following each freshman class through a four-year period. This policy was not strictly followed by state education officials, who allowed districts to exclude adult education students from the four-year graduation rate. The adjusted rate for 2013 would likely be at least three percent less than the inflated rate, according to state officials. The 2013 graduation rates will not be adjusted, although the addition of omitted students in 2014 will likely contribute to a drop in graduation rates.[8][9]

Clark County cheating allegations

The Nevada Department of Education conducted a two-year investigation into allegations of cheating on state tests by employees of Matt Kelly Elementary School in the Clark County School District. These allegations stemmed from a significant jump in proficiency scores by students at Kelly Elementary between 2011 and 2012. The state's findings, published in April 2014, found that the district failed to maintain accurate records of personnel responsible for test administration in 2012. District officials were also criticized for failure to conduct a more rigorous investigation of test irregularities. Score results from 2012 have been invalidated and district administrators will conduct testing at Kelly Elementary in 2014. The district responded by placing Associate Superintendent Andre Denson and two school administrators on indefinite paid leave pending review of the report.[10]

State law

Common Core

Common Core, or the Common Core State Standards Initiative, is an American education initiative that outlines quantifiable benchmarks in English and mathematics at each grade level from kindergarten through high school. The Nevada Department of Education adopted these standards on June 22, 2010, and fully implemented them during the 2013-2014 school year.[11]

School board composition

Nevada school board members are elected by residents of the school district. Nevada school board elections typically follow one of these three methods, or a mixture thereof:

  • At-large: All voters residing in the school district may vote for any candidates running, regardless of geographic location.
  • Trustee area: Only voters residing in a specific geographic area within the school district may vote on certain candidates, who must also reside in that specific geographic area.
  • Trustee area at-large: All voters residing in the school district may vote for any candidates running, but candidates must reside in specific geographic areas within the school district.

School boards can consist of five or seven members. School board members serve four-year terms, which are often staggered every two years.[12]

District types

Nevada contains only traditional school districts. One school district operates in each county, and one school district educates students in Carson City in particular.[13]

Term limits

Nevada school board members are limited to 12 years in office by state law. Term limits were approved by voters in a 1996 ballot measure, and then upheld in 2008 by the Nevada Supreme Court.[14]

School board elections

Upcoming elections

See also: Nevada school board elections, 2014

A total of three Nevada school districts among America's largest school districts by enrollment will hold elections in 2014 for nine seats. Each district scheduled elections for November 4, 2014.

Here are several quick facts about Nevada's school board elections in 2014:

  • The largest school district by enrollment with an election in 2014 was Clark County School District with 313,866 K-12 students.
  • The smallest school district by enrollment with an election in 2014 was Elko County School District with 9,529 K-12 students.
  • All three districts have three seats up for election in 2014.

The districts listed below served 387,828 K-12 students during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.[15] Click on the district names for more information on the district and its school board elections.

2014 Nevada School Board Elections
District Date Seats up for election Total board seats Student enrollment
Clark County School District 11/4/2014 3 7 313,866
Elko County School District 11/4/2014 3 7 9,529
Washoe County School District 11/4/2014 3 7 64,433

Path to the ballot

To qualify for the ballot as a school board candidate in Nevada, a person must be:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • A "qualified elector"
  • A resident of the school district for at least 30 days prior to the candidacy filing deadline

The process of running for office as a school board candidate begins with filing a "declaration of candidacy" form at the local county elections office. Depending on the district, candidates may also be required to pay a filing fee. The filing fee in both Clark County and Washoe County is $30.[16]

Campaign finance

Nevada requires all school board candidates to file five campaign finance reports with the Nevada Secretary of State during the election cycle.[17]

See also

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References

  1. National Center for Education Statistics, "Table 2. Number of operating public schools and districts, state enrollment, teacher and pupil/teacher ratio by state: School year 2011–12," accessed March 18, 2014
  2. ED Data Express, "State Tables Report," accessed March 17, 2014 The site includes this disclaimer: "States converted to an adjusted cohort graduation rate [starting in the 2010-2011 school year], which may or may not be the same as the calculation they used in prior years. Due to the potential differences, caution should be used when comparing graduation rates across states."
  3. United States Census Bureau, "Public Education Finances: 2011," accessed March 18, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 Nevada Department of Education, "2011-2012 State Accountability Summary Report," accessed August 7, 2013
  5. Nevada Department of Education, "State Board of Education Members 2014," accessed June 13, 2014
  6. Nevada Annual Reports of Accountability, "Per Pupil Expenditures (2010-2011)," accessed August 7, 2013
  7. United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Common Core of Data (CCD), State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey, 2011-2012," accessed May 7, 2014
  8. Las Vegas Review-Journal, "State corrects flaw that allowed graduation rate inflation," April 19, 2014
  9. Reno Gazette-Journal, "Data change could affect Washoe and Nevada graduation numbers," April 20, 2014
  10. Las Vegas Sun, "State investigation finds cheating at Las Vegas elementary school," April 16, 2014
  11. Common Core State Standards Initiative, "Core Standards in your State," accessed July 12, 2014
  12. Nevada Association of School Boards, "List of Nevada School Board Members," accessed July 11, 2014
  13. United State Census Bureau, "Nevada," accessed July 11, 2014
  14. 8 News Now, "Nevada Supreme Court Rules on Term Limits," July 28, 2008
  15. National Center for Education Statistics, "Elementary/Secondary Information System," accessed March 21, 2014
  16. Nevada Secretary of State, "Election Information Guide," accessed July 11, 2014
  17. Clark County Registrar of Voters, "2014 Candidate Guide," accessed July 11, 2014