School Choice Score: 0%
The state has a modest tax credit scholarship program and permits some choices among traditional public schools, but to move between districts requires the districts to agree to transfer. In 2015, a statewide Education Savings Account (ESA) was enacted with eligibility open to almost the entire student population of Nevada. The program will begin in January 2016.
Charter Schools Score: 75%
Despite multiple authorizers, like universities, who have had the power to authorize charter schools since 2007, none have chosen to do so. Many school districts have vocally opposed charters or imposed their own moratoriums, and as a result only 38 schools have opened. The governor is supportive of education reform, and charter advocates plan legislative improvements for 2015, but it will take more time to improve the charter school environment.
Online Learning Score: 85%
Passed in 2013, Nevada’s SB 58 has dramatically changed the access to digital learning for students in the state. The availability of courses from across the state will allow students to access courses that may have been previously unavailable. The funding mechanism is anticipated to change in the next legislative bi-ennium in 2015, and this change will likely involve funding distance education students on completion and on a per-course basis.
- Source: Digital Learning Now!
Teacher Quality Score: 72%
While tenure decisions are connected to teacher effectiveness, licensure advancement and renewal are not. There are consequences attached to multiple unsatisfactory evaluations, such as probationary status after two consecutive years of poor evaluation results, but ineffective performance is not grounds for dismissal. Beginning in the 2015-16 school year, performance pay will be available for teachers.