School Choice Score: 88%
If Nevada’s ESA program is deemed to be constitutional Nevada would likely have one of the strongest choice sectors in the country. Nevada’s tax credit scholarship program looks to be a strong program in the future but as of now it is in its infancy.
- Source: EdChoice
Charter Schools Score: 75%
While Nevada’s law allows for multiple entities to authorize charter schools most charter schools are authorized by the Nevada Public Charter School Authority. The Authority heavily regulates charter schools which has limited new innovative charters ability to be opened and grow, ultimately hurting students.
Online Learning Score: 88%
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.
Teacher Quality Score: 72%
Teachers in Nevada are evaluated annually and objective measures of student achievement count for 40% of the evaluation criteria. In order to receive tenure teachers must earn two satisfactory evaluations within three years. Ineffectiveness is not explicitly grounds for dismissal however, ineffectiveness is grounds for placing teachers on probation. Effective teachers are eligible to receive performance pay.
- Source: State Teacher Policy Yearbook