Silver State schools show signs of improvement

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Updated: 1/09/2013 5:08 pm
CARSON CITY, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - A new analysis suggests things may be turning around for education in the Silver State. The national organization "Students First" is labeling Nevada a “Momentum Builder” school system.

They say work in the last legislation session laid the foundation to make things drastically better - specifically they cited Nevada's new pay for performance model for both teachers and administrators. But the report says there is still “much work to do.”

First among the suggestions is to expand that pay for performance. Although the state currently ties financial bonuses to how students do, there is no statewide requirement also linking student performance to personnel decisions like promotions. Instead the group says schools here too often focus only on seniority.

The group also believes parents need much more information about what's going on in the classroom. They'd like to see a statewide a through f letter grading system for school performance. The group would also like to see the State of Nevada or even mayors of cities be able to step-in and take over low performing school districts.
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