Nevada Ed-Watch: 10/27/22

The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on what decisions are being made regarding public education in Clark County and Nevada.


Clark County School District Board of Trustees 

What is the Board of Trustees & what are they responsible for? The CCSD Trustees are publicly elected decision-makers for the school district. They are responsible for providing oversight to the Superintendent and establishing District-wide policy. Trustees are accountable to work with their communities to improve student achievement.

Click here to learn more and see a list of current Trustees
Click here to find your Trustee District

How often does the Board of Trustees meet? Trustees meet twice per month (second and fourth Thursdays) at 5 pm both virtually and at the Edward A. Greer Education Center Board Room (2832 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89121).

Click here for a full list of Trustees meetings and agendas
Click here to visit Hope For Nevada’s #NVEd Calendar

Can community members engage at Trustee meetings? Decision-making bodies benefit greatly from hearing public input and multiple perspectives. Currently, members of the public can submit comments on agenda and non-agenda items through email or voice recording. Public comment can be provided in person, via email, or via voice recording. Email comments should be submitted to Boardmtgcomments@nv.ccsd.net. To submit a voice recording on items listed on the meeting agenda, call 702-799-1166. Voice recorded public comment is limited to 1 minute 30 seconds.


Thursday, October 27, 2022

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda.
Watch the meeting playback on CCSD EduVision.

What happened at this meeting?

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda (7-0)

Consent Agenda Highlights:

Explore consent agenda items here.

Trustees Received a Presentation on ARP ESSER III Annual Use of Funds Report

Staff presented the first ARP ESSER III Annual Use of Funds Report. There were $777 million in ESSER III funds awarded to CCSD. Of those, over $255 million (or 33.47%) in funds have been encumbered/ obligated or spent at the time of the report. Included in those funds are teacher retention bonuses, ELL endorsements for teachers, literacy professional learning, relocation bonuses, and strategic planning. Planned spending that has not yet been spent or encumbered/obligated includes Tier I instructional materials for ELA, health services for COVID-19 mitigation and other costs, and data transparency and accountability.                                                                                                            

Data and transparency services are behind schedule, as they have decided to take some of the work in-house, but overall, CCSD reported it is mostly on schedule for spending these funds.

Trustees discussed alignment with the Focus: 2024 strategic plan, mental health services, and other supports for students and teachers.

Explore the report and the presentation.

Public Comment on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Math instruction and student achievement
  • Teacher Advisory Committees
  • English Language Learner discrimination
  • RFP processes
  • Handling of feral animals on school property
  • Bullying
  • CORE student experience and impact
  • District communication regarding principal assignments
  • Public comment periods for students

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for November 10, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 10/25/22

The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on what decisions are being made regarding public education in Nevada.


Washoe County School District Board of Trustees 

What is the Board of Trustees & what are they responsible for? The Washoe County School District Board of Trustees are publicly elected decision-makers for the school district. They are responsible for providing oversight to the Superintendent and establishing District-wide policy. Trustees are accountable to work with their communities to improve student achievement.

Click here to learn more and see a list of current Trustees.

How often does the Board of Trustees meet? Trustees meet twice per month (second and fourth Tuesdays) at 2 pm both virtually and at the Central Administration Building Board Room, 425 E. 9th St., Reno, NV 89512.

Click here for a full list of Trustees meetings.

Can community members engage at Trustee meetings? Decision-making bodies benefit greatly from hearing public input and multiple perspectives. Currently, members of the public can submit comments on agenda and non-agenda items through email or voice recording. Public comment can be provided in person or via email. Email comments should be submitted to publiccomments@washoeschools.net. 


Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Washoe County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda.
Watch the meeting playback.

What happened at this meeting?

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda

Consent agenda highlights include:

Explore the consent agenda here.

Trustees Adopted Washoe County School District Board Resolutions 22-015, 22-016, 22-017, 22-018, 22-019, 22-020, 22-021, 22-022, 22-023, 22-024, 22-025, 22-026, 22-027, 22-028, 22-029, 22-030, Resolutions To Augment Various Fiscal Year 2022-23 Capital Projects Funds Budgets, And Approval Of Augmentation For Various Fiscal Year 2022-23 Capital Projects Funds Budgets

Trustees adopted several board resolutions regarding the need to augment capital budgets for several projects, including IT device refreshes, construction projects at Debbie Smith Career and Technical Education and JWood Raw Elementary, and other programs.

Explore the presentation and resolution documents.

Trustees Approved a Donation of Real Property at 4917 Hombre Way in Reno to ACE Charter School

Trustees approved the donation of real property at 4917 Hombre Way in Reno to ACE Charter School. This is associated with the recent completion of a pupil-constructed residence.

Explore the overview map and previous action staff reports.

Trustees Discussed the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Data in Grades 3-8 and How it is Used to Improve Student Learning Outcomes

Trustees reviewed SBAC testing data from grades 3-8. Overall, in English Language Arts (ELA), students’ performance decreased four percentage points over 2018-2019 results, and increased two percentage points over 2020-2021 results. Academic disparities over long periods of time persisted throughout the pandemic, including those among Hispanic, American Indian, and Pacific Islander students, students who quality for free or reduced lunch, English learner students, and students who are on Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).

Strategies for supporting improved outcomes on the SBAC include additional core materials (such as high-quality ELA textbook adoptions in elementary school, strengthening instruction for EL students, and alignment with essential standards); supplemental materials for additional targeted supports for student groups and differentiating instruction; addressing academic disparities (i.e. Tier I language-rich instruction ELs); interventions; assessments; adult learning and staff supports; middle school pathways; and family and community supports.

Identified next steps for the District include alignment for quality instructions; school performance plans focused on reducing academic disparities and opportunity gaps; vetting high-quality curriculum and instructional materials; and building foundations for standards-based grading practices.

Explore the presentation and the Response to Recovery Strategic Plan.

Trustees Heard an Update on Measurable Outcomes Related to Specific Goals and Objectives Included in the District’s Response to Recovery Strategic Plan

Trustees received a presentation on the District’s Response to Recovery Strategic Plan, Goals One (academic growth) and Five (safe and welcoming schools). For Goal One, targets in science, ELA, and math were not met; areas of success include solidifying Professional Learning Communities to review student learning, implementing common assessments for math, expanding tutoring, and linking Multi-Tiered System of Supports with PLC focus centered around academic performance.

Goal Five involved increasing students reporting favorable attitudes towards school engagement positive relationships with school community, feeling safe, and social and emotional health. One out of eleven of these areas was improved. Next steps for this goal include building a clear understanding of a 3-pronged approach to student and family engagement; considering strength-based or asset-based tools to strengthen student-educator relationships; and extending services for teachers and staff supporting
their social-emotional needs.

Explore the presentation.

Trustees Approved the AB 495 Grant Application to the Nevada Department of Education for $20,590,399

Trustees approved the District’s AB 495 grant application. This grant will support student recovery, and must address the impact of learning loss experienced as a result of the pandemic. WCSD was awarded $20,590,399, and the breakdown of the funding includes $15.6 million for instructional support, tutoring, English Learner support, dyslexia training for staff, web-based intervention programs, Activboards for schools, audio enhancement devices for teachers, CTE equipment and supplies, and musical instruments and art supplies.

In student wellbeing, $4.9 million was approved for a crisis counselor, a substance abuse counselor, mental health administration, a re-engagement facilitator, attendance officers, CIT liaisons, family graduation advocates, a Native American graduation advocate, and MTSS specialists.

Activities will be evaluated using progress monitoring, and plans match the data being collected in ESSER 2 and ESSER 3.

Explore the presentation.

Student Representative’s Report

The Student Representative was not present for a report.

Trustee Reports

Trustee district highlights included:

  • Several school visits
  • School recruitment and staff appreciation events
  • Staff recognition and school awards
  • Construction career day

Superintendent’s Report

The Superintendent’s report highlights included:

  • Appreciation for Trustees and district staff

Public Comment

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Approaches to English Learners
  • Issues with bus transportation
  • Parent notifications for Code Yellow and Code Red incidents
  • Candidate misinformation
  • Student engagement
  • District funding
  • Translators for conference week

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for November 8, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. 

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North Star News – Octubre 2022

North Star News (NSN) conecta a familias, padres, tutores y miembros de la comunidad con información sobre la educación del estado de Nevada.


RECORDATORIO: PRÓXIMAS FECHAS PARA VOTANTES

La elección general es el 8 de noviembre de 2022. Aquí hay algunas fechas para saber. Para obtener más información sobre votantes y elecciones, visite https://www.nvsos.gov/sos/elections.

  • 22-29 de octubre: Primera semana – Votación anticipada (en persona)
  • 30 de octubre al 4 de noviembre: Segunda semana – Votación anticipada (en persona)
  • 8 de noviembre: día de las elecciones – encuentre su lugar de votación en persona aquí.
  • 8 de noviembre: último día para enviar la boleta por correo

ESCUCHE DE LOS CANDIDATOS DE LA JUNTA ESCOLAR DE CCSD

Ver Ahora: Repetición ‘Flip the Script’

En el seis de Octubre, los estudiantes de secundaria de CCSD dirigieron charlas con candidatos que se postulan para la Junta Escolar de CCSD. Las conversaciones cubrieron temas como la salud mental, la seguridad, la financiación, los almuerzos escolares y el tamaño de las clases.

Ve los repeticiónes:

Guía de Información Para el Votante

La elección general es el 8 de noviembre de 2022. Los miembros de la junta escolar toman decisiones importantes sobre las escuelas y los estudiantes. La Guía para votantes de educación de 2022 es una forma de obtener más información sobre los candidatos de la Junta Escolar de CCSD por los que puede votar. También encontrará fechas de votación, mapas, y detalles electorales.

La guía del votante está disponible en inglés y español.

Explore la Guía del Votante.

Los candidatos de CCSD se presentarán a votar en las elecciones generales del 8 de noviembre de 2022. ¿Quiere más información sobre su fideicomisario de CCSD? Utilice el Mapa del Distrito Fideicomisario de CCSD para encontrar su distrito fideicomisario.


¡FELIZ DIA NEVADA!

¡El día de Nevada es este viernes 28 de octubre! Aquí hay algunas maneras en que las familias pueden celebrar mientras no hay clases:

(Nota: muchos eventos son gratuitos y algunos requieren entrada paga).

  • Visite el Museo de la Mafia (Mob Museum) de 10:00 a. m. a 2:00 p. m. para disfrutar de actividades gratuitas para toda la familia. Explore la historia de Nevada y los recursos de seguridad y conozca organizaciones locales. (28 de octubre, Las Vegas)
  • De 9:00 am a 3:00 pm, visite el Springs Preserve con entrada gratuita. (28 de octubre, Las Vegas)
  • Disfrute de las actividades de fin de semana y del desfile oficial del Día de Nevada en Carson City. (28-30 de octubre, Carson City)
  • Celebre Nevada a través de actividades de descubrimiento en DISCOVERY Children’s Museum. (28 de octubre, Las Vegas)
  • Los niños disfrazados reciben entrada gratuita a Dinoween en el Museo de Historia Natural de Las Vegas. (28 de octubre, Las Vegas)
  • Tome un viaje en tren y aprenda sobre la historia y la cultura ferroviaria de Nevada en el Museo del Ferrocarril del Estado de Nevada. Los niños menores de 17 años reciben entrada gratuita. (29 y 30 de octubre, Boulder City)

Manténgase al día con su local Juntas escolares!

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Oportunidad de beca

Hay una nueva beca disponible para estudiantes de Critical Care Comics. Esta organización local sin fines de lucro trae sonrisas a niños con enfermedades como el cáncer. Los estudiantes que presenten la solicitud deben ser estudiantes del último año de la escuela secundaria con un GPA de 3.0 que hayan tenido cáncer. Las solicitudes están abiertas hasta el 1 de abril de 2023.

Honrando a los maestros

La Sra. Connie Hall es la Educadora del Año de Nevada 2023. La Sra. Hill es maestra de jardín de infantes en la escuela primaria Lloyd Diedrichsen localizada en Sparks, Nevada.


RECURSOS PARA USTED

Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight Vegas PBS presenta los logros y talentos de los estudiantes y maestros de CCSD.

Rally to Read

Comprométase a leer 100 libros para marzo de 2023 a tiempo para el Mes Nacional de la Lectura. Rally to Read es un evento anual que inspira el placer de leer. Los recursos de lectura están disponibles para los estudiantes, las aulas y las familias.


COMPARTE LAS NOTICIAS

¿Tiene preguntas, comentarios o solicitudes de temas para destacar en el boletín? Simplemente responda a este correo electrónico para comunicarse con nosotros. ¿Conoce a alguien a quien le gustaría obtener más información sobre la educación en Nevada? Le invitamos a compartir este boletín con las personas de su red.

Nevada Ed-Watch: 10/13/22

The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on what decisions are being made regarding public education in Clark County and Nevada.


Clark County School District Board of Trustees 

What is the Board of Trustees & what are they responsible for? The CCSD Trustees are publicly elected decision-makers for the school district. They are responsible for providing oversight to the Superintendent and establishing District-wide policy. Trustees are accountable to work with their communities to improve student achievement.

Click here to learn more and see a list of current Trustees
Click here to find your Trustee District

How often does the Board of Trustees meet? Trustees meet twice per month (second and fourth Thursdays) at 5 pm both virtually and at the Edward A. Greer Education Center Board Room (2832 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89121).

Click here for a full list of Trustees meetings and agendas
Click here to visit Hope For Nevada’s #NVEd Calendar

Can community members engage at Trustee meetings? Decision-making bodies benefit greatly from hearing public input and multiple perspectives. Currently, members of the public can submit comments on agenda and non-agenda items through email or voice recording. Public comment can be provided in person, via email, or via voice recording. Email comments should be submitted to Boardmtgcomments@nv.ccsd.net. To submit a voice recording on items listed on the meeting agenda, call 702-799-1166. Voice recorded public comment is limited to 1 minute 30 seconds.


Thursday, October 13, 2022

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda.
Watch the meeting playback on CCSD EduVision.

What happened at this meeting?

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda (6-0)

Consent Agenda Highlights:

Explore consent agenda items here.

Trustees Received a Presentation on Focus: 2024 Indicators and Results

Trustees received a presentation on student achievement as it relates to Focus: 2024 indicators and results. Highlights included:

  • A reminder of previous reports given and statement regarding a gap in 2020-2021 school year, when this report was waived due to the COVID pandemic, as well as the context that goals for 2021-2022 were set prior to COVID pandemic and not modified.
  • With an understanding that students are still recovering from the learning losses from the pandemic, most of the achievement goals were not met in the current measured year.
  • Rates of proficiency do seem to be improving since the 2020-2021 year and are comparable to national trends.
  • Targets were not met for English Language Arts Proficiency across all age groups.
  • Proficiency results in mathematics for grades 3-5 showed a sharper rebound year over year, but targets were not met and student outcome levels still did not reach those in 2018-2019.
  • No grade band met proficiency rates in Mathematics.
  • Science proficiency was also not met in each grade band. However, middle school science represents the highest proficiency rate at 30.3%.
  • Challenges included high faculty and staff vacancies and student/staff absences due to the ongoing pandemic recovery.

Explore the presentation.

Trustees Conducted a Public Hearing on and Approved the New Memorandum of Agreement between CCSD and the Education Support Employee Association Regarding Increases in Pay and Training for Specialized Programs Teachers’ Assistants (6-0)

Trustees held a public hearing on and approved an increase in pay and training for Specialized Programs Teachers’ Assistants III and IV within the approved Memorandum of Agreement between CCSD and ESEA. The total fiscal impact of these changes is $600,000.

Explore the Memorandum and fiscal impacts summary.

Trustees Conducted a Public Hearing on and Approved the New Memorandum of Agreement between CCSD and the Clark County Association of School Administrators and Professional-Technical Employees Regarding Extra Pay for a Twelve-Month Administrator with Additional Responsibilities (6-0)

Trustees held a public hearing on and approved extra pay for a twelve-month administrator who will be on-call for CCSD’s Connection Line program from August 2022 until the program is no longer needed or funding is no longer available. The total fiscal impact of these changes is $5,289.

Explore the Memorandum and fiscal impacts summary.

Trustees Discussed and Approved a Notice of Intent for Regulation 2130 – District Organization (6-0)

Trustees discussed and approved a Notice of Intent regarding Regulation 2130, pertaining to district reorganization.

Staff reviewed changes to the regulation, including the appeals process, clarifying the SOT role in hiring, usage of carryforward dollars, requiring the Superintendent to monitor use of carryforward dollars, and the dispute resolution process.

Changes that triggered the second notice of intent include waiting to include language that may be directed by the Legislature, as well as language regarding the formation of SOTs at school sites with inconsistent enrollees or small schools.

Trustees acknowledged adjustments will still need to be made to this policy and reiterated the importance of meeting State Board requirements and deadlines.

Explore the Notice of Intent.

Trustees Discussed and Approved its Platform for the 2023 Legislative Session

Trustees discussed and approved its legislative platform. Previously, Trustees voted to advance two BDRs, one related to recruiting and retaining teachers, and one that would establish standards and qualifications for education-related oversight boards.

Staff outlined legislative priorities that would be supported, opposed, or planned as neutral.  Topics under the umbrella of “Support” include Student Learning (acceleration of student learning, fully funding the Pupil Centered Funding Plan based on recommendations from the Commission on School Funding); Workforce (allowing union/trades representatives to teach classes specific to their trades, and allowing professionals to teach classes specific to their profession without a teaching license); and Mental Health, Health, and School Safety (updates to bullying statutes, updating sex education statutes, and funding for critical equipment/systems).

Trustees added items to the Student Learning section regarding examining student assessments in more depth and exploring removing unnecessary tasks for schools and classrooms (including some reporting). The Workforce section passed as is, as well as the Mental Health, Health, and School Safety section.

Trustees approved a new section in the Neutral stance, Governance and Transparency, and moved the audit of CCSD finances including ESSER funds (originally under the Neutral stance) to Support; added bullet points for state infrastructure within the Nevada Department of Education and potentially auditing other education entities throughout the state. Trustees also added an item under Student Learning to support ensure additional state-level support, including funding, for students with IEPs.  

Trustees also approved the items outlined in the Oppose section, including efforts to reconstitute the organization of large school districts, unfunded mandates, and measures that undermine the acceleration of student learning in schools.

Explore the 2023 Legislative Platform.

Public Comment on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Guest teacher trainings and pay scale
  • Matching salaries
  • Bullying
  • Support staff hiring and rehiring processes
  • Staffing at Centennial High School
  • College and career readiness
  • Teachers’ health insurance
  • Special education student safety and academic concerns

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for October 27, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 10/11/22

The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on what decisions are being made regarding public education in Nevada.


Washoe County School District Board of Trustees 

What is the Board of Trustees & what are they responsible for? The Washoe County School District Board of Trustees are publicly elected decision-makers for the school district. They are responsible for providing oversight to the Superintendent and establishing District-wide policy. Trustees are accountable to work with their communities to improve student achievement.

Click here to learn more and see a list of current Trustees.

How often does the Board of Trustees meet? Trustees meet twice per month (second and fourth Tuesdays) at 2 pm both virtually and at the Central Administration Building Board Room, 425 E. 9th St., Reno, NV 89512.

Click here for a full list of Trustees meetings.

Can community members engage at Trustee meetings? Decision-making bodies benefit greatly from hearing public input and multiple perspectives. Currently, members of the public can submit comments on agenda and non-agenda items through email or voice recording. Public comment can be provided in person or via email. Email comments should be submitted to publiccomments@washoeschools.net. 


Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Washoe County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda.
Watch the meeting playback.

What happened at this meeting?

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda

Consent agenda highlights include:

Item 2.06 – Possible Action for the Board of Trustees to use the office of the general counsel to represent WCSD Board of Trustees for open meeting law purposes, was pulled for discussion and approved on a separate vote.

Explore the consent agenda here.

Trustees Received a Presentation on the Use of Pinyon Public Strategies for Strategic Consultation and Government Relations Services

Trustees received a presentation on the use of Pinyon Public Strategies, which will provide strategic consultations and government relations services to WCSD for the 2023 legislative session, working closely with the Office of General Counsel to monitor potential legal impacts of proposed legislation. This contract will be in place of a full-time staff member.

Explore the agreement.

Trustees Approved a Bid to Demolish and Abate Various Buildings at Debbie Smith Career and Technical Education Academy High School

Trustees approved the award of Bid #23-09-B-08-DA for the demolition and abatement of various building at Debbie Smith Career and Technical Education Academy High School to Integrated Demolition and Remediation Inc. for $7.6 million.

Explore the bid tabulation and contract.

Trustees Approved Forensic Analytical Consulting Services for Project Management and Oversight for Site Demolition and Abatement of Various Buildings at the Debbie Smith Career and Technical Academy High School

Trustees approved Forensic Analytical Consulting Services to provide environmental health consulting services, project management, and project oversight during the demolition and abatement activities impacting asbestos-containing materials and lead-containing paints as part of Debbie Smith CTE Academy High School, for $197,710.

Explore the agreement.

Trustees Heard an Update on the Creation of the New Position of Associate Chief of Teaching and Learning, Specialized Instruction

After several months meeting with students, families, and staff members, the Superintendent recommended spitting the current role of one of the Area Superintendents (Area 5 & Special Education) into two separate positions: Area Superintendent (Area 5) and a new position, Associate Chief of Teaching and Learning, Specialized Instruction, to provide more personalized, dedicated service to students, families, and schools. The creation of this position will be funded in FY 2022-2023 General Fund contingency account, and through the General Fund in future years.

A more comprehensive set of recommendations will be given to the Board in December.

Explore the Superintendent’s Entry Plan and the presentation.

Student Representative’s Report

The Student Representative’s report highlights included:

  • The first Student Advisory meeting of the year, with recruitment underway for additional members

Trustee Reports

Trustee district highlights included:

  • Several school visits, as well as specialty programs for adult learners
  • Attending a conference relating to homelessness and children in transition
  • A district school earning an Edward Murrow Award for student reporting
  • Upcoming town halls with the superintendent and creating relationships with city officials and other community stakeholders
  • Attending the NIAA annual meeting
  • Attending meetings with teacher leaders

Superintendent’s Report

The Superintendent’s report highlights included:

  • 40+ community, staff, and student meetings convening in the Superintendent’s first three months
  • Diedrichsen Elementary School teacher Connie Hall being awarded the 2023 Nevada Teacher of the Year
  • Full transportation services returning to the district

Public Comment

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Accountability with student achievement
  • Memberships in 501c6 advocacy organizations
  • Student data collection
  • Individual Education Programs
  • Special education staff shortages
  • School counselor caseloads
  • Educator and support staff shortages

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for October 25, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 10/06/22

The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on decisions being made regarding public education in Clark County and Nevada.


Nevada State Board of Education

What is the State Board of Education & what are they responsible for? The Nevada State Board of Education adopts regulations based on Nevada laws, which are passed down to individual school districts in Nevada to implement. The Board has 11 total (7 appointed and 4 publicly elected) members.

How often does the State Board meet? The Nevada State Board of Education meets once per month on Thursdays at 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM. Click here to see the 2022 Board Meeting Schedule. Click here to visit Hope For Nevada’s #NVEd Calendar.

Can community members engage at State Board Meetings? A time for public comment is provided at the beginning (for agenda items) and at the conclusion (on any matter) of each Board meeting. Members of the public may provide public comment in writing via email; public comment will be accepted via email for the duration of the meeting and shared with the State Board of Education during the public comment periods. Public comment may be emailed to NVBoardED@doe.nv.gov.

Click here for a list of all State Board Members.


Thursday, October 6, 2022

Nevada State Board of Education Meeting

Click here to see the regular SBOE meeting agenda.

Click here to watch the meeting playback.

What happened at the regular meeting?

Public Comment #1

Public comment was heard on the following subjects: 

  • No public comment was provided during this time.

Board Conducted a Public Hearing for and Approved Regulation #R132-22

The Board conducted a public hearing for and approved Regulation #R132-22, establishing requirements governing the enrollment of certain children who are admitted to a mental health facility, including parameters and regulations for a student who may or may not be enrolled in a public school when that student is admitted to a mental health facility.

Explore the proposed regulation and public hearing materials.

Board Conducted a Public Hearing for and Approved Regulation #R136-22

The Board conducted a public hearing for Regulation #R136-22, revising provisions relating to counting attendance and enrollment of students. Changes include additional definitions of instructional days and periods, school quarters, and chronic absenteeism; reporting and coding of absences; and clarifying when a student is considered withdrawn from a school.

Explore the proposed regulation and public hearing materials.

Board Conducted a Public Hearing for and Approved Regulation #R143-22

The Board conducted a public hearing for Regulation #R136-22, establishing certain requirements for the Handle with Care program, including maintaining confidentiality, training, and plans for data security.

Explore the proposed regulation and public hearing materials.

Board Conducted a Public Hearing for and Approved Temporary Regulation #T003-22

The Board conducted a public hearing for Temporary Regulation #T003-22, revising the Pupil-Centered Funding Plan’s definition of “at-risk pupil” to a pupil that “has an economic or academic disadvantage such that they require additional services and assistance to enable them to graduate with their cohorts. The term includes, without limitation, pupils who are members of economically disadvantaged families, pupils who are at risk of dropping out of high school, and pupils who do not meet minimum standards of academic proficiency.” It also specifies that the definition of “at-risk” does not include pupils with a disability, pupils also designated as gifted and talented, or pupils who are English Learners.

Explore the proposed regulation and public hearing materials.

Board Conducted a Public Hearing for and Approved Regulation #R146-22

The Board conducted a public hearing for Regulation #R146-22, revising certain provisions governing career and technical education programs, including that a school district or governing body of a charter school shall have advisory technical skills committees to consult with regularly on the program, and removing language regarding district size.

Explore the proposed regulation and public hearing materials.

Board Conducted a Public Hearing for Regulation #R147-22

The Board conducted a public hearing for Regulation #R147-22, revising provisions regarding adult high school programs and revising certain provisions regarding the award of an adult standard diploma. The revisions include specifying the age for the program and criteria to earn an adult high school diploma.

The board tabled approving this regulation, and Staff will be revising language to incorporate a transition period between when credits shift from full credit to half credit as specified on the revised regulations.

Explore the proposed regulation and public hearing materials.

Board Conducted a Public Hearing for and Approved Regulation #R159-22

The Board conducted a public hearing for Regulation #R159-22, revising the requirements of certain licensed teachers to complete training or professional development, revising the duties and responsibilities of certain licensed teachers and replacing an obsolete term. The revisions include what training a literacy specialist shall complete and roles and responsibilities of a literary specialist.

Explore the proposed regulation and public hearing materials.

Board Conducted a Public Hearing for Temporary Regulation #T005-22

The Board conducted a public hearing for Regulation #T005-22, prescribing the minimum score a pupil must attain on an end-of-course final to receive credit for that course. The regulations would lower the currently required 20% of a student’s final course grade to 5%, and would remove the Math II, Integrated Math III, and ELA II exams from being administered in the 2022-2023 school year. Only Math I, Integrated Math I, and ELA I-Reading Comprehension EOC assessments would be administered.

This item was pulled from the agenda and will be resubmitted for a public hearing and possible approval at a later date.

Explore the proposed regulation and public hearing materials.

Public Comment #2

  • No public comment was provided during this time.

Recess

Public Comment #3

  • Communities in Schools’ partnership and new sites

President’s Report

Highlights included:

  • The 2022 Superintendent of the Year was awarded to Dr. Summer Stephens of Churchill County.
  • The new National Assessment of Educational Progress Data has been released. More information on Nevada-specific data will be presented at a future meeting.
  • The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is the 3-8th grade standardized assessment. There have been additional communications and context provided to parents and families on process, improvement, and engagement tools and techniques.
  • State Public Charter School Authority Board Appointment has a vacancy. Applications close on 10/20 and will be reviewed at the Board’s November meeting.
  • Regent Arrascada presented a Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents report. Highlights included 20,000+ awards conferred from NSHE, and a partnership with the Department of Education on career and technical education and dual enrollment programs. NSHE’s submitted budget includes workforce development capacity building, as well as addressing teacher shortages.

Superintendent’s Report

Highlights included:

  • Two Nevada schools were recognized as national Blue Ribbon Schools: Gibbons Elementary School and Drake Elementary School.
  • Community in Schools opened a center at Von Tobel Middle School.
  • The Department is partnering with WestEd to launch the Nevada Learning Network Conference.
  • Final 2022 Commission on School Funding will publish its report in November.

Board Approved Consent Agenda 

Consent agenda items included:

Explore the consent agenda items.

Board Received an Update from Workforce Connections

Workforce Connections assists adults, dislocated workers, and youth with basic career services and training, supportive services, and placement services. For employers, the agency provides workforce development assistance, busines plans, and financial tools.

It has several industry-sector partnerships that help K-12 youth get exposed to career pipelines, educating families on career opportunities, externships, mentorships, and sponsorships. It also hosts the CCSD Workforce Fellows, which provides immersion into information about Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) eligibility and services, site visits and meetings for youth providers, and partnerships with local chambers, community colleges, and employment resources. It also works with the Department of Juvenile Justice Services Promise Fellows, which operate in eight locations.

Workforce Connections also recently introduced the first EmployNV Youth Hub and Teen Zone at the West Charleston Library, with the goal of exposing youth to well-paying careers while providing them with 1-on-1 assistance with goal planning.

Explore the Workforce Connections presentation.

Board Discussed the College and Career Ready (CCR) High School Assessment RFP

The Board voted to reject the original CCR RFP recommendation and reopen the bidding process in its last meeting. During the presentation at this meeting, a revised process was outlined, including providing feedback and recommendations on a draft survey for public comment, a new public comment period, the NDE providing an update to the State Board regarding survey responses, and the State Board of Education providing feedback and recommendations on the draft RFP, rubric, and list of entities for review committee.

The Board provided feedback on several items on the CCR assessment stakeholder survey, including mentioning a “nationally recognized college entrance assessment,” ensuring the survey is approachable to different users, accessibility across devices, adding in questions regarding career readiness, and ensuring student perspectives are represented.

The Board will report feedback to staff by October 11, and a group of board members will work with staff to finalize the survey.

Explore the presentation and the survey draft.

Board Discussed Its Position Statement for the Upcoming Legislative Session

At its last meeting, the Board proposed putting forth a position statement from the Board of Education to the Legislature to stress the importance and need for additional funding to the Nevada education system, and to address the need for that additional funding as a cohesive document. It reviewed a draft of that statement, including needs for education recruitment, training, and retention; pre-kindergarten programs; educator support; and physical and technological infrastructure.

Trustees discussed the approach and content of the statement, including more specificity for outcomes and accountability, as well as strategies to continue outreach to constituents and stakeholders and unifying messaging. A second group of stakeholders will rework and refine the position statement.

Explore the draft position statement.

Future Agenda Items

Future agenda items will include the SPCSA board appointment, Commission on School Funding report (December), a joint meeting with the NSHE Board of Regents in early 2023, test scores and Nevada data, and an exploration of the term “at-risk” and how the term is applied to weights, especially after the public hearing revising the definition earlier in the meeting.

The 2023 State Board of Education meeting schedule has been posted.

Public Comment #2

Public comment was heard on the following subject:

  • State agency and school district memberships in 501c6 advocacy organizations

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 3, 2022.


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Nevada Ed-Watch: 10/07/22

The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on what decisions are being made regarding public education in Clark County and Nevada.


State Public Charter School Authority (SPCSA)

What is the SPCSA & what are they responsible for? Considered one of Nevada’s school districts, the SPCSA sponsors and oversees public charter schools. The Authority consists of seven appointed members responsible for overseeing educational and operational standards and holding sponsored schools accountable to the academic achievement of students. 

How often does the SPCSA Board meet? The SPCSA typically meets once a month, generally on Fridays. 

Click here for SPCSA meeting schedule and materials.

Can community members engage at SPCSA Board Meetings? While all meetings of the SPCSA are typically held publicly at the Nevada Department of Education building in Carson City and the Nevada Department of Education building in Las Vegas (1st floor boardroom), all meetings are now held virtually due to the COVID-19 crisis. Members of the public may view the meeting online via the link on the SPCSA’s Public Notice web page and the agenda and any supporting materials can be found here. Public comment may be given on any agenda item at the beginning of the meeting, or public comment regarding any matter that is SPCSA-related may be given at the conclusion of each Board meeting. Members of the community giving public comment can utilize the following conference call line: 1-312-584-2401; extension 3952176# with a time limit of three minutes per speaker. Alternatively, public comment may be submitted in writing to publiccomment@spcsa.nv.gov, and any such public comment received prior to the meeting will be provided to the Authority and included in the written minutes of the meeting.

Click here for a list of all SPCSA Members.
Click here for a list of all SPCSA sponsored schools.


Friday, October 7, 2022
State Public Charter School Authority Board Meeting
Access the meeting agenda and playback.

What happened at this meeting? 

Public Comment #1 

Public comment was heard on:

  • Coral Academy – Eastgate Campus’ request for grade level modifications
  • Pinecrest Academy’s new proposed campus

SPCSA Executive Director’s Report

Highlights from the report include:

  • Initiatives Related to Serving All Students Equitably: Fourteen SPCSA-sponsored schools were required to submit recruitment and enrollment plans containing specific strategies aimed at serving students equitably, with a focus on students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. Those plans were due 9/30 and all 14 schools submitted. SPCSA staff has begun review of these plans, with several different approaches and strategies identified within them, and will share at a later meeting.
  • Legislative Session & Interim Committees: The Interim Committee has concluded its work, and the agency’s requested budget has been submitted. SPCSA staff is tracking bill draft requests ahead of the legislative session.
  • 2023 Proposed Board Meeting Dates: The October 2023 board meeting date has been moved back a week to October 13. Explore the 2023 meeting dates.

Board Discussed Academic Performance for the 2021-2022 School Year

The Board discussed an overview of the Nevada School Performance Framework (NSPF) data for SPCSA schools, as well as a preview of the SPCSA’s academic performance framework. The requirement for star-level school ratings has been waived by the U.S. Department of Education for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years due to the pandemic, so the Nevada State Performance (NSP) Index has been utilized again.

Overall, SPCSA schools performed better than other schools in the state, with 79.5% of SPCSA schools earning a score higher than 50 on the NSP Index (the equivalent of a three-star or higher school), compared with the state’s 51.9% of schools earning a score higher than 50 on the NSP Index. Staff also reviewed proficiency trends and math/ELA growth percentiles and targets. Proficiency rates increased year over year for elementary and middle schools but decreased for high schools; student group proficiency rates followed a similar trend. SPCSA student groups generally outperformed their respective state student groups.

Staff also discussed the SPCSA Academic Performance Framework Overview. Schools earn points based on performance in different measures, and those points are totaled under indicators. The point total is tied to one of the four performance levels to determine a school’s rating. See below for an illustration of measures, indicators, and performance levels:

Slide courtesy of the Nevada State Public Charter School Authority

Explore the SPCSA academic performance presentation and the SPCSA Academic Performance Framework Overview.

Board Approved School Contract Amendment Applications

The Board approved Coral Academy of Science Las Vegas’ request to eliminate sixth and seventh grades at the Eastgate campus and move those students to the Windmill campus or Cadence campus for the 2023-2024 school year. Enrollment caps of any Coral Academy campus will not be affected.

Explore the request and the recommendation memo.

The Board approved Pinecrest Academy of Nevada’s expansion to a new campus, located at 4000 Meadows Lane, Las Vegas, NV, for the 2023-2024 school year, with additional conditions for community engagement for reaching students, providing SPCSA with proof that a lease for the campus was signed, and other stipulations.

Explore the request and the recommendation memo.

The Board approved Pinecrest Academy of Northern Nevada to enter into an agreement with the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Head Start program and change the school’s lottery preferences to include this agreement.

Explore the request and the recommendation memo.

Board Reviewed Revisions to New Charter School Applications and Rubric

SPCSA staff provided an update regarding revisions to the new charter school application and rubric. Staff priorities were proposed, including ensuring alignment to the SPCSA strategic plan and needs assessment, consistency throughout the process, eliminating redundancy, ensuring statutory and regulatory requirements, and considering national best practices.

Board members were asked for feedback on prioritization, if any of the application components should stay as-is, and if any components of the application or rubric should be revised. Board members highlighted the importance of looking to best practices, creating a survey for feedback, and prioritizing diversity of leadership and teacher recruitment, among other ideas and suggestions provided.

Explore the presentation, rubric, and the new charter application.

Board Provided a Presentation on 2023 Academic and Demographic Needs Assessment

SPCSA staff provided the Board with an update on the 2023 Academic and Demographic Needs Assessment. By January 31 of each year, the SPCSA must conduct a needs assessment. There are three identified needs: demographic needs; academic needs of students in geographies with 1- and 2-star schools; and academic needs of students at risk of dropping out of school. A community working group provided feedback to consider incorporating information regarding needs of homeless students and students in foster care, as well as identifying and recruitment and outreach efforts to enroll and serve underperforming student populations.

Board members discussed several academic thresholds for applications, geography, transportation issues, and other potential areas of attention for consideration for the 2023 needs assessment.

Explore the presentation.

Board Reviewed and Approved the Charter School Contract Template

SPCSA staff presented the Board with an updated charter school contract template. The Board approved the template.

There are three charter school contracts, all of which will use the proposed template: the new charter school contract, amended charter school contract, and renewed charter school contract.

Explore the SPCSA Charter Contract Template.

Long-Range Calendar (next 3 months):

Agenda items over the next three SPCSA board meetings are anticipated to include:

  • 2023 new school updates
  • Overview of organizational performance framework
  • Review of graduation data
  • Review of enrollment and demographic data

Explore the calendar.

Public Comment #2

Public comment was heard on:

  • Bullying at a charter school facility
  • An upcoming amendment to increase enrollment at Discovery Charter School

The next Meeting of the SPCSA Board is scheduled for Friday, November 18, 2022 @ 9:00 a.m. 

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