Nevada Ed-Watch: 11/22/22

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.


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


Thursday, November 22, 2022

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

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

What happened at this meeting?

Trustees Reviewed the Applications Submitted to Fill the Vacant Position in District E and Selected Candidates to be Interviewed by the Board

District E trustee Angie Taylor won her Assembly race, and the application period to appoint a replacement to the position, per NRS 386.270, has closed. Several applications for this role have been submitted, and the Board heard several introductory remarks from candidates. After a ranked vote, the Trustees moved forward three candidates to be interviewed for the vacant role: Meghan Beyer, Kelly Crosby-Sturtz, and Alex Woodley.

Various public comments were heard on behalf of different candidates.

Review the applications and the applicant screening rubric.

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda

Consent agenda highlights include:

Explore the consent agenda here.

Trustees Discussed and Provided Direction to Staff on the 2023 WCSD Legislative Platform for the 2023 Legislative Session

Staff presented the district’s proposed legislative platform, which includes:

  • Advocating for sustainable, strategic funding, including competitive compensation, property tax reform, elimination of unfunded mandates, ensuring funds are used as intended, sustainable funding for vulnerable students, addressing the “Digital Divide,” and investment in high-quality instructional materials
  • Personnel support, including removing barriers to licensure, development of scholarships, grants, and internships for potential educators, flexible licensing, multiple pathways for industry experts and administrative leaders, building an educator pathway model, and enhancing classroom safety
  • Calling for a 10% across-the-board salary increase to educators, administrators, and support personnel

After discussion, staff will revise the platform to consider trustee feedback on  exploring a 20% increase in pay; various funding formula topics, including double-weighting of students, funding to the ratio (not outside of the ratio), and funding amounts; and including human trafficking and traffic safety in safety plans.

Explore the 2023 Legislative Platform Draft and the presentation.

Trustees Discussed the Fiscal Year 2023-2024 Budget Process and Four-Year Financial Plan

Staff presented the FY 2024 budget process and four-year financial plan under the Pupil Centered Funding Plan. FY 22 state General Fund revenues exceeded budgeted revenues by $1.013 billion. Several policy decisions will be formed as the state builds the K-12 education budget, including adhering to the concepts of SB 542 (2019), what budget assumptions the state will use, and what the state will prioritize with revenue growth this biennium.

Staff cautioned that the budget process includes several unknown factors, including the legislative session, monitoring of state K-12 budget, development of critical needs, and adjustments to ESSER funding, as well as enrollment, inflation, labor costs, and the economy. Staff will closely monitor the legislative session and will hold off on major budget changes until the session ends but will address critical needs.

The four-year financial plan will be centered around the District’s General Fund budget and will reflect the long-term impact of known factors such as declining enrollment due to enrollment bubble, employee step increases, and fixed costs for new schools, as well as unknown factors such as per-pupil amounts based on State revenues, inflation, and economic scenarios.

Next steps include tracking the State Education Fund revenues and monitoring the Economic Forum, the Governor’s recommended budget, and the 2023 legislative session.

Explore the presentation.

Trustees Approved the 2022-2023 ‘A’ Major Projects Program in the Amount of $3 Million as Recommended by the Capital Funding Protection Committee

Staff presented and Trustees approved the design phase funding request for the Stonebrook Area Elementary School, in the amount of $3 million. This will help address existing overcrowding and growth. The request approves several architecture and engineering services, site surveying, cost estimating, plan review and permitting, and utility connection fees, among others. This phase will take place from November 2022 – July 2023, and then Trustees will decide if the project should bid and construct, or hold, based on enrollment.

Review the presentation and the list of projects.

Trustees Discussed Smarter Balanced Assessment Mathematics Data in Grades 3-8

Staff presented Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) results in mathematics in grades 3-8, as well as some high school data. Overall, no grade level (3-8) has returned to pre-pandemic levels in mathematics, while there was a slight uptick in performance over the previous year. District-wide, 34% of students perform at grade level. By student population groups, gaps in performance persist in African American (-21), Pacific Islander (-18), American Indian (-17), and Hispanic (-14) students, as well as students who are English learners (-25), students with IEPs (-22), and students who qualify for free and reduced lunch (-15). In high school, there was an increase in the percentage of algebra and geometry credits earned between 2020-2021 and 2021-2022.

Consistent with NAEP data, academic recovery in math is not happening as fast as it is with ELA overall. A state-to-state comparison of other states that utilize SBA was also presented, further demonstrating consistency with academic recovery trends.

Next steps include alignment for quality instruction, school performance plans focusing on reducing academic disparities and opportunity gaps, vetting high-quality curriculum and instructional materials, and building foundations for fair and consistent grading practices.

Explore the presentation.

Student Representative’s Report

The Student Representative was not present for a report.

Trustee Reports

Trustee district highlights included:

  • Recognizing schools for several achievements, including Purple Star School status, athletic achievements, and recent educator honors
  • School visits
  • Gratitude for schools, students, and staff
  • Thank you to former Board president Angie Taylor

Superintendent’s Report

The Superintendent’s report highlights included:

  • Thanking an exiting leadership team member, as well as board members, students, staff, and families
  • Thanking former Board president Angie Taylor

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for December 13, at 5:00 p.m. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 11/18/22

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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, November 18, 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:

  • Concerns regarding Coral Academy
  • Adding a school for SPCSA additional oversight

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. All applicable schools have submitted plans, which are summarized in a memo here.
  • Legislative Session: Interim Committees & Planning: There are two main priorities in this section: working with the Governor’s office on the agency’s budget, and monitoring bill draft requests ahead of the legislative session, which begins in February.
  • Pre-Opening Process for Schools Opening in 2023: The board was provided with an overview of this process today. A checklist and memo will be provided to each applicable school, and more deliberate deadlines have been added. Explore the memo and checklist.

Board Approved School Contract Amendment Applications

The Board approved Somerset Academy of Las Vegas’ articulation agreement granting 8th grade students enrolled at the school’s middle school campus on Stephanie St. to enroll at Pinecrest Academy’s Cadence high school campus.

Explore the request and the recommendation memo.

The Board approved Pinecrest Academy of Nevada’s articulation agreement granting 8th grade students from Somerset Academy’s middle school campus to enroll at its Cadence high school campus. The Board also approved a modified lottery policy creating an enrollment preference for these students.

Explore the request and the recommendation memo.

The Board approved Mater Academy’s request to provide bus transportation of students to and from its campus for extracurricular activities.

Explore the request and the recommendation memo.

Board Reviewed 2021-2022 NSPF Results from the 2021-2022 School Year and Approved the Academic Performance Review and Recommendations

SPCSA staff provided an overview of how charter school performed on the Nevada School Performance Framework (NSPF) from the 2021-2022 school year. Almost 80% of SPCSA schools received a score of 50 or higher (3-star NSPF rating), outperforming the state. Proficiency rates increased for elementary and middle schools, but decreased for high school students.

Staff also provided an overview of the SPCSA Academic Performance Framework Ratings and how SPCSA schools are reviewed. Schools are reviewed on four indicators (NSPF index score, geographical comparison, enrollment diversity, and school progress), with metrics under each indicator. From there, a points system determines a rating of exceeds standard meets standard, does not meet standard, or below standard. On the SPCSAS Academic Performance Framework, 83% of SPCSA schools received a Met or Exceeds Standard rating.

Eight schools were approved to have prior notices for academic performance removed, and 13 schools were approved for additional oversight and monitoring for the 2022-2023 school year.

Explore the presentation and academic results appendix.

Board Received a New Schools Update

Board members received an update on Eagle Charter School, which was approved in January 2021 and is scheduled to open for the 2023-2024 school year. A facility has been identified at 2025 E. Sahara Ave., and construction and other key partners for facility development have been identified. A COO has been hired, and the school has final interviews for a principal scheduled in early December. Community engagement for recruitment is also underway, with an open enrollment scheduled from December 1 – February 1, and priorities of 1:1 and bilingual outreach, and frequent follow-ups to interested families.

Explore the presentation.

Board Conditionally Approved Rooted School’s Application

Rooted School – Clark County resubmitted its application for consideration, with a proposed opening of August 2023. This school’s mission is to rapidly reduce America’s wealth gap by connecting underserved and talented teenagers with career and financial pathways.

The Board approved Rooted School’s application with conditions and deadlines, including providing revised lottery policies, providing a fully executed lease for a facility, hiring a principal, and ensuring career and technical education courses comply with NDE requirements.

Explore the recommendation memo and resubmitted application.

Board Approved the Charter Application and Rubric for 2023 Applications

Staff provided a review of the SPCSA’s authority and requirements for application review and approval, and presented several proposed changes to the application and rubric, after feedback from the board, past applicants, community partners, and a working group.

Major revisions include reformatting the application, revamping the training approach and providing additional trainings, publishing the timeline, clarifying submission expectations, incorporating constituent feedback, adding language to prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion, and reorganizing sections of the application.

Explore the presentation, new application template, and proposed evaluation rubric.

Board Approved the 2023 Academic and Demographic Needs Assessment

Staff presented the updated 2023 Academic and Demographic Needs Assessment. Updates include the temporary use of index scores in place of star ratings, academic needs based on geographies with a 1- and 2-star rating, and a detailed breakdown of 1- and 2-star schools by school district.

Explore the assessment, needs map, and needs assessment data.

Board Received an Update on 2022-2023 School Year Demographics

Staff presented the 2022-2023 enrollment data. SPCSA is the third largest Local Education Agency in Nevada (behind Clark County and Washoe County School Districts), with 59,670 students for the 2022-2023 school year. This represents a 7.6% increase over 2021-22 enrollment numbers. Over 40% of SPCSA students are enrolled at Title I schools. Enrollment rates have increased for students identifying as Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Two or More Races, as well as economically disadvantaged students and students with disabilities. Further metrics on different student groups within Clark County, Washoe County, and statewide were also presented.

Explore the presentation and student enrollment attachment.

Board Received an Overview of the SPCSA’s Organizational Performance Framework

Staff presented an overview of the SPCSA’s Organizational Performance Framework. The performance framework measures the success, financial viability, and effectiveness of the school/organization. Principles of the Organizational Performance Framework include defining organizational benchmarks, treating schools the same, enabling school flexibility and autonomy, protecting public interest, and ensuring schools respect the rights of students, staff, families, and public.

Explore the presentation.

Long-Range Calendar (next 3 months):

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

  • Graduation data
  • Organizational performance framework results
  • State of the SPCSA
  • New schools update

Explore the calendar.

Public Comment #2

Public comment was heard on:

  • Concerns regarding Nevada State High School
  • Potential additional student enrollment at Discovery Charter School

The next Meeting of the SPCSA Board is scheduled for Friday, December 16, 2022 @ 9:00 a.m. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 11/17/22

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, November 17, 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.

Joint Meeting with the Audit Advisory Committee

Trustees Received a Presentation of the Annual Independent Auditor’s Report for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2022

Representatives from Eide Bailly presented the annual Independent Auditor’s Report for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2022. Highlights included:

  • Auditor’s issued an unmodified opinion, which is the highest level of assurance that financial materials are correct and can be relied upon.
    • The Government Auditing Standards report showed no material weaknesses or significant deficiencies.
    • The Compliance report did not find any non-compliance.
    • Uniform Guidance on Major Federal Programs report yielded an unmodified opinion and did not identify any significant deficiencies or material weaknesses.
    • The Schedule of Expenditures showed a healthier financial position trend year-over-year.
  • The reserves (fund balance) have increased to almost $113M, or 4% of expenditures and restricted funds now total around $207M.
  • Revenues were around $30M less than budget, due to decreases in enrollment and investment income. CCSD holds investments to maturity, however, and will not be selling them at a loss. It is expecting to earn about 2% on those investments.
  • Spend was about $191M less than budget, mostly due to staff vacancies and supply chain carry-over.
  • Total expenditures were around $260M lower in totality, again due to staff shortages and timing of spends that were delayed by supply chain backlogs.
  • CCSD is the largest employer in Clark County (over 40,000 employees), with most in the instructional unit.
  • Cost-per-pupil spend continues to trend upward, while student-to-teacher ratio is trending downward.

Explore the report and the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report.

Trustees Approved the Independent Auditor’s Narrative Report of Recommendations and District Responses to Recommendations for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2022, and Independent Auditor’s Statements on NRS Compliance (7-0)

Trustees approved to accept CCSD’s responses to the independent auditor’s recommendations for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2022. The written responses and narrative will be incorporated by reference into the minutes, and the report will be filed as per NRS 354.625. Trustees also accepted the auditor’s statements on NRS compliance, including any necessary corrective actions. These will also be transmitted and filed. 

The report found CCSD to be fully compliant in all areas.

Explore the narrative report.

Trustees Approved the Authorization to Include the Recap of Budget Appropriation Transfers between Governmental Functions of all Funds for the Period from July 1, 2021 – June 20, 2022, in Official Board Minutes (7-0)

Trustees approved authorizing inclusion of the recap of budget appropriations transfers from fiscal year 2022 (July 1, 2021 – June 20, 2022), in official board minutes.

Explore the recap of budget appropriation transfers.

Public Comment on Items Not Listed on Action Items of the Agenda of the Joint Meeting

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Suggestions on how to better shift spending to the staff level, and general comments on compliance

Public Comment on Non-Agenda Items

  • Changes to public comment and engagement with the Board
  • Issues with late busses and inability to track some busses
  • Suggestion on dress code compliance

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for December 8, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. 

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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, November 8, 2022

Washoe County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

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Watch the meeting playback.

What happened at this meeting?

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda

Item 2.04, the approval of the student behavior manual and implementation report, was pulled and passed along a separate vote, noting that the item will return to the agenda for periodic updates and discussion as necessary.

Explore the consent agenda here.

Trustees Adopted Resolution 22-031, Recognizing November 7-11, 2022 as National School Psychology Week

Trustees adopted a resolution that recognized November 7-11, 2022 as National School Psychology Week.

Explore the resolution.

Trustees Adopted Resolution 22-033, Recognizing November 14-20, 2022 as National Apprenticeship Week

Trustees adopted a resolution that will recognize National Apprenticeship Week from November 14-20, 2022, and the importance of career and technical education.

Explore the resolution.

Trustees Conducted a Public Hearing on and Adopted Resolution 22-032, Authorizing the Issuance of Up To $3.4 Million of Medium-Term Obligations to Acquire School Buses and Other Support Vehicles for the District

Trustees conducted a public hearing on and then adopted Resolution 22-032, which authorizes up to $3.4 million in medium-term general obligations to acquire school buses and other support vehicles and equipment for the district.

Explore the resolution.

Trustees Discussed and Approved a Process for the Appointment of a Potentially Vacant Position on the Board of Trustees

Trustees discussed and then approved a process to appoint a legally qualified individual to fill a potential vacancy on the Board of Trustees in District E. Dr. Angela Taylor is running for State Assembly, and should she win, she cannot hold more than one elected office at one time, per NRS 281.055. The appointment would run through December 2024.

The Office of the General Counsel and Board Services recommended that a solicitation for applications be placed in the Reno Gazette-Journal and on other news and social media sites, and following the application deadline, the Board would reduce qualified applicants to be interviewed at a special Board meeting on December 6. The finalists would then be voted on by the Board for a decision on the appointment.

Explore the calendar, invitation to apply, and the notice of meeting to appoint, as well as a map of District E and interview questions from a 2021 vacancy process.

Trustees Received a Spotlight Presentation on the Success of Students Attending Florence Drake Elementary School

Trustees received a presentation highlighting Florence Drake Elementary School, one of Nevada’s Blue Ribbon schools for this year. Several students and staff participated in the presentation. The school’s focuses include Math Claim 1: concepts and procedures, speaking on ACCESS, family engagement, bringing back family nights, and ‘school within a school’ classrooms.

Explore the presentation.

Board Received an Update on the Progress and Schedule for the District-Wide Facility Modernization Plan

Trustees received an update on the Facility Modernization Plan, following a series of community forums, analyzing existing facility data, and an open online survey. The team has engaged a district planning group for visioning and goal-setting workshops. Topics of these meetings have included student experience, equity, STEAM, career and technical education, and more.

Community engagement for the plan has been very active, including holding stakeholder advisory group workshops, community forums, involving the student advisory council, and deploying the first community survey, which closes November 11. Facility condition assessments, educational adequacy assessments, and capacity analysis are being evaluated.

Next steps include the last round of community forums, taking place January 25 and 26, and encouraging members of the public to take the community survey, available in both English and Spanish. Data analysis will also continue. Another update will take place in December.

Explore the presentation.

Student Representative’s Report

The Student Representative did not provide a report at this meeting.

Trustee Reports

Trustee district highlights were abbreviated for this meeting due to weather conditions, but included:

  • Issuing a call for civility during the election season

Superintendent’s Report

The Superintendent did not provide a report at this meeting.

Public Comment

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Reno High School facilities usage

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for November 22, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. 

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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, November 3, 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: 

  • Student discipline data disparities
  • State Public Charter School Authority appointments
  • College and Career Readiness High School Assessment process and student involvement

President’s Report

Highlights included:

  • The Department held the Nevada Future of Learning network convening in October. Discussion included the “Portrait of the Learner” initiative, competency-based education, and what stakeholders want kids to be able to do when they graduate from high school. Highlights from the event include a student panel, and discussions on future jobs and community engagement.
  • The December Board meeting will include community stakeholders, school districts, and charter schools to review their progress in 2022.
  • A stakeholders’ meeting for NRS 385.040 was held.
  • The NSHE Board of Regents’ representative on the Board reported that 2022-2023 enrollment is slightly down for the system. A committee to review the roles and responsibilities of the chancellor is underway. The Regents are currently awaiting the Governor’s proposed budget and the 2023 legislative session.

Superintendent’s Report

  • Several new staff positions were announced.
  • The Advanced Career and Technical Education Conference will be held in Las Vegas from November 30 – December 3.
  • Nevada was selected to participate in the National P-3 Institute Annual Conference.

Board Approved Consent Agenda 

Consent agenda items included:

Explore the consent agenda items.

Board Received a Presentation on the English Mastery Council Final Report

The English Mastery Council (EMC) was charged with making recommendations concerning criteria for District English Learner (EL) policy, reviewing district EL policies, making recommendations concerning requirements to teach English as a Second Language (ESL), and making recommendations for standards and criteria for curriculum for English learners.

Recommendations from the EMC include:

  • Amending regulatory language for endorsements to teach a program of bilingual education
  • Providing targeted funding for students in the lowest 25th percentile of English language academic achievement, equivalent to funding provided for EL students
  • Requiring each district to create a policy and implementation plan for meeting the needs of students performing in the lowest 25th percentile of English language academic achievement
  • Requiring schools in the lowest 25th percentile of English language academic achievement to develop a corrective action plan
  • Requiring all school districts to create a detailed EL plan to implement their EL policy, regardless of the number of ELs in the district and even if there are not ELs currently identified in the district, and specifying ELD curriculum materials and instructional methods
  • Properly and accurately identifying EL students to avoid over-identification of special education students and under-identification of GATE students
  • Conducting professional development to improve instruction and assessment for ELs
  • Increasing educator capacity through opportunities such as recruiting and incentivizing teachers with TESL/ELAD endorsements or those with equity and evidence training
  • Requiring districts to establish procedures and opportunities for parents of EL students to provide feedback and recommendations on EL programming

Some members of the Board will be participating in a sub-committee to continue this discussion further and prioritizing recommendations from the EMC.

Explore the presentation.

Board Awarded Teach Nevada Scholarships

The Board approved $2.5 million in awards for the Teach Nevada Scholarships – Phase II. These scholarships will be distributed to Clark County School District, Great Basin College, UNLV, UNR, and Washoe County School District, in multiple programs.

Explore the presentation and awards.

Board Reviewed the Draft Survey and Process for the College and Career Readiness High School Assessment RFP Survey

Beginning in 2018, Nevada began to use the ACT as the state’s college and career readiness assessment, and the process for that assessment is up for review. The Board reviewed the draft survey and process for obtaining public comment for the RFP process for the College and Career Readiness High School Assessment.  

Several of the questions have been shortened and simplified from a version previously presented to the Board. A question was added on career readiness to the survey, and the survey will proceed.

Explore the survey draft.

Board Received a Presentation on Discipline Data, Disaggregated by Population

The Board received a presentation on discipline data disaggregated by student groups. Disparities persist with suspensions and expulsions among white, Black, and Hispanic students. Additional data was presented on different types of disciplinary infractions, as well as on the approach to improve school climate. The approach includes the Multi-Tiered Systems of support, restorative justice practices, and social and emotional learning.

Explore the presentation and data.

Board Received a Presentation on the Nevada Educator Performance Framework Summative Evaluation Ratings and Survey Data

This presentation is part of an annual review of the statewide performance evaluation system. On the Nevada Educator Performance Framework (NEPF), there was an increase in teachers rated as highly effective, and a decrease in teachers rated as effective. There was also a slight increase in administrators rated effective, and a decrease in administrators rated highly effective.

Staff also reviewed results from the annual Monitoring for Continuous Improvement (MCI) educator surveys. About 24% of administrators and 31% of teachers responded, with most respondents agreeing that the evaluation helped identify areas of growth and focused more on professional growth rather than awarding a score or rating. Most respondents also agreed that feedback positively impacted instructional/leadership practice.

Explore the presentation and results.

Board Selected an Appointee to the Nevada State Public Charter School Authority Board

The Board appointed Cindi Rivera as a Board of Education appointee to the Nevada State Public Charter School Authority Board. Rivera will serve on the SPCSA board for the duration of an unexpired term ending June 30, 2024.

Explore the candidates’ applications.

Board Discussed a Position Statement for the Upcoming 2023 Legislative Session

The Board discussed a revised version of its position statement on additional funding from the 2023 legislative session. Additional edits were made to underscore the impact of the areas of focus (educator recruitment, training retention, and support; pre-k programs; and infrastructure) on student outcomes, add a statement that funding alone will not solve the challenges outlined and to explore additional pathways to address these challenges, and incorporate other changes prior to sending.

Explore the draft position statement.

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

The Board conducted a public hearing for Temporary Regulation #T005-22, which would lower the weight of an end-of-course final from the currently required 20% of a student’s final course grade to 5% of a student’s final course grade for the 2022-2023 school year; and request that for 2022-2023 school year, only Math I, Integrated Math I, and ELA I-Reading Comprehension End of Course (EOC) assessments are administered, scored, and used in a student’s final course grade. This change would remove the Math II, Integrated Math II, and ELA II exams from being administered in the 2022-2023 school year.

Explore the proposed regulation and public hearing materials.

Board Conducted a Public Hearing for Temporary Regulation #T007-22

The Board conducted a public hearing for Temporary Regulation #T007-22, regarding the uniform grading scale for all public high schools to include dual credit courses and assign the same weight for such courses assigned to advanced placement courses.

Explore the proposed regulation and public hearing materials.

Future Agenda Items

The December meeting will include the annual stakeholders’ meeting to discuss benchmarks and goals.

Public Comment #2

Public comment was heard on the following subjects:

  • Monthly payments from the Pupil Centered Funding Plan
  • Math achievement and math teacher shortages
  • Equity in language access regarding school nurses and health staff

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 15, 2022.


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Nevada Ed-Watch: 10/27/22

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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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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

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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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Nevada Ed-Watch: 10/13/22

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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

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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 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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