Nevada Ed-Watch: 4/28/2022

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, April 28, 2022

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda and the addendum to the meeting agenda.
Watch the meeting playback on Facebook or CCSD EduVision.

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment #1 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments regarding: 

  • Student safety
  • Restorative justice in schools
  • Teacher pay and retention
  • Recent incidents of school violence and harassment
  • Proposed start time revisions for high schools
  • Student discipline measures

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda (5-2)

Consent Agenda Highlights:

Members of the public provided comments on student expulsions, contract awards, recommendations of the Sex Education Advisory Committee, Distance Education program renewal, non-renewal of probationary unified and licensed contracts, critical labor shortages, the Magnet Schools Assistance Program, and a right-of-entry item for NV Energy at Western High School.

Trustees Conducted a Public Hearing on and Approved a New Memorandum of Agreement between CCSD and the Clark County Association of School Administrators and Professional-Technical Employees Regarding Extra-Pay for a 12-Month Administrator with Additional Responsibilities (7-0)

Trustees conducted a public hearing on and approved a new Memorandum of Agreement regarding extra-pay for a 12-month administrator to be on-call for CCSD’s Connection Line support program from April 2 – August 7, 2022. This Memorandum allows the extra pay of $1,762.88.

Explore the Memorandum of Agreement and fiscal impacts of the Memorandum.

Trustees Heard an Update on Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds (ESSER) III

Staff presented an update on federal funding relief allocated to CCSD under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. ESSER III funds were enacted in March 2021 in the amount of $777,849,496 for continued pandemic relief and recovery. Staff reported that it is on time regarding implementation and plan refresh. Spending priorities have been summarized below, and additional details regarding priority areas, related budgets, and success metrics were shared on student success; teachers, principals, and staff; COVID-19 mitigation and other costs; balanced governance and leadership; and parent and community support.

Explore the presentation.

Trustees Discussed the Implementation of the Reorganization of CCSD and Compliance with NRS 388G and Passed a Motion to Establish an AB 469 Subcommittee (5-2)

Trustees discussed possible action regarding the implementation of reorganizing CCSD and compliance with NRS 388G, after the most recent Nevada Board of Education meeting, where language revisions were moved forward to a workshop period.

Trustees discussed ideas to bring the district into compliance and align with these changes as they progress. A suggestion to form a board subcommittee to monitor compliance was brought forward, including discussion on possible composition of that committee, increasing transparency and communication regarding compliance, and ensuring the public has an opportunity to provide feedback to the subcommittee and Board.

The Board passed a motion forming the subcommittee to review AB 469 implementation and ensure any new district policies relating to AB 469 either meet or exceed the conditions and terms of AB 469, noting that any proposed policies must come to the full Board for adoption.

Explore the proposed NRS and NAC language revisions as presented at the April 21 Nevada State Board of Education meeting.

Public Comment #2 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Autism awareness
  • Special education
  • Student and school safety
  • School board etiquette

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for May 12, 2022 @ 5pm. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 4/21/22

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, April 21, 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: 

  • Teacher and support staff recruitment, retention, and pay
  • The impact of AB 469 on teachers, support staff, and current employment agreements
  • AB 469 definitions

President’s Report

Highlights included:

  • The Washoe County School Board is in the final process of selecting its next Superintendent of Public Schools, and the new superintendent will be announced next week.
  • Student safety concerns and the importance of providing resources for students who are experiencing stress, trauma, and mental health issues were also highlighted.

Superintendent’s Report

Highlights included:

  • Safety, Mental, and Behavioral Needs of Nevada Students and Educators Roundtables were held. Discussions included protections for employees and students, misconceptions regarding restorative justice, and student discipline measures related to safety issues.
  • Twenty-five teams competed in the FIRST Robotics Competition at the Thomas & Mack Center, in a statewide competition. Some students are participating in the national competition in Texas.
  • SPCSA appointment applications are due in by May 13 and can be found here.

Board Approved Consent Agenda 

Consent agenda items included:

Board Heard an Update on Ratios of Specialized Instructional Support Personnel

The Board heard an update on ratios of Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (SISP) and the implementation of requirements in Senate Bill (SB) 89 (2019), SB 151 (2021), and SB 352 (2021). The presentation explained the update to the ratios (SB 89 and 151) and some of the strategies and policies to help increase the number of support personnel in schools.

Clark County and Washoe County are required to create reports on these ratios, and baseline ratios were reported from the 2019 and 2020 school years. There is still work to be done to reach these ratios within these school districts across the board, with a decline in social workers and an uptick in school noted by staff.

Efforts to improve SISP ratios include differing revenue streams to support hiring and developing these positions. Staff are also looking at more diversified revenue streams to fund these positions.

Explore the presentation, which includes baseline numbers, ratios, and reporting.

Board Approved Teach Nevada Scholarship Awards

The Board received a presentation on current available funds for Teach Nevada scholarship awards and requests. Available funds for 2023 allocations are $2.4 million. They are proposing two award phases in the fiscal year to allow for better planning and scholarship distribution. 2022 carryover funds, as well as rebalanced funds, will be requested in the fall. Two options were presented for awards during this meeting, and board approved the second option.

Explore the presentation.

Board Heard an Update on Educator Recruitment Needs and Efforts

The Board received presentations from Data Insight Partners and EdLiFE on educator retention and attrition, national education workforce trends, and statewide efforts on educator recruitment and retention.

Data Insight Partners presented on educator retention and attrition and workforce trends. It is estimated that 3,000 more teachers are needed in Nevada, based on recommended class sizes. Comparing Nevada’s student-teacher ratios with national averages, this is a conservative estimate, as approximately 9 in 10 students are in a larger-than-recommended class size.

In the last two years, staff separations have accelerated later in the school year (April – July). Teachers this year are leaving at a faster pace earlier in the school year, with 1,156 teacher/licensed staff separations between August and March of this school year (comparatively, in 2020-21, there were 824 separations, and in 2019-20, there were 781 separations). Teacher recruitment nationwide is expected to be competitive.

The work ahead identified is understanding trends, pipeline, and obstacles moving forward; building the data infrastructure; monitoring access to experienced teachers; and improving the ability to predict future demand.

EdLiFE staff presented on efforts underway to expand and increase the diversity of Nevada’s education workforce, recruitment, and retention efforts.

Explore the Data Insight Partners presentation and the EdLiFE presentation.

Board Received an Update on Implementation of AB 469, and Approved Items for Regulation Workshops

The Board received a presentation on national non-compliance policies and practices related to state takeovers, possible non-compliance regulatory language, and revisions of other language as mandated by AB 469, as brought forth from the AB 469 Subcommittee.

Four possible NAC 388G draft regulation changes were discussed:

  1. Possible regulatory language changes regarding the non-compliance policy for large school districts, including the appointment of a compliance monitor. Additional language changes include the monitor having the requisite skills that align to the deficiencies of the district, conditions of the receivership, and the resources and compensation of the monitor.
  2. Possible regulatory language changes on dispute resolution processes
  3. Proposed changes to language that specifically outline the school district’s responsibility to mandatory training on provisions of NRS 388G.500-388G.810.
  4. Additional clarity on defining staff that is evaluated by the principal or principal’s staff as included in Subsection 2 of NRS 388G.610.

After discussion, the proposed language on non-compliance policy/consequences (with changes), dispute resolution revision, training language, and the definition of “other staff under the direct supervision of the principal” were approved to move forward.

The next steps will be to have these proposed regulations go to regulation workshops, and then be presented back to the Board for a formal hearing. Upon approval, these changes would be sent to the Legislative Commission for final review and adoption.

Explore the proposed language and presentation.

Future Agenda Items

Suggestions for future agenda items regarding mental health and student safety were discussed.

Public Comment #2

Public comment was heard on the following subjects:

  • Support staff development and certificate programs
  • Student and staff safety
  • Bus driver professional pathways


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Nevada Ed-Watch: 04/07/22

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.


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, April 7, 2022

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

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

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment #1 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments regarding: 

  • Parent concerns on school-level staff
  • Student concerns regarding school safety
  • Student concerns over Global Community High School policies
  • Elementary school physical education programming
  • District-wide student testing

Explore written public comment.

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda (7-0)

Consent Agenda Highlights:

There was no public comment on consent agenda items.

Trustees Conducted a Public Hearing and Approved an Amendment to the 2021-2023 Negotiated Agreement between CCSD and the Education Support Employees Association Regarding Correction to Pay Matrix Language (6-1-0)

A public hearing took place regarding an amendment to the 2021-2023 negotiated agreement between CCSD and the Education Support Employees Association. The amendment modifies language in Articles 19-4, 19-4-2, and 19-4-3 and eliminates the previous column of the pay matrix designated at A1. Employees hired on or after July 1, 2022, will be placed at B1 of the pay matrix. There are no additional costs associated with this amendment.

There was one Trustee abstention on this vote. 

Explore the fiscal impacts summary and agreement.

Trustees Approved ​​a Notice of Intent to Adopt, Repeal, or Amend Clark County School District Regulation 5111: Age of Entrance and Enrollment Identity Documentation Requirements; Policy 5111: Age of Entrance and Enrollment Identity Documentation Requirements; and Regulation 5111.1: Enrollment Identity Documentation Requirements (7-0)

Staff presented these agenda items concurrently (4.02, 4.03, and 4.04). Changes to the language include removing outdated language and replacing the language so it is aligned with Nevada Revised Statutes to be in compliance with legislative action. This language relates to the change in enrollment age for kindergarten, in that a child must be five years of age on or before the first day of the school year to be admitted to kindergarten; prior regulations and policies stated that a child had to be at least age five on or before September 30 of the school year to be admitted to kindergarten. This policy also specifies required documentation to prove the age of the child in order to be enrolled in kindergarten. 

This item will be submitted for approval at the Thursday, May 12, 2022, Board of Trustees meeting. 

Explore the Notice of Intent for Regulation 5111, the Notice of Intent for Policy 5111, and the Notice of Intent for Regulation 5111.1.

Trustees Approved the CCSD 2022-2023 Tentative Budget to be Filed with the State of Nevada (7-0)

Staff presented the tentative 2022-2023 fiscal year budget, to be submitted to the Department of Taxation by April 15. Authorization of the tentative budget and adoption of the final budget is due to be heard May 16. Uncertainties reflected in the budget include enrollment numbers, risk of recession, and partial continuation of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) initiatives after the federal funding period ends.

Student enrollment is expected to be down slightly for the fiscal year, with an expected average daily enrollment of about 300,000 students.

The Pupil-Centered Funding Plan will be fully implemented for the 2022-23 school year, with districts receiving adjusted base funding, weighted funding, and auxiliary service funding. Challenges include fixed costs in schools affecting small schools disproportionately, possible disproportional custodial costs, staffing ratios for 1 and 2-star schools compared to 3, 4, and 5-star schools, and different types of schools with varied needs.

To address these challenges, the district has stratified per-pupil funding by elementary, middle, and high school, type of school, and enrollment. Additional add-on amounts and Hold Harmless ceiling and floors were also established.  Academic leadership, the Business and Finance Unit, principals, and other parties will meet to review methods to improve funding for various types of schools and further update the funding model to better meet the objectives of Focus: 2024 and the needs of students. Staff also provided detail on Weighted Funding formulas for At-Risk, English Learners, and Gifted and Talented programs. 

Total per pupil revenues will be $9,573 this year, a slight increase from $9,466 last fiscal year. General operating revenues are expected to be $2,872,293,000, a change of $7,148,100 from the previous fiscal budget. 

83% of the tentative budget will be spent on salaries and benefits, a decrease from previous years, due to a change in how services for EL students, at-risk students, and Gifted and Talented students are classified in special revenue funds. The remaining 17% includes textbooks/supplies, utilities, professional services, technology, etc. On staffing, about 85% of salaries and benefits are for school-level personnel. Additional details on spending can be found in the budget presentation.

In comparing the 2022-23 tentative budget with last year’s, the district is expecting about $117 million in increased expenditures, attributed primarily to contracts and employee increases and spending down funds that sit in school carryover. The ending fund balance unassigned is projected at $122 million, or 4.25% carryover, a slight increase from last fiscal year.

Explore the budget presentation and budget.

Trustees Discussed the Development and Revision of Policies and Regulations Relating to School District Reorganization

Staff gave an overview on policy recommendations to align district organization with state regulations in NRS 388G and NAC 388G to be in compliance with AB 469. These include recommendations regarding general provisions of these regulations; formation of local school precincts; financial determinations and considerations for local school precincts; management and operation of local school precincts; and monitoring effectiveness of local school precincts. 

These policy recommendations include adding language that documents the requirements for sharing information, transferring responsibilities, and defining site-based decision making, as well as requirements regarding other procedures relating to transferring responsibilities to schools, staff selections, and staff assignments. It also recommends including language in new regulations that document requirements for the selection, placement, and responsibilities of region superintendents and school associate superintendents; budget development; requirements related to School Organizational Teams and School Plans of Operation; requirements for monitoring effectiveness of local school precincts; dispute resolution related to the reorganization of the district; and requirements relating to service level agreements. 

Relating to NAC 388G regulations, the recommendation is to await final action from the Nevada State Board of Education. 

Trustees discussed School Organizational Teams, streamlining supply needs and appeals processes, and ways to increase communication and collaboration among stakeholders. The next steps would be for staff to take the recommendations and feedback from the Trustees to synthesize into a draft to be presented to the board as a Notice of Intent.

Explore the presentation, NRS and NAC language, and the 2018 plan for implementation.

Public Comment #2 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Spelling bee programs in elementary schools
  • Literacy programs
  • Staffing concerns
  • Student discipline and behavior 
  • Concerns over Global Community High School policies
  • Infinite Campus data
  • Special education and IEPs
  • Teacher pay and insurance

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for April 28, 2022 @ 5pm. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 03/17/2022

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, March 17, 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: 

  • Dispute resolution language in NRS 388G
  • Implementation of AB 469
  • Regulatory language and other provisions in AB 469

President’s Report

Highlights included:

  • There is an opening on the State Public Charter School Authority Board. This is a three-year appointment that begins July 1, 2022 and concludes June 30, 2025. The application can be found here. Applications close on May 13, 2022.
  • Nevada Reading Week was held February 28 – March 4, 2022, with the goal to inspire a love of reading statewide. Twelve diverse authors also took part in a reading event, reaching about 24,000 students statewide.
  • The Board participated in Silver State Governance Training to ensure that the Board’s goals are aligned with the vision for the state. Additional discussion on this topic will be provided later in the meeting.

Superintendent’s Report

Highlights included:

  • U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona visited Clark County, discussing school and student needs, resource allocation on a federal level, and other topics.

Board Approved Consent Agenda 

Consent agenda items included:

Board Heard an Update Regarding Revisions to Proposed Definitions and Regulatory Language from the AB 469 Subcommittee

The Board reviewed possible revisions to NAC 388G, from discussions heard during the February 23, 2022 AB 469 subcommittee meeting. Proposed changes include defining terms within the proposed regulations in Section 1, and reviewing placement and hiring aspects for local precincts in Sections 2 and 3.

Board members discussed substitute teacher hiring and reporting requirements. The Board approved the proposed language as drafted and will be moving forward with the workshop and hearing process.

Explore the updates here.  

Board Heard an Update on State Board of Education Interim Goals in Accordance with Silver State Governance Training

The Board received a presentation on interim goals to align with the State Board of Education’s two long-term goals, which include measures for annual progress that follow the framework of Silver State Governance.

The first State Board of Education goal is to move up in State rankings from 18th in September 2020 to Top 10 by July 2026, as measured by academic portions of Quality Counts K-12 Student Achievement Index. The interim goals for success include closing pre-K-8 opportunity gaps, reducing graduation rate opportunity gaps, increasing participation in college-level and career and technical education (CTE) coursework, and enhancing support for English Learners (ELs).

The second goal is to increase the overall number of students receiving the College and Career Ready (CCR) diploma from 23.9% in July 2021 to 50% by July 2026 and eliminate gaps of student groups while raising the overall average. Interim goals to achieve this will be increasing access to STEM learning, increasing participation in college-level and CTE coursework, expanding access to CTE for all students (including free and asynchronous learning opportunities), and increasing college enrollment.  

Explore the working copy of the goals and benchmarks here.

Explore the possible guardrails here.

Future Agenda Items

Future agenda items may include moving the Board meeting time and increasing accessibility to Board meetings, receiving an informational briefing and discussion on CCR diplomas, and receiving an informational briefing on the Community College Workforce Development Board.

Public Comment #2

Public comment was heard on the following subjects:

  • Access to the ACT in languages other than English
  • Reorganization of large school districts
  • State rankings for academic achievement reporting
  • Community engagement
  • AB 469 transparency and proposed regulations
  • Violent incidents involving students and employees


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Nevada Ed-Watch 11/13/20

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 and is set for video conferencing between Las Vegas and Carson City. Click here to see the 2020 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. There is a time limit of three minutes per speaker. Members of the community providing testimony must fill out a visitor card, available on-site the day of the meeting.

Click here for a list of all State Board Members.


Thursday, November 12, 2020
Nevada State Board of Education Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda 

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment

Members of the public provided testimony regarding: 

  • Concerns about the implementation of the reorganization of the Clark County School District and changes that could impact school principal decision making
  • Concerns about adequate revenue to fund education 
  • Concerns about the appropriate use of data from recently administered assessments  

Superintendent’s Report

State Superintendent Ebert report highlights:

  • Legislative Engagement: Department staff recently presented to the Legislative Committee on Education regarding the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Taskforce. Additionally, the Interim Legislative Committee on Education has selected school bus safety inspections as a topic of an upcoming bill draft request for the legislative session. 
  • National Equity Project: Department staff have been working to develop and deliver professional d equity. In collaboration with the National Equity Project, has delivered two trainings to NDE staff. 
  • Teacher Licenses: To help alleviate the negative impact of COVID-19 on licensed teachers, the Department has issued a six-month extension to any licensee with an expiring license. 

Click here to see the full report

Board Approved Consent Agenda

Consent agenda highlights: 

Board Approved Definition of At-Risk for Funding Formula

In follow up to discussions at the August 27 and October 8 Board meetings, an updated definition of the “at-risk” category for the Pupil Centered Funding Formula was approved by the Board. A pupil is “at-risk” if the pupil 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. The term does not include pupils with a disability or pupils who are English Learners. 

Click here to see the presentation

Board Heard Update on Implementation of SB108

Senate Bill 108, passed during the 2017 Legislative Session, required the State Board to create a subcommittee to study the manner to incorporate instruction concerning crimes that frequently involve people under 18 years old into social studies units. The subcommittee convened and provided the following recommendations: 

  • Content should be addressed in age appropriate manner 
  • Content should be delivered as part of an existing lesson
  • Appropriate professional learning should be provided to educators 
  • Existing resources and lessons should be differentiated starting in the primary grades
  • Districts should work with external partners to accomplish the requirements of the bill 

The Department of Education is working to implement the recommendations, first by curating a list of high quality instructional materials to be ready by summer 2021. Additionally, the Department will provide professional development opportunities for educators to learn how to incorporate materials into content areas by winter 2021. 

Click here to see the presentation 

Board Approved Investigation Into AB469 Implementation 

Assembly Bill 469, passed by the Nevada Legislature in 2017, outlines the reorganization of large school districts in Nevada. The intent of AB469 is to provide increased localized decision making at school sites by principals and school organizational teams. Issues with the implementation of this bill were discussed by the Board regarding the placement of licensed and qualified teachers in vacant classrooms, specifically the authority to select staff,  purchasing of equipment, services & supplies available from the District by schools, and school carry forward of year‐end fund balances. 

Board members approved a directive to Department staff to complete an investigation into these issues and the implementation of the bill. The investigation will include any noncompliance with the implementation under the purview of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction as well as areas of ambiguity that can be addressed by the regulatory authority of the State Board of Education. 

Click here to see the presentation

Board Heard Update on MAP Data and Read by Grade 3 Educator Supports 

Representatives of NWEA provided Board members with an update on results from Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) growth assessment testing throughout the state. The MAP assessment was completed by students in various settings, including at home and in-person. NWEA representatives shared that this data should be considered as one point among many. Board members discussed the need to ensure that testing is accurate and variables, such as parental support during at-home testing, are controlled for to ensure that data provided is meaningfully related to student academic growth. 

Click here to see the NWEA MAP presentation

Additionally, the Board heard updates from Department Staff on supports that have been provided to educators regarding the Read by Grade 3 initiative. Department staff have been providing open “office hours” for general Q&A, ongoing updates regarding the impact of COVID-19, professional development sessions and workshops, and technical assistance in the form of memos and implementation guides for educators.

Click here to see the full update.

Board Heard District & School Operations and Education during COVID-19

Superintendents of three school districts and student representatives from across Nevada each provided updates to the Board on the implementation of school reopening.

  • Humboldt County School District (HCSD): 
    • HCSD is engaged in hybrid learning for elementary and middle schools, with the combined school fully in person. All students have the option to continue with distance learning only. 
    • HCSD has implemented social emotional learning supports including restorative practices and positive behavior intervention supports. 
    • HCSD used AB3 funds to implement quality distance learning instruction for all HCSD students. 

Click here to see the Humboldt County presentation

  • Lyon County School District (ECSD):
    • LCSD K-2 students and other specific populations are attending in-person full time. A hybrid model is being used, as well as a full distance learning option. 
    • LCSD has implemented social emotional screeners for students in K-12, in addition to the implementation of social emotional learning curriculum. 
    • LCSD used AB3 funding to purchase chromebooks as well as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 

Click here to see the Lyon County presentation 

  • White Pine County School District (ECSD):
    • 85% of WPCSD students are engaged in in-person learning. 
    • WPCSD is focused on social emotional learning, including a two-day professional development workshop for all staff. 
    • WPCSD is anticipating another 200 devices and 20 hotspots for students. 

Click here to see the White Pine County presentation

  • Students from across the state provided the Board with information about how distance learning has impacted them and their peers. Students outlined issues with keeping up with school work amidst family responsibilities, concerns about their own and their peers’ mental health, issues with motivation, and the need for social interaction with peers. 

Board Heard Updates to Regulations

R135-20, Crisis, Emergency, and Suicide Response Plans (Approved)

This regulation requires that the Department research best practices and develop a framework for schools and districts to appropriately respond to crises, emergencies, and suicide. The updates to this regulation were approved.

Click here to see R135-20.

Regulation R064-20, Social and Environmental Factors (Not Approved)

This regulation requires that districts and charter schools assess the social and environmental factors that impact students’ educational experience, such as access to food, as well as plans to mitigate those factors. The Board discussed the need to ensure that requirements for schools do need exceed their current capacity without additional funds to supplement the completion. The Board directed staff to revise the regulation to remove cost-bearing requirements that are not attached to additional funds.

Click here to see R064-20.


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