Nevada Ed-Watch 7/17/19

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 9:00AM. Click here to see the 2019 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.


Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Nevada State Board of Education Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment

A member of the public expressed concerns about an outdated process for renewing teacher licenses.

President’s Report: 

The President’s Report included:

  • The Nevada Department of Education is working on implementing of public education related bills that came out of the 2019 legislative session. 
  • Well wishes to all educators, administrators, and staff members going into the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

Superintendent’s Report

Superintendent Ebert provided the following updates:

  • Jessica Todtman is the new Chief Strategy Officer for the Nevada Department of Education (NDOE).
  • About one-third of all NDOE staff members attended a legislative debrief meeting to review each bill that the department is implementing or supporting.
  • As a mandate of SB543, the state must form a Commission on School Funding. The commission will provide guidance to school districts and the department on the implementation of the plan for funding public schools. Members of the commission are appointed by the Governor and several members of the Legislature. The commission must hold its first meeting by October 1, 2019. 
  • The State Public Charter School Authority (SPCSA) is working on a Demographic Needs Assessment and a Growth Management Plan to be implemented by January 1, 2020.

Board Approved the Consent Agenda

Consent Agenda highlights:

  • Appointing members to the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC).
  • Approving instructional materials for the Carson City School District. 

Board Approved the Addition of Mission High School to the Alternative Performance Framework (APF)

The board heard a presentation overview of the Nevada Alternative Performance Framework (APF), and a proposed recommendation to add Mission High School to be measured under the APF.

Generally, schools qualified for the APF fall into one of four categories:

  • Schools offering credit recovery programs
  • Schools offering behavioral/continuation programs
  • Juvenile detention facilities serving adjudicated youth
  • Special education schools serving students with multiple and severe cognitive disabilities

The APF measurement indicators include Academic Achievement, Attendance, Academic progress, Graduation, Student Engagement, and Planning for success. 

Click here to download the presentation. 

Board Conditionally Approved the Application Document for State Public Charter School Authority (SPCSA) Board Positions

The State Board is required to appoint two members to the SPCSA Board by October 2019, as mandated by AB78. For individuals interested in applying, the application will be available on the department’s website

Click here to see the draft application document that was presented at the meeting. 

Board members discussed concerns and proposed changes to the application questions to ensure applicant privacy and protection of personal information. The application document was approved with the condition that proposed updates are applied.

Board Heard a Presentation About the Current State of School Funding 

A review of the current state of school funding was requested by board members at the June 2019 board meeting. This presentation provided an overview of the current funding sources for schools.

Click here to download the presentation.

Board Heard a Presentation About Federal and State School Improvement

The board heard an overview of the state’s accountability system under the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). 

The presentation focused on the following low-performing school designations: 

  • Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) 
  • Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) 
  • Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (ATSI) 

Board members requested information about how schools are held accountable for their performance. It was clarified that the designations above are the first step in the accountability process. Additional information will become available at a later time.

Click here to download the presentation.

Board Approved Changes to the NEPF Recommended by the Teachers and Leaders Council 

The Teachers and Leaders Council presented their recommended changes to the Nevada Educator Performance Framework (NEPF).

The board approved the following recommendations:

Click here to see the presentation.


Potential Future Agenda Items:

  • A review of the teacher licensure renewal process
  • A presentation about Read by Grade 3
  • Updates on teacher vacancies and class size reduction
  • A report on teacher shortage

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Nevada Ed-Watch 5/2/19

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 9:00AM. Click here to see the 2019 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, May 2, 2019
Nevada State Board of Education Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

President’s Report: Welcome New Members

The President’s Report included:

  • Welcoming the New State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jhone Ebert.
  • Welcoming a newly appointed board member, Dr. Katie Dockweiler, who replaced Tonia Holmes-Sutton’s position.
  • Recognizing the Board’s student representative, Ashley Macias, for her service throughout the 2018-2019 school year.

Superintendent’s Report: Board Heard Legislative Updates

Superintendent Ebert provided updates on the following legislation that the Department of Education is following:

  • AB78 – Revises provisions with the State Public Charter School Authority
  • SB467 – Extends Zoom and Victory programs
  • SB89 – Related to school safety
  • AB289 – Read by Grade 3 provision updates
  • SB84  – State Pre-K programs & funding

The Board also heard updates on the Americans with Disabilities Act agreement. In June 2016, the Department of Education entered into agreement with the U.S. Office of Civil Rights to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Department has fully implemented their accessibility plan.

Board Approved the Consent Agenda, which included:

  • Appointing members to the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC).
  • Approving instructional materials from the Clark County, Carson City, and Washoe County School Districts.

Board Heard Updates on The State Plan to Improve Student Achievement

The Board heard a presentation on the 2019 State Plan to Improve Achievement of Pupils (STIP).

The following 2019 focus areas were approved by the board:

  1. Strong Start (early childhood education)
  2. High-quality standards, curriculum, instruction & Support,
  3. Annual administration of aligned assessments and accountability
  4. Data-informed continuous improvement
  5. 3-stars in 3 years
  6. College and career readiness
  7. Educator readiness and equitable distribution
  8. Family engagement
  9. Internal systems and effectiveness
  10. Funding and reporting
  11. Student and adult development of social and emotional competencies
  12. Multi-tiered system of supports & department climate

Click here to see the presentation.

Superintendent Ebert stated that she will be conducting a listening tour to hear from parents, staff, community members, and Board members to understand needs of all stakeholders. This will inform the 2020 STIP.

Board Approved Recommendations for Changes to the Nevada Educator Performance Framework

The Board approved some recommendations from the Teachers and Leaders Council (TLC). The TLC is presenting to the legislature to change the Nevada Educator Performance Framework (NEPF) in the following ways:

  • Remove “developing” when used in conjunction with “ineffective” (approved)
  • Fund a statewide tool for NEPF implementation (approved)
  • Support for Regional Professional Development Programs (RPDP) for ongoing professional development related to NEPF results (approved)
  • Funding for a study to validate the NEPF (approved)
  • Drop Student Learning goals from 40% to 20% in the first year, and then to 15% for every year thereafter. (NOT approved)

The Board voted to approve these recommendations, with the exception of the recommendation to amend the weight of the Student Learning Goals. Rather than a staggered approach to changing the Student Learning Goals, the Board recommends 15% to start, to avoid putting systems into place that would have to be amended after the first year.

Click here to see the presentation.

Board Approved Quarterly Teacher-Pupil Ratio Variance

Currently, state law prescribes pupil-to-teacher ratios (17:1 for grades 1-2, and 20:1 for grade 3). However, due to lack of available financial support for pupil-to-teacher ratios and other good causes, some schools were approved for variances. Click here to see the variance report.

Board Heard a Presentation on the Perkins V: Strengthening CTE for the 21st Century Act

The Board heard a presentation on the updated Perkins V: Strengthening CTE for the 21st Century Act. The purpose of the Act is to improve Career and Technical Education, and to allow more flexibility for states to meet the unique needs of students, educators, and employers. A draft state plan will be presented to the Board in late fall or early winter for adoption and endorsement.

Click here to download the presentation.


Future Agenda Items:

  • Data Insight Partners presentation on improvements in achievement amidst changing student demographics.

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Nevada Ed-Watch 3/12/19

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 9:00AM. Click here to see the 2019 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.


Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Nevada State Board of Education Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

Board Heard Legislative Updates

The Acting State Superintendent provided updates on the bills listed below that the Department is engaging with this legislative session:

  • AB78: Joint bill between the Department and the State Public Charter School Authority that focuses on:
    • Clear lines of authority and accountability
    • Equitable enrollment and access
    • Clarified role of SPCSA as a Local Education Agency (LEA)
    • Appointment of 2 State Board members to the SPCSA Board
    • Merging the two state authorizers: the NV Achievement school District and the SPCSA
  • SB89: Related to School Safety
  • AB79: Related to Chronic Absenteeism
  • AB67: Related to Achievement Charter Schools
  • AB38: Related to Reporting Drug Overdoses
  • SB84: Related to Pre K  
  • AB88: Related to Enrollment
  • AB72 Related to Turnaround Schools
  • SB41: Related to Licensure
  • AB147: Related to English Mastery Council
  • BDR 34-824: Related to funding formula

Board Approved the Consent Agenda, which included:

  • Approval of Commission on Professional Standards adopted regulations
  • Approval of the renewal of Lander County School District’s request for Academic Credit for Career and Technical Education Agricultural coursework.
  • Approval of the protocol and form “Application for Approval” to authorize new Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs)
  • Approval of the relinquishment of license to operate a Private Education Institution for Northwest Academy

Board Interviewed Finalists for State Superintendent of Public Instruction Position

Board members conducted interviews with the following semi-finalists:

  • Brett Barley
  • David Donaldson
  • Jhone Ebert
  • Seng-Dao Yang Keo
  • Kristen McNeill
  • Marion Smith Jr.

The following 3 candidates were selected for Governor Sisolak’s consideration, in no particular order:

  • Brett Barley
  • Jhone Ebert
  • Seng-Dao Yang Keo

Click here to read about this in a Nevada Department of Education press release.

Click here to read about this in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Click here to read about this in the Nevada Independent.


Future Agenda Items:

  • Updated presentation on the ESSA Plan
  • Pending Legislation

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Nevada Ed-Watch 3/5/19

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 9:00AM. Click here to see the 2019 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.


Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Nevada State Board of Education Hiring Sub-Committee Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

Hiring Sub-Committee Selects Semi-Finalists for State Superintendent of Public Instruction Position

The Hiring Sub-Committee is made up of the following Board Members:

  • Member Newburn, chair
  • Member Ortiz, vice chair
  • Member Holmes-Sutton, parent representative
  • Member Hudson, voice of teachers
  • Member Carter, member from the north

Sub-Committee members voted for the State Board to interview the following semi-finalists for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction position:

  • David Donaldson
  • Marion Smith Jr.
  • Jhone Ebert
  • Kristen McNeill
  • Brett Barley
  • Seng-Dao Yang Keo

Tammy Malich and Icela Pelayo were selected as alternative candidates (in that order) to be interviewed in the event that anyone from the above list declines an interview.

Interviews will take place at the State Board meeting on March 12th. Then, three candidates will be selected to be submitted to the Governor’s office for final selection.

Board members are submitting interview questions for review by Human Resources and General Council. Questions will not be publicly available and the Board will not see the final round of questions until the meeting next week.

Read more about this in the Review Journal

Read more about this in the Nevada Independent


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