Nevada Ed-Watch 3/12/20

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 9:00AM. 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, March 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: 

  • Support for updates to the Nevada Educator Performance Framework for evaluating Speech Language Pathologists 
  • Support for increased investments in adequate school psychologist staffing
  • Support for completing the 2020 Census

President’s Report

Board President Wynn shared the following updates: 

  • Participation in Nevada Reading Week 
  • Preparation for the COVID-19 virus, including online resources available for school administrators and nurses, as well as discussion about distance education 

Superintendent’s Report

State Superintendent Ebert shared the following updates:

  • The Commission on School Funding: 
    • Met with Department of Taxation to gather revenue sources included in the State Education Fund
    • Is developing a budgeting program and discussing revisions to budget templates used by districts 
    • Is determining the categorical weights for pupils and establishing benchmarks for monitoring the implementation of the new funding structure during the March 20th meeting.
    • Is conducting a comparative analysis of district budgets under the new budgeting process during the April meeting.
    • Is identifying final recommendations for the governor and legislature during the May meeting. Committee recommendations are due by July 15th. 
  • ACT Fee Waiver Participation: In 2019, 35,000 students took the ACT. Of those students, 21,000 were eligible for fee waivers, but only 2,059 students (about 6%) used waivers. The Department is working with districts to expand the number of students who access fee waivers.

Board Approved the Consent Agenda:

Consent Agenda Highlights:

Board Heard Updates on the Development of the Statewide Plan for the Improvement of Pupils (STIP)

The STIP outlines goals and values related to the Nevada Department of Education’s role in improving student outcomes. Department staff presented updated goals, each of which will have 2-4 strategies with defined inputs, outputs, and outcomes. 

The board provided guidance related to advocating for additional funding at the legislature to allow for the implementation of STIP with fidelity. 

The final STIP will be presented to the board during the April board meeting. 

Click here to see the presentation.

Board Approved Recommended Revisions to the Nevada Educator Performance Framework (NEPF) 

The approved recommended revisions to the Nevada Educator Performance Frameworks (NEPF) for School Counselors, School Nurses, and Speech-Language Pathologists. The recommendations will help ensure the NEPF aligns with national best practices and accurately reflects the work of professional practice in Nevada. 

Click here to see updated NEPF standards for school counselors 

Click here to see updated NEPF standards for school nurses 

Click here to see updated NEPF standards for speech language pathologists

The board approved a recommendation that Student Learning Goals (SLGs) be modified by a workgroup. The workgroup will remove requirements for the use of standardized assessments to track student progress against their individual SLG’s. Department staff stated that this change will allow tracking of SLG progress to be more closely aligned with content standards. The final changes will be presented before the board for approval at a future meeting. 

Click here to see the presentation.

The Board Heard Non-binding Recommended Ratios for Specialized Instructional Support Personnel 

Senate Bill 89 requires the State Board of Education to develop non-binding recommendations for the ratio of pupils to specialized instructional support personnel. 

Specialized support personnel includes: 

  • School counselors
  • School psychologists
  • School social workers
  • School nurses
  • Speech-language pathologists
  • School library media specialists
  • Any other qualified professional

The board is not approving the recommended ratios until more research is available to inform the most appropriate ratios for Nevada’s student population.

Click here to see the presentation. 

Board Heard a Presentation about the Implementation of Financial Transparency Requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

ESSA requires State Report Cards to include per-pupil expenditure data beginning with FY19. Currently, the Nevada Report Card reports total expenditure per pupil at the school, district, and state levels, but does not differentiate between personnel and non-personnel expenses. 

The Department is reporting personnel and non-personnel expenses in Spring 2020.  By September 15, 2020, the Department will have more interactive graphics and data comparison capabilities that will be available to the public on the Nevada Report Card website.  

The board requested budget data on the Nevada Report Card website to include actual costs for teacher salaries at the school level. 

Click here to see the presentation.

Requests for future agenda items: 

  • Presentation from Teach Plus on an analysis of teachers leaving the profession

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Nevada Ed Watch 6/6/19

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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 9:00AM. 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, June 6, 2019
Nevada State Board of Education Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

Superintendent’s Report

Superintendent Ebert introduced the Board to two new members of the Superintendent’s cabinet:  

  • Felicia Gonzales: Deputy Superintendent of Teacher Effectiveness and Parent Engagement
  • Heidi Haartz: Deputy Superintendent for Business and Support Services

Board Heard Legislative Updates

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

  • AB289 – Read by Grade 3 provision updates to provide additional supports into 5th grade retention prevention [Status: Delivered to the Governor]
  • SB313 – Increased focus on computer literacy and computer science [Status: Delivered to the Governor]
  • SB314 – Related to promoting financial literacy via statewide financial literacy counsel and financial literacy seal for student diplomas [Status: Signed by the Governor]
  • AB235 – Related to implementation of mentorship programs [Status: Delivered to the Governor]
  • SB204 – Enhances suicide prevention programs [Status: Signed by the Governor]
  • SB89 – Related to SafeVoice program and describes school improvement plans created by school principals [Status: Delivered to the Governor]
  • AB219 – Relates to reporting information for English Language Learner achievement [Status: Delivered to the Governor]
  • SB467 – Extends Zoom and Victory program funds [Status: Delivered to the Governor]
  • AB78 – Transfers all schools approved by the Achievement School District to the State Public Charter School Authority (SPCSA) and provides for the State Board of Education to appoint two members to the SPCSA Board. [Status: Signed by the Governor]

Funding Bills:

  • SB545 – Marijuana Excise Tax funding specifically designated to distributive school account (DSA) [Status: Delivered to the Governor]
  • SB555 – Increases statewide per pupil funding by approximately 10% [Status: Signed by the Governor]
  • SB 84  – State Pre-K programs & funding [Status: Delivered to the Governor]
  • SB551 – Makes appropriations for certain purposes relating to school safety and to provide supplemental support of the operation of the county school districts [Status: Submitted to the Governor]
  • AB309 – Authorizes counties to implement sales tax for schools. [Status: Delivered to the Governor]
  • SB543 – Revises how the state funds school districts [Status: Delivered to the Governor]

Board Approved the Consent Agenda

Click here to see the full consent agenda.

Board Heard a Presentation on the Great Teaching and Leading Fund Recommendations

The Board heard a presentation on the Review Team’s recommendations for Great Teaching and Leading Fund FY20-FY21 grants– pending the legislative allocation of available funds.

Click here to see the full presentation.

Board Approved Cohort Twenty of the Teach Nevada Scholarship Program (TNVS)

The Board heard about the Teach Nevada Scholarship program, including the success of the program, reconciliation for fiscal years 2016-2019, funding, and requests for FY20 scholarships. The Board approved no more than 200 Teach Nevada scholarships.

Board Heard a Presentation About the State of Education in Nevada

Data Insight Partners led a presentation about the state of education in Nevada– which included a review of student reading and math assessment results, national education rankings, and long-term education attainment. The Board discussed a need to counter negative stigmas about education in Nevada with strategic public relations and communications.

NOTE: The July State Board of Education meeting was rescheduled to July 17th.

Public Comment:

Members of the public requested the Board clarify the definition of students who are considered “At-Risk” in the weighted funding formula.


Potential Future Agenda Items:

  • Presentation on year-over-year funding (and SB555)
  • Ongoing updates to the implementation of the funding formula
  • Presentation on Census 2020 and its impact on education and funding
  • Discussion of bills related to chronic absenteeism and marketing
  • Accountability of low-performing schools following the abolishment of the Nevada Achievement School District (NV ASD).

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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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Thursday, August 30, 2018 
Nevada State Board of Education Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda | Click here to access supportive documents.

Board approves standards for districts on the development, implementation, and evaluation of professional development for teachers and administrators.  Click here for more details.

Computer course graduation requirement updated from “Use of Computers” to “Computer Education and Technology.” This reflects the fast-paced advancements in computer literacy, and embraces technology as an important component for student success. The refresh puts Nevada at the forefront nationwide for equitable access to computer and technology education.

Board approves minimum 3rd-grade reading scores to promote to 4th-grade. Students must score in the 31st-percentile or above (a level 2 or higher) on the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) test to be promoted– unless they are eligible for a good cause exemption, which would negate a retention decision. The state will provide a guidance to schools to communicate this, as well as an additional document for parents to understand the scoring. Read about it in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Board approves a $5,000 incentive for teachers to transfer to a Title 1 or a 1- or 2- star school. Teachers must meet certain criteria to be eligible, and must not currently be at a Title 1 or a 1-2 star school.

Board approves moving funds from this fiscal year to next fiscal year for UNLV students in an intensive teaching program. Students eligible for the program graduated in the top 1/3 of their class, are an ethnic minority, and meet high-need licensure areas. A stipend is included in the program so students do not have to work.


Future Agenda Items:

Chronic absenteeism and teacher absenteeism– presentation from districts that exceed a normal range of teacher absences; and a report from the NVDOE Chronic Absenteeism Taskforce


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