Nevada's School Ranking System Identifies Few Failing Schools

A few years ago, the Obama administration began allowing states to opt out of No Child Left Behind, if they created an accountability system to identify low-performing schools. Nevada was one of several states that obtained a waiver from the federal law. But a report by the New America Foundation raises big questions about the effectiveness of the new school ranking system. More than 80 percent of the schools in Nevada that were failing under No Child Left Behind were deemed to be doing fine by the state. What are the problems with the new ranking system? And how can the state fix its accountability measures?

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