LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada's top schools chief says he expects test scores to be tied to teacher evaluations as planned next year, despite a recent overhaul of the No Child Left Behind education law that no longer requires states to do so.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced that states will be able to bypass the No Child Left Behind law if they come up with a better plan on their own. Do Nevada educators see this as an opportunity? Are they happy with the No Child Left Behind standards? We talk with the director of the Board of Trustees for Clark County Schools Carolyn Edwards about what this means for education in southern Nevada.
Nevada's graduation rates were recently published, leaving a lot of people shaking their heads. Clark County School District has made a preliminary estimate that the graduation rate for 2011-2012 is 65 percent. We talk with Nevada’s superintendent of public instruction James Guthrie about the latest figures. And, we also discuss the latest on Nevada receiving a waiver from the federal government that now allows educators to throw "No Child Left Behind" out the window.
James Guthrie, Senior Fellow and Director of Education Policy Studies at the George W. Bush Institute is one of the three finalists competing to be the next Superintendent of Instruction for the State of Nevada.
Clark County Schools were unable to make adequate yearly progress for a second year in a row under the No Child Left Behind Act. There may be a reason for hope though. The Obama Administration is going to give states the opportunity to opt out of the controversial law. We talk with the district about the recent report and why they continue to struggle. We also look at standardized tests and their place in education.
Scores for federally mandated No Child Left Behind are out and Clark County School District have met federal benchmarks after failing last year. We talk with the head of CCSD assessment about the latest district report card.