The report comes out as education has taken center stage this week in the first debate between the two leading party candidates for governor: Democrat Rory Reid and Republican Brian Sandoval.
The report also provides a grade on how well states are doing in the area of education reform.
Nevada garnered a C grade, with the highest, a B , going to Florida. Thirteen factors went into the reform grade, with Nevada earning a C on state academic standards and its charter school law, a “no” on private school choice, a D- on identifying high quality teachers and a D on retaining effective teachers.
In a separate analysis, the authors also assign each state a grade based on its current education reform policies.
Matthew Ladner, one of the authors of the report, said the study examined how students eligible for the free and reduced lunch program performed in each state using the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores.
The state’s best grade, a B-, came for its ability to remove ineffective teachers.
Despite the fact that it ranked in the top 20 on improvement on the national test scores, Nevada, as do all the other states, have a lot of room for improvement, Le Fevre said. “The bad news about the NAEP data is you still have 75 percent of your students that are not proficient.” Ladner also noted that the states are graded on a curve, so Nevada’s 18th ranking is relative.
Ladner said the results generated some surprises, such as the inclusion of Florida in the top 10, a state that has a high percentage of minority students in the free and reduced lunch program.
Florida has engaged in a number of “very vigorous” education reforms, he said.
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Report co-author Andrew Le Fevre said the report also makes it clear that money is not the key ingredient to improved student performance.