Nevada does not include specific weights for student subgroups in the state’s five-star school-rating system.
However, Nevada has created a back-end check to identify schools with consistently underperforming subgroups. Any school that failed to reduce the number of nonproficient students by at least 10 percent over the previous year will be identified for targeted support and improvement. This could be a promising approach, especially because it is focused on proficiency rates for low-performing subgroups, but Nevada does not provide data on how many schools might be captured using this definition.
Nevada keeps its minimum threshold for including subgroups in its star rating system at 10 students.
However, when the state identifies targeted support schools based on subgroup performance, it plans to instead use an n-size of 25. This inconsistency is problematic and could result in students in smaller schools not receiving the resources and support they need. More data would be helpful to understand the implications of Nevada’s proposals.
The state will be weighting English-language proficiency at 10 percent.
This will help shine a light on schools that are not serving English learners well and will lead to greater supports for English-language acquisition.
However, the inclusion of English learner students for up to four years after they cease to receive English learner services could mask the performance of those still receiving services. Since exiting students tend to have higher performance, the state should monitor its data to ensure it is not masking the performance of students who are still receiving services.