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The 2020 Census in Nevada Snapshot #4

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by Daniel Liden What Are Nevada’s Hard to Count Areas Like? Our previous census snapshots (focused on 2010 census return rates, areas in Nevada expected to respond to the 2020 census at low rates, and 2010 census return rates and low response scores in Nevada’s cities) have shown the areas of Nevada that are likely… Read more

The 2020 Census in Nevada Snapshot #3

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by Daniel Liden 2010 Census Return Rates and 2020 Low Response Scores in Las Vegas, Reno, and Carson City Background Our first two 2020 Census Snapshots show the 2010 census mail return rates and the 2020 low response scores by census tract for the whole state of Nevada. Nevada’s cities, however, have many small census… Read more

The 2020 Census in Nevada Snapshot #2

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by Daniel Liden The Low Response Score In our first snapshot about the 2020 census in Nevada, we looked at how many Nevadans responded to the 2010 census. This is an important metric because many of the households and individuals that were hard to count in the 2010 census – such as large transient populations… Read more

The 2020 Census in Nevada Snapshot #1

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by Daniel Liden Responses to the 2010 Census The 2020 Census is fast approaching, and Nevada needs an ambitious and far-reaching campaign to count everyone. According to the Urban Institute, Nevada faces an undercount of between 23,900 and 54,700 people. Obtaining a complete count in the 2020 Census is extremely important: according to a report… Read more

Health Insurance Open Enrollment Numbers for Coverage Year 2020

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by Daniel Liden Introduction Open Enrollment for individual health insurance plans in Nevada for the 2020 coverage year ran from November 1, 2019 through December 20, 2019. As we wrote previously, Nevada’s health insurance exchange launched a new and fully state-based enrollment platform for the 2020 enrollment year after using HealthCare.gov for enrollment since 2015…. Read more

Nevada’s December 2019 Economic Forum

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by Meredith A. Levine Nevada’s Economic Forum: Background The Economic Forum is a state-mandated panel that convenes periodically to submit revenue projections for the General Fund—Nevada’s major operating fund—to the Governor and the Legislature. It is a five-member committee drawn from the private sector, with three members selected by the Governor and one nominated by… Read more

Bigger Bang for the Buck: How Nevada’s Tier 1 Universities Compare in Affordability

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by Samuel Lair Last year, Nevada’s two, four-year public research universities — the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) — received the Carnegie R1 designation reserved for institutions with “very high research activity.” This designation placed both of Nevada’s public universities into a competitive list of the top… Read more

Nevada Not Yet the Fastest Improving SBAC State

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by Kenneth J. Retzl, Ph.D. In our previous blog post regarding comparative proficiency rates on the Smarter Balanced Assessment (commonly referred to as the SBAC), we discovered that changes in SBAC proficiency rates between grade levels were consistent across all SBAC states. This blog now examines the results against the Nevada Department of Education’s goal… Read more

Open Enrollment for Health Insurance in 2020: Big Changes and New Opportunities in Nevada

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By Danel Liden Introduction Open enrollment for individual health insurance plans has been underway since the beginning of November and ends on December 15 in Nevada and in most other states. Open enrollment is the time in which individuals can purchase insurance plans through HealthCare.gov or through their state’s health insurance marketplace. Outside of the… Read more

Math is Hard: SBAC Results Across States

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by Kenneth J. Retzl Every Spring, 3rd to 8th grade students in Nevada as well as several other states gather around computers to take the Smarter Balanced Assessment. This test, often referred to as the SBAC, is the (partial) basis upon which elementary and middle schools are awarded points in the Nevada School Performance Framework… Read more