Education

ACT Test Results Provide Insight into College Readiness of Nevada StudentsRead More

Nancy Brune

August 22nd, 2014 -

Introduction Nevada ranks 46th in the nation in the percentage of residents with a bachelor’s degree or higher (American Community Survey, 2012). Only 22.4 percent of Nevada’s population age 25 years and older has a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to the U.S. average of 29.1 percent (see Figure 1). Higher levels of education are…

Kids Count report on children’s well-being reveals burden of poverty and need for education reformsRead More

Nancy Brune

July 30th, 2014 -

Following the release of Annie E. Casey’s Foundation’s 2014 Kids Count Data Book, much attention has been directed to the fact that Nevada ranked 50th in education for the third year in a row. Given the data cited, we cannot be surprised by the fact that Nevada ranks dead last in education. First, Nevada has…

NSHE Remediation Report Shows New Strategies Needed for College Student SuccessRead More

Nancy Brune

July 16th, 2014 -

Across the country, placement tests are often used to determine which students must take remedial math and English classes. In many cases, students who performed well in high school are shocked to find that they are unprepared for college and must take remedial classes before taking college-level classes. A national study by Complete College America…

Nevada Lags Behind in Access to PreschoolRead More

Nancy Brune

May 12th, 2014 -

Access to high quality preschool can have significant academic, economic, and even health benefits as documented in the Perry Preschool Study. In recent years, several states have either substantially increased state preschool funding or have begun to offer universal preschool programs to help increase children’s chances for long-term success. Nevada, however, lags significantly behind other…

Nevada’s Higher Education Cuts Have Created Roadblocks to Economic GrowthRead More

Nancy Brune

May 5th, 2014 -

Across the nation, state funding for higher education fell during the Great Recession. A new report by the nonpartisan Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) found that states are still funding higher education below pre-recession levels. This public disinvestment has made college less accessible to students and has major long-term economic impacts. The Silver…

Nevada Children Face Unequal OpportunitiesRead More

Nancy Brune

April 4th, 2014 -

A recent report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation focuses on racial disparities in indicators that determine a child’s chance for future success. The report creates a new Race for Results Index, which includes 12 measures that are most closely connected to the likelihood of a young person becoming middle class by middle age. These…

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