Articles of Interest

Online Charter School Study

CREDO, October 2015

The Center for Research on Educational Outcomes (CREDO) released a report on the academic impact of online charter schools. The report found that students in online charter schools had significantly weaker academic performance in math and reading, compared with their counterparts in conventional schools. Find out how Nevada compares to other states. Click here to read

The Mirage: Confronting the Hard Truth About our Quest for Teacher Development

TNTP, August 2015

This report from TNTP concludes that large investments in professional development for teachers have produced limited results. The report offers a new framework for how to think about teacher development.  Click here to read

2015 Kids Count Data Book

Annie E. Casey Foundation, July 2015

The KIDS COUNT Data Book is an annual publication that assesses child well-being nationally and across the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Using an index of 16 indicators, the 2015 report ranks states on overall child well-being and in four domains: (1) economic well-being, (2) education, (3) health, and (4) family and community. For 2015, the three highest-ranked states for child well-being were Minnesota, New Hampshire and Massachusetts; the three lowest-ranked were Louisiana, New Mexico and Mississippi. Click to see more

Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two Generation Approach

Annie E. Casey Foundation, November 2014

The Annie E. Casey Foundation released a report titled Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach. The report introduces the two-generation approach to lifting families out of poverty and includes some state data. Find out how Nevada compares to Intermountain West states and U.S. national average. Click here to read

Nevada Tax Expenditure Report, 2013-2014

Nevada Department of Taxation, November 2014

The 77th Legislative Session approved Assembly Bill 466 on June 12, 2013 (“AB 466”). The provisions require the Executive Director of the Department of Taxation to prepare a report of tax expenditures to the Governor and the Legislature in November of each even numbered year. This inaugural version of the expenditure report covers tax expenditures for the 2013 – 2014 biennium. Click here to read.

The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2014: Nevada

ACT, August 2014

The ACT released data on Nevada the college and career readiness of test takers who graduated in 2014. The report provides data on academic achievement, opportunities for growth and student aspirations. While only 36 percent of 2014 graduates took the ACT, all 11th grade students in Nevada will be required to take the ACT beginning in 2014-15. Click to see more.

Personal Consumption Expenditures by State, 1997-2012

lineU.S Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, August 2014

Data on Personal Consumption Expenditures by State show that consumer spending in Nevada was deeply affected by the Great Recession. While this measure has improved in recent years, per capita consumer spending is still below pre-recession levels. This report is beneficial to businesses in making better decisions about hiring and investing. It provides another tool for analyzing consumer activity at the state level, and can be useful to state and regional policymakers for fiscal analysis and by businesses for assessing state and regional markets. Click to see more.


Improving State Revenue Forecasting: Best Practices for a More Trusted and Reliable Revenue Estimate

Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, August 2014

CBPP has identified five best practices for revenue forecasting: (1) implementing a consensus forecasting process; (2) including non-governmental experts in the forecasting process; (3) providing forecast and assumptions online; (4) developing forecasts with public oversight; and (5) revising forecasts mid-session. Nevada is one of 13 states that has implemented all five best practices. Click to see more.

Delinquent Debt in America

Urban Institute, July 2014

The Urban Institute finds that Nevada, which was hard hit by the housing crisis, tops the list of past-due states: 47 percent of people with a credit file have reported debt in collections. Nevada not only has the largest share of people with reported debt in collections, it also has the highest average amount of debt in collections, among people with debt in collections. Click to see more.

2013-2014 Remedial Placement and Enrollment Report

Nevada System of Higher Education, July 2014

NSHE is changing the way remedial rates are reported in an effort to provide a more accurate picture of the extent to which NSHE students need remediation. Past reports focused on enrollment of recent high school graduates in remedial courses immediately following graduation from high school (summer and fall semesters only). The current report changes this methodology by reporting placement rates into coursework that is less than college level. The report finds a system-wide remediation placement rate for the 2013-14 academic year (summer, fall, and spring) of 55.57 percent. The enrollment rate using the old methodology was 27.8 percent. Click to see more

The State of Preschool 2013: First Look

National Center for Education Statistics, May 2014

This report provides an overview of state supported preschool enrollment and state funding of preschool programs in 2012-13.  The report finds that forty states and the District of Columbia had state supported programs in place to provide preschool in 2012-13. State-funded preschool served 1.34 million children in these states. The programs primarily enrolled children who were age 3 (176,000) or age 4 (1.15 million). Total enrollment decreased by 4,319 children since the 2011-12 school year. States that provided preschool programs spent $5.39 billion in state funds on those programs in 2012-13. After controlling for inflation, this represents an increase of approximately $31 million in state funding from 2011-12 across these same states. This is an increase of $36 of spending per enrolled child between 2011-12 ($3,991) and 2012-13 ($4,026). Click to see more.

States are Still Funding Higher Education at Pre-Recession Levels

Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, May 2014

The non-partisan Center for Budget and Policy Priorities CBPP finds that states have cut  higher education funding deeply since the start of the recession.  CBPP argues that state  policymakers relied overwhelmingly on spending cuts to make up for lost  revenues. To compensate  for lost state funding, public colleges have both steeply increased tuition and  pared back spending, often in ways that may compromise the quality of the  education and jeopardize student outcomes.  CBPP concludes that now is the time to renew investment in higher  education to promote college affordability and quality and that strengthening  state investment in higher education will require state policymakers to make  the right tax and budget choices over the coming years.  Click to see more.

Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children

Annie E. Casey Foundation, March 2014

The Annie E. Casey Foundation builds on its work with the Kids Count Data Report to provide a new Race for Results Index, which is a new collection of data disaggregated by racial and ethnic groups and by state to illustrate how far we are from positioning all kids for success in school and in life. The Race for Results report examines 12 indicators measuring a child’s success, including proficiency, high school graduation, family income and neighborhood poverty. The report finds a major racial gap exists, placing Latino, Native American and African-American children at a disadvantage for success.

Inequality increases in Nevada

Economic Policy Institute, February 2014

Although average real income in the United States increased by more than a third between 1979 and 2007, not all workers benefited equally. In each of the 50 states, income growth among the top 1 percent of earners rapidly outpaced that of the bottom 99 percent, according to a recent study, The Increasingly Unequal States of America, by the Economic Policy Institute. In four states — Alaska, Michigan, Nevada and Wyoming — average income increased exclusively for the top 1 percent and declined for the bottom 99 percent. Click to see more

Nevada Jobs Report

In December 2013, Nevada’s Department of Employment, Training & Rehabilitation presented a Nevada Labor Market Briefing to the Economic Forum.

Key findings are:


  • As of October 2013, Nevada’s unemployment rate was 9.3 percent in October, down one percentage point from a year ago, and significantly off the record high of 14.0 percent in October 2010. Lyon and Mineral Counties have the highest rates of unemployment, while Esmeralda, Lander, Elko, and Humboldt Counties have the lowest.
  • Of the nearly 200,000 jobs lost over the course of the recession, Nevada has added about 50,000 since October 2010, with 23,000 jobs added in 2013 alone.

Nevada ranks low among ‘Best States for Business’

Despite our tax friendly environment, Nevada ranked in the bottom half of the “Best States for Business”, according to two recent surveys published in September 2013. Nevada ranked 36th in the Forbes “Best States for Business and Careers” list, and 46th in the CNBC “America’s Top States for Business 2013.” Forbes gave high marks to Nevada for our low cost of doing business (e.g. no corporate income tax) and for growth prospects over the next five years. However, both surveys gave Nevada extremely low marks for a number of indicators assessing the economy, education, and the quality of life. Forbes ranked Nevada 40th for labor supply, which reflects educational attainment (Nevada ranks 47th in educational attainment in terms of population ages 25-34 with college and/or graduate degrees). Similarly, the CNBC survey ranked Nevada 50th for education. Nevada received identical scores from both surveys for the economy/economic climate (50 out of 50), and the quality of life (47 out of 50). Forbes’ quality of life indicator assesses poverty rates, K-12 test scores, health measures, cultural and recreational opportunities, climate/weather, and the number of top ranked four year college in the state.

Vital Signs: Some States Face Long Climb Back to Payroll Peaks

Wall Street Journal, September 20, 2013

IHS Global Insight predicts that only 18 states will have employment levels at or above their previous peaks (pre Great Recession) by the end of this 2013. About one-fifth of states are still lagging in employment at the time when the Fed is widely expected to be raising interest rates. According to the IHS forecasters, Michigan, Rhode Island and Nevada won’t return to peak employment until 2018 — more than one decade since the Great Recession began.