National education rankings are considered by many to be proxies for school quality. They are frequently referenced to support various narratives about education and used in conversations and negotiations regarding education funding. Some will say that Nevada’s poor performance in a ranking necessitates more funding to improve education quality. Others may use the same ranking to argue it shows that funding is not the issue.
This final phase of this three-part report on national education rankings further explores the value and shortcomings of existing state education ranking systems. It also outlines critical concepts for measuring State educational performance and proposes essential considerations for establishing a fair and robust system for state-to-state comparisons. This report concludes with a suggested approach for creating a Nevada-specific scorecard to measure the performance of the State’s K-12 education system.
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