Nevada Ed-Watch

The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on what decisions
are being made regarding public education in Clark County and Nevada.

What is the State Board of Education & what are they responsible for? The Nevada State Board of Education adopts regulations based on Nevada laws, which are passed down to individual school districts in Nevada to implement. The Board has 11 total (7 appointed and 4 publicly elected) members.

How often does the State Board meet? The Nevada State Board of Education meets once per month on Thursdays at 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM. Click here to see the 2021 Board Meeting Schedule. Click here to visit Hope For Nevada’s #NVEd Calendar.

Can community members engage at State Board Meetings? A time for public comment is provided at the beginning (for agenda items) and at the conclusion (on any matter) of each Board meeting. Members of the public may provide public comment in writing via email; public comment will be accepted via email for the duration of the meeting and shared with the State Board of Education during the public comment periods. Public comment may be emailed to

Click here for a list of all State Board Members.

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Nevada State Board of Education Meeting

Click here to see the regular SBOE meeting agenda.

Click here to watch the meeting playback.


What happened at the regular meeting?

Public Comment #1

Members of the public provided comment on agenda items regarding:

  • Concerns that school districts are not able to meet the needs of students, including shortages of bus drivers, substitutes, and staff.
  • Factors pushing teachers out of teaching not being addressed.
  • The aggregated nature of NEPF score reports and the need for more individualized assessment.
  • Whether the NEPF is an effective assessment tool and effectively helps to support teachers in ensuring student academic success.
  • Appreciation for the joint SBOE and CCSD meeting held on 9-30-2021.
  • Concerns about low proficiency scores amongst high school students yet high graduation rates and whether students are effectively being prepared for college and career.
  • Recognition of the leadership and service of Nevada’s 2021 and 2022 Teachers of the Year, Juliana Urtubey and Deanne Hicks, respectively.

President’s Report

  • Assembly Bill 469 Update
    • On September 30, 2021, the SBOE held a joint meeting with the CCSD Board of Trustees with the goal of ensuring that trustees understood AB 469 and what the law entails.
    • The next meeting of the AB 469 Subcommittee of the Board is scheduled for December 14, 2021, at 3:00 pm.
  • State ARP ESSER Plan
    • In September, Superintendent Ebert announced that the Department of Ed has approved the Nevada state plan for us of the ESSER relief funds. The plan was informed by an extensive stakeholder engagement process, including listening sessions and a 30-day comment period, with the goal of increasing transparency and community engagement.
    • Nevada received total relief funding of over 1 billion dollars. As funds are implemented, materials will be developed for the public highlighting how the Nevada Department of Education (NV DOE) is spending its 10% allocation of those funds.
    • The state will be translating more of its materials and documentation so that it is consumable for families. Moving forward, more materials will be available in three languages: English, Spanish, and Tagalog.
    • Money will be invested in systems to help SBOE with better reporting and analysis of data to deliver actionable data to school districts, schools, and community stakeholders.

Superintendent’s Report

  • ARP ESSER Funding
    • 10% of ARP ESSER funding is allocated at the state level and 90% at the local level. Part of that 10% is allocated to the DonorsChoose program through which almost 8,000 projects have been submitted by educators. The program allows educators closest to the work to make the determination on how to spend those funds. Educators from 650 schools have participated.
    • $20 million is set aside to assist future educators through the educator pipeline. Over 700 future educators are taking advantage of the opportunity. The dollars will also be allocated toward building a dashboard to show where the dollars are being spent.
    • The remaining funds will be allocated to four buckers of work programs which include Teaching Recruitment & Retention, Advancing Equity, Social-Emotional Learning & Mental Health, and Efficiencies for Long-Term Success.

Board Heard Information and Discussion Regarding Statewide School Climate Results

NRS 385A.650 requires school principals to submit a plan to improve the achievement of pupils, including “methods for evaluating and improving the school climate”. The Nevada School Climate/Social Emotional Learning Survey (NV-SCSEL) helps to identify the needs of schools along the school climate in order to place social workers and funds in schools with the highest needs.

The NV-SCSEL Student Survey is offered in English and Spanish and includes 49 questions and a handful of demographic questions, all optional, geared toward students in grades 5–12. The Student Survey measures students’ perceptions of their school across four school climate constructs:

  • Engagement
    • Cultural and Linguistic Competence of instructional materials and educational personnel
    • Relationships between pupils and the parents or legal guardians of pupils and educational personnel
  • Safety  of pupils and educational personnel
    • Emotional Safety
    • Physical Safety

The Student Survey also measures students’ perceptions of themselves on a Social-Emotional Competency construct:

  • Social, Emotional, and Academic development of pupils and educational personnel

Due to COVID-19 impacts, participation rates dropped significantly, raising the potential impact of selection bias on survey results. The results of school climate surveys are expected to return to results more in line with previous school years for the 2021-22 school year.

Members of the board shared questions regarding whether the large increase in physical safety results is due to more students staying at home during distance learning, how to help students with emotional safety and encourage the use of related available resources for schools, how the data is used for continual improvement, and the potential to better disaggregate student race and ethnicity in survey results related to root cause data.

Click here to view the presentation including statewide results for all constructs.

Board Approved Cut Scores for Nevada Educator Performance Framework (NEPF)

The Board heard a presentation regarding the 2020-21 NEPF summative data as well as cut score range recommendations from the Teachers and Leaders Council to be voted on by the board. The Nevada Educator Performance Framework (NEPF) is designed as a professional growth tool to help educators improve their practice so that all students have access to effective educators. The evaluation cycle is designed to provide educators with ongoing constructive feedback to improve their practice and to help schools and districts provide meaningful professional growth and ultimately increase student achievement.

NEFP Teacher Ratings Trend Data:

Image Source: Nevada Dept. of Education

Members of the board along with presenters discussed challenges with the NEPF, including that it was not designed to be summative and that it would be challenging to change the NEPF from a focus on teacher action to an orientation toward impact on student achievement. Trustees and presenters also discussed the need for a focus on shifting culture and facilitating multiple and shorter educator observations to include evidence-driven reflective conversations that lead to continuous improvement. Further discussion included whether changing cut stores would cause more confusion and the need for clarity and training about what is actually being scored in the NEPF for educators.

The board approved a motion to accept cut score ranges for the current school year and school years moving forward.

Click here to view the presentation including additional NEPF results.

Board Approved RFP Process for Review and Selection of a Statewide College & Career Readiness (CCR) Assessment

The College and Career Readiness (CCR) Indicator uses ACT results data. The ACT is given to students in Grade 11. Previously, the ACT assessed for English and Math but was not rigorous enough for Science. Trustees and presenters discussed the advantages of a single assessment to test in English, Math, and Science including reductions in the number of tests required, the amount of time to take assessments, cost, and time away from the classroom. The Board would like vendors to address and/or include at minimum the following items in their RFPs:

  • Free preparatory supports, including multilingual supports.
  • Fee waivers for students that need to retake the test.
  • Alignment with Higher Ed entrance criteria.
  • Alignment with potential workforce or certification programs.
  • Alignment with Nevada standards.
  • Pre-built marketing materials/PR that ensure students understand the value of the test to their futures as opposed to the narrative that it’s a requirement for graduation.
  • A deeper understanding of the career pathway and ensuring it does not get lumped into college readiness.
  • Extensive bias testing.
  • A component for Science.
  • Predictive data about how the exam leads to post-secondary success.

Members of the board approved to move the CCR Assessment RFP process forward.

Click here to view the presentation.

Information and Discussion Regarding the 2021 and 2022 Nevada Teachers of the Year

Board members did not discuss this agenda item. Click here to view the presentation materials.

Future Agenda Items

NRS 385.040 requires that the State Board hold at least 9 but no more than 12 meetings per year and at least one of the meetings of the State Board must include a discussion with the superintendents of the school districts, presidents of the boards of trustees of the school districts, representatives of the governing bodies of charter schools, and other school and education decision-making bodies to discuss goals and benchmarks. This meeting is planned for December 2021.

Members of the board requested the following items for consideration in the December 2021 meeting agenda:

  • Re-engage in discussion around Governance goals.
  • A collaborative discussion about how SBOE is communicating their goals to school districts to ensure their goals are aligned with ours.
  • Identifying barriers to making progress as well as what is going well that can be double-downed on.
  • Getting a sense of what school districts are dealing with in the trenches and ways SBOE can help support them.

Public comment #2

Members of the public provided comment on non-agenda items regarding concerns about vaccine and mask mandates. Members of the board informed the public that vaccine mandates are not within the jurisdiction of the State Board of Education and that public comment is reserved for items within the SBOE’s jurisdiction.

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