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 2022 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, March 16, 2023

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?

President’s Report

  • The second of three high school start time workshops is coming up on March 30 in Carson City. A Las Vegas-based workshop will take place on April 15.
  • The Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents report included a new Bachelor of Science program in early childhood education at UNR, as well as other recently approved education-related degrees and certification programs. Additional education-related K-12 pathway programs are under consideration.

Superintendent’s Report

  • Christy McGill will serve as Interim Deputy Superintendent, and Chris Hoffman is the Department’s Chief Strategy Officer.
  • The Department’s family engagement policy will be reviewed by the Department to enhance family involvement, communication, and collaboration.

Board Approved the Consent Agenda

Highlights included:

Board Discussed Updates from the College and Career Readiness (CCR) Assessment Subcommittee

This subcommittee reviewed the scope of work, scoring rubric, and committee entities. Goals of the subcommittee included aligning with accepted college admission requirements and scholarship criteria, predicting career and college preparedness, and reducing assessments required of high school students, among other criteria.

The subcommittee proposed weighting of the rubric as follows: project management (20%), function and technical requirements (50%), equity (10%), and cost schedule (20%). The Department will bring the draft RFP back to the Board for its April meeting.

Explore the CCR RFP Committee Entities, regulations governing procurement, and the proposed rubric for the CCR assessment.

Board Discussed and Defined Roles & Responsibilities within the Board of Education

The Board approved a new Clerk position for the State Board. The Clerk would review draft agendas, capture all future agenda items, finalize meeting materials, and monitor the goal setting and governance processes as dictated by Silver State Governance.

The Board re-elected Felicia Ortiz as Board President, voted Member Katie Dockweiler as Board Vice President, and Member Tamara Hudson as Board Clerk.

Board Discussed Changing the Date and Start Times of Meetings

The Board voted to move board meeting dates to Mondays, with the exception of holidays, to avoid conflicts with school districts’ board meetings and Board of Regents meetings. Meeting times will be kept at 2:00 p.m. during the school year, with summer meetings to be held in the morning. This will be effective for the June Board meeting.

Board Received an Update on the State Board of Education English Mastery Council Workgroup

The group presented recommendations relating to which of the mastery council’s recommendations would require regulatory changes, Department follow-up, District follow-up, or no further actions. The original recommendations requiring regulatory changes include revising the bilingual endorsement coursework and ELAD endorsement requirements (Recommendations 1 and 2) and requiring LEAs to include receiving and responding to parent input (Recommendation 12).

Explore the presentation.

Board Discussed Future Agenda Items

The board reviewed the following items for inclusion in the 2023 calendar:

  • Workshops for school start times
  • Variance approvals for class size reductions
  • Naming conventions for private schools
  • Executive Order 2023-003
  • English Mastery Council updates
  • Legislative updates

Public Comment #2

  • Thanking Board members for participation in Nevada Reading Week
  • 2023 STIP Addendum

The next regular Board of Education meeting is scheduled at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2022.

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