New Report Shows More Schools Need Improvement

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More Nevada schools are in need of improvement than last year, shows a new report issued on Tuesday.

State Department of Education officials issued the report card on Nevada's 613 public elementary and secondary schools and programs, the the numbers of schools that received low marks has increased.

The designations are based on criteria imposed by the federal No Child Left Behind Act passed in 2001 and by state laws passed in 2003 that are designed to bring the schools into line with the federal requirements.

State Schools Chief Keith Rheault says a breakdown of the 613 schools shows that 223 were designated as "in need of
improvement." That's up from 174 a year increase in 49 schools, or 28 percent.

Another 55 schools are on a "watch list," a step up from "in need of improvement." On a good note, the report does show 17 public schools with "exemplary" ratings, and 79 others with "high achieving" ratings.

A year ago, 165 schools were on the "watch list," five public schools had "exemplary" ratings, and 52 others had "high achieving" ratings.