September 19, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - An advocacy group that rates state education policies has given Nevada a 'D' grade, but says the state is heading in the right direction with laws passed in 2011.
StudentsFirst issued a report card Monday ranking Nevada education policy 21st in the country. It also classifies Nevada as a "state momentum builder" for laws it says will pave the way for future reforms.
The group praises the state for considering student achievement growth in teacher evaluations, and for developing a performance pay system to be implemented in 2014.
But it criticizes Nevada for allowing seniority to play a significant role in layoffs.
StudentsFirst also wants Nevada to allow mayoral or state control of poor-performing districts.
StudentsFirst is a Sacramento-based group led by former Washington D.C. public schools chief Michelle Rhee.
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