ERIC Number: ED393910
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Analysis of Nevada School Accountability System (Based on NRS 385.347) Submitted to Nevada State Legislature.
Smith, David L.
During the 1993 session, the Nevada State Legislature enacted into law Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 385.347, commonly known as the Nevada School Accountability Law. It requires all schools in Nevada to inform the public of the performance of public schools throughout the state. School accountability was accomplished through a system of reports described in this analysis. Handbooks for development of accountability reports were generated to specify data elements to appear in the reports. These data elements are also reviewed in this report. Comprehensive accountability reports for 332 schools and all 17 school districts for the 1992-93 school year were provided in a timely fashion. Statistical analyses investigated relationships between various school characteristics and statewide testing of student achievement. These analyses suggest the particular effectiveness of in-school programs and school-readiness programs that target low socioeconomic status children and children with English as a second language and programs to improve student attendance, parent participation, teacher continuing education, and student participation in programs for the gifted. Four appendixes present the state law, a review of the accountability program, tables of institutional and student characteristics, and tables from regression analyses. (Contains 7 tables, 12 tables in Appendix C, and 4 tables in Appendix D.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Data Analysis, Data Collection, Economically Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Gifted, Inservice Teacher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Limited English Speaking, Parent Participation, Program Effectiveness, Public Schools, School Readiness, State Legislation, State Programs, Student Characteristics, Student Evaluation, Test Results, Testing Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nevada State Dept. of Education, Carson City. Planning, Research and Evaluation Branch.