ERIC Number: ED479006
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Education Watch: Nevada. Key Education Facts and Figures. Achievement, Attainment and Opportunity. From Elementary School through College.
Education Trust, Washington, DC.
This document presents key educational statistics for Nevada's elementary school through college students, using data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). To indicate how Nevada is doing in narrowing the academic achievement gap between African American and Latino students and their white, middle class peers, the report presents NAEP data by race/ethnicity. The report presents other state-level data on K-college education, including demographic distribution across each educational level, participation and success in Advanced Placement, percentage of students taking high-level courses, school funding gaps, and high school and college graduation rates. In 1998, 53 percent of 4th graders performed at the basic level or above on the NAEP reading assessment, with 21 percent at proficient or above. Significantly more white than Latino 4th graders were performed well on this assessment, with 27 percent of white and 12 percent of Latino 4th graders proficient or above in reading. In 2001, 59 percent of 8th graders performed at the basic level or above in mathematics, with 20 percent proficient or above. Significantly more white than Latino 8th graders were proficient or above. Nevada had the sixth smallest Latino-white 4th grade reading achievement gap in 1998. The Latino-white 8th grade math achievement gap was 14th among the states in 2000. Latinos and African Americans take Advanced Placement exams at disproportionately low rates, while Asian American and Whites take them at high rates. Latinos and African Americans are underrepresented in gifted and talented programs and over-represented in special education. About 26 percent of Nevada's high school students enroll in college, compared to 54 percent nationwide. Asian American students graduate from the state college at a higher rate than students from other groups. About three in ten Nevada secondary classes are taught by teachers lacking a major or minor in the field. Districts with the highest child poverty rates have the fewest state and local dollars to spend per student. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Advanced Placement, American Indians, Asian American Students, Black Students, Educational Attainment, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Trends, Equal Education, Grade 4, Grade 8, Graduation, Hispanic American Students, Low Income Groups, Mathematics Skills, Minority Group Children, Postsecondary Education, Poverty, Racial Differences, Reading Skills, Special Needs Students, State Aid, State Standards, Student Placement, Teacher Competencies, White Students
The Education Trust, 1725 K Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20006. Tel: 202-293-1217; Fax: 202-293-2605; Web site: http://www.edtrust.org.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Trust, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Nevada
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress