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Nevada delays new star rating system for schools

Nevada Department of Education will roll out a new star review rating system by the end of the year. 

The Nevada Department of Education is rolling out a new performance framework, which is causing delays for the latest star rating reviews.

The Nevada School Performance Framework (NSPF) determines how well an institution is performing, but that framework is delayed until December.

The new design aims to follow the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the federal law passed in 2015 to replace No Child Left Behind.

Schools will be rated based on some factors previously considered, such as graduation rates, student growth and academic achievement. New factors include English language proficiency and student attendance.

"Rather than award points in a category, we created a continuum where every student would count," said state Superintendent Steve Canavero.

Washoe County School District chief accountability officer Ben Hayes said, "The change in standards, the change in this framework and the change in tests, they're all so that we can get those students better opportunities when they cross the graduation stage."

The Nevada report cards will be released on September 15 as planned.

After the preliminary data and preliminary ratings, the Nevada Department of Education will make adjustments. The state plans to have the star ratings available by December.

This is the first time since 2014 school ratings will be released. A glitch in state testing in 2015 caused a two-year break. The system requires two years of data to measure changes in performance.



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