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[+] What is a performance framework
  • A tool for parents, students, educators and communities to receive clear and concise information about how their schools are performing.
  • A state-designed accountability system encouraging continuous improvement and support for low-performing schools
[+] What does a performance framework do?
  • Highlights schools that are successfully educating all students and closing gaps between groups of students.
  • Demonstrates clarity around areas of growth for schools that aren't effectively educating all students.
  • Empowers parents to make data-informed decisions about their child's education.
  • Sets a high bar for student achievement aligned to national standards.
[+] How is the performance of a school measured?
These measures hold schools accountable to the success of all students.

Performance Indicators
Commitment to all students
Our communities are diverse. A great school ensures that students from all backgrounds are succeeding.

English language proficiency
Many students in our communities enter school with a limited ability to speak English. We know that learning the English language is a foundation for future success in school and beyond.

Emphasis on student growth
Students come to school with diverse backgrounds and school experiences. Great schools make sure all students are growing quickly, regardless of their starting point.

Highlight college and career readiness
Looking ahead, the most jobs will require training after high school. It's critical that our students are prepared for college and careers so they can have access to all available opportunities.

Student engagement
The foundation for any great school is having a strong community where students want to be.
[+] How can I know if my child is getting what they need to be successful in college and career?
A College-Ready student is:
  1. Ready for higher education or post-secondary training without the need for remedial coursework (courses to build basic skills before acceptance into college-level courses).
  2. Has the reading, writing, mathematics, social, and cognitive skills to qualify for and succeed in the college of their dreams.
A Career-Ready student is:
  1. Equipped with the knowledge and technical skills needed to get and excel in the career of their dreams.
  2. Positioned to be competitive in the job space.
  3. Ability to think critically, make decisions, and overcome problems.
[+] What is a Rising Star School?
Rising Star schools are identified by the Nevada Department of Education and meet the following criteria:
  • Based upon the most recent annual report of the statewide system of accountability for public schools, the public school is an elementary school or middle school that was rated in the lowest 5 percent of elementary or middle schools in the State in pupil achievement and school performance for the most recent school year.
  • Or, the public school is a high school that had a graduation rate for the immediately preceding school year of less than 60 percent.
(source: NV Department of Education)
[+] What is a Shining Star School?
Shining Star Schools have significantly outperformed the State average in serving ALL kids, with an emphasis on closing the opportunity gap. A shining star school is a high-performing school serving a high percentage of students students who quality for Free or Reduced Lunch (FRL) (at least 75% of students eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch, 50% for high schools) (source: NV Department of Education).

See more about 2017 shining star schools >
[+] What does it mean to be On Grade Level?
  • (K-2nd grade): Growing as fast or faster than peers nationally on the NWEA measure of adequate progress (MAP).
  • (3-8th grade): Scoring proficient or higher on the college-ready aligned Smarter Balanced Assessment.
  • (9-12th grade): Score three or higher on end of course exams in each subject.
  • (11th grade) On track to graduate with an ACT score of 22 (which will require no remedial coursework in college).
[+] What is the ACT?
The ACT is a test all 11th grade students in Nevada take as a college readiness assessment. An ACT score of 22 is a baseline for college readiness without a student needing to repeat high school work once they get to college. The highest possible ACT score is 36.
[+] What are cut scores for the ACT and who created them?
In 2018, in partnership with the Nevada Department of Education and a community advisory group, the Data Recognition Corporation designated scores to determine if a student is considered proficient (on grade level) based on their score on the ACT.

The State determined that a student is proficient (on grade level) on the ACT if he/she scores a 17 or higher (up to 36) on the English Language Arts portion (a combination of English, reading, and writing).

Note: The designated ACT proficiency cut scores above are LOWER than the college entry score requirements for students who do not wish to take remedial courses, which is a 22.
[+] What is the SBAC?
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) is a group of states that worked collaboratively to develop assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics. Nevada is one of 21 governing states who participate in the state decision-making process that regulates the consortium.
[+] What is College-Readiness?
The number of 11th grade students who are ready to go to college without having to take remedial classes that do not count towards college credit. An ACT score of 22 is a baseline for college readiness without a student needing to repeat high school work once they get to college.
[+] What other questions do you have?
[+] What are Targeted Support and Improvement Schools?
Targeted Support and Improvement Schools, or TSI Schools, are identified based on how schools are meeting the needs of ALL student subgroups (American Indian, Asian, Black, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, Multi-Race, Caucasian, English Learner, Students With Disabilities, and Economically Disadvantaged Students).

Schools that are performing well, but show different performance with different groups of students are given this designation and are eligible for additional support from the State. The schools with the biggest gaps in performance between groups of students cannot receive a rating higher than 3-Stars in the year of initial designation. Read more.

Schools that are identified as TSI for three years in a row can move on to a more intense intervention.

Read about TSI in the Review-Journal.
[+] Where is 2019-2020 school year data?
In accordance with the U.S. Department of Education waiver in response to COVID-19 school building closures, all assessment requirements for the 2019-2020 school year have been waived. This means that no new NSPF data will be provided to the public, and therefore Star Ratings, and the NSPF data that make up Star Ratings, will carry over from the 2018-2019 school year.