Nevada: College and Career Policies

Nevada updated the health and physical education standards in 2007.

4 total. 1 course Arts and humanities, .5 credits in computers, .5 credits in health, and 2 credits in physical education.

3 credits of math are required to graduate.

Educators are required to have 6 credits of professional development to renew a license

Beginning in school year 2014-15, Smarter Balanced assessments will replace the Nevada Criterion Referenced Test in Reading and mathematics for grades 3-8 and writing in grades 5 and 8. The assessments are comprised of two parts: (1) a computer adaptive test and (2) performance tasks, administered within a 12-week window in Nevada for grades 3 through 8.

Nevada has not adopted any professional development standards.

The Nevada State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

The State Board of Education has authority over the adoption of Career and Technical Education Standards.

The number of credits required varies based on the type of diploma being pursued: 2 for standard diploma, or 3 credits for advanced diploma. All students must meet or surpass 300 on the science proficiency test

State Board of Education. Passed by Legislature. Requires the Teachers and Leaders Council to make recommendations to the State Board of Education for the establishment of a statewide performance evaluation system for teachers and administrators employed by school districts. The new evaluation system was proposed to begin in the 2014-15 school year, but the Legislature’s Interim Finance Committee was told it is not ready to be implemented. The Teacher Framework assesses teacher performance across the two overarching categories of Educational Practice and Student Performance. The two domains that make up Educational Practice are: Instructional Practice band Professional Responsibilities.

Beginning in school year 2014-15, Smarter Balanced assessments will replace the Nevada Criterion Referenced Test in Reading and mathematics for grades 3-8 and writing in grades 5 and 8. The assessments are comprised of two parts: (1) a computer adaptive test and (2) performance tasks, administered within a 12-week window in Nevada for grades 3 through 8.

The goals of a new system are to: foster student learning and growth; improve educators' effective instructional practices; improve human capital decisions based on a professional growth system; and engage stakeholders in the continuous improvement and monitoring of a professional growth system. 50% of the annual evaluations are based on student performance measures.

Nevada updated the social studies standards in 2008.

The Commission on Professional Standards in Education oversees the Nevada teacher certification process and dictates the requirements needed in order to become certified within the state.

2 credits are required. 1 each in American Government and American History.

In order to obtain a Nevada teaching license, an applicant must meet, but is not always limited to, the following requirements: must have at least a BA Degree and received passing scores on required assessments. All state licenses are accepted but AR, CA, CO, DC, HI,IL, IA, MN, NY, and NC.

The State Board of Education has full authority to adopt standards.

The Nevada State Board of Education has the authority to approve teacher preparation courses and programs.

Educators are required to have 6 credits of professional development to renew a license

The teacher preparation program course study must be aligned to the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium standards.

Nevada updated the computer and technology standards in 2010.

Nevada updated the English standards in 2010. These standards are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

The State Board of Education approved the revision of the World (formerly Foreign) Language standards on July 10, 2014. These standards offer a vision of excellence for K-12 world language education in Nevada.

4 credits of English are required to graduate.

Beginning in school year 2014-15, Smarter Balanced assessments will replace the Nevada Criterion Referenced Test in Reading and mathematics for grades 3-8 and writing in grades 5 and 8. The assessments are comprised of two parts: (1) a computer adaptive test and (2) performance tasks, administered within a 12-week window in Nevada for grades 3 through 8.