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Report: Nevada academic proficiency below national average

October 30, 2019

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Academic proficiency scores in Nevada were below the national average in reading and math among elementary and middle-school students, a new report said.

The 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress released Tuesday showed the state’s scores were mostly stagnant since the last assessment in 2017, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports .

It was the fourth consecutive year Nevada had the lowest average composite score in the nation, school officials said.

The state recorded no significant changes in any of the grades or subjects except for an increase in fourth-grade math scores and those of fourth-grade English language learners, officials said.

Despite the lack of improvement, the Clark County School District remained close to the proficiency averages for 27 large urban districts nationally except in eight-grade math, the report said. Clark County outperformed several urban districts including Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Cleveland across all grades and subjects.

“While we saw some improvement this year, I have heard from school leaders that they would like additional supports for their teachers, students, and families,” said Jhone Ebert, the state superintendent of public instruction. He said the Department of Education is working to ensure resources are made available to support and improve student results.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com