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Funding For Nevada’s Education Reforms Should Continue

02/16/2017 at 2:26 | Posted by John Shaffer
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 2:  Teacher Arlene Lebowitz assists a student in her third-grade class during summer school July 2, 2003 in Chicago, Illinois. A record number of students are expected at summer school due to a strong showing for a new voluntary program for mid-tier students and strict application of non-ITBS (Iowa Tests of Basic Skills) test promotion standards.  (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
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Independent auditors say Nevada’s 2015 education reforms seem to be on a successful trajectory, though it’s too soon to determine whether they will significantly affect the state’s bleak scores.   Analysts Chad Buckendahl and Gwen Marchand told lawmakers that limited data suggests funding should continue for programs implemented under Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval. They said the state needs to develop more common methods to evaluate whether changing teaching methods helps students. The short-term audit was a component of seven programs focusing on English literacy, improving failing schools and teacher retention. Information from the National Center for Education Statistics shows Nevada students’ marks in reading and math have trailed the national average for two decades. Lawmakers are tasked with negotiating a two-year budget with Sandoval over the next four months.