Courageous Conversations Today to Ensure a Better Tomorrow. For Nevada’s Students. Nevada Dropout Prevention Summit November 8 th , 2010.
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Courageous Conversations Today to Ensure a Better Tomorrow For Nevada’s Students Nevada Dropout Prevention Summit November 8th , 2010
“You must maintain unwavering faith that you can and will prevail in the end, regardless of the difficulties, AND at the same time, have the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.” Jim Collins, Good to Great
The dropout issue is a national disgrace: • 1.2 million students dropout of school each year • 7,000 teens become high school dropouts every school day • High correlation with being jobless, homeless & in prison • Earn $260,000 less than H.S. graduates over lifetime • Cost nation $209,000 each for healthcare, welfare and crime • We incur $1.5 billion in future losses every school day • And in the “Silver State”… • The dropout rate in Nevada is 24% higher than the national average.
Nevada by the Numbers… • National foreclosure rate:1 in 78 homes • Nevada foreclosure rate: 1 in 17 homes • Nevada’s budget deficit: $2.9 billion (42% of $7 billion budget) • National unemployment rate: 10% • Nevada’s unemployment rate: 15.2% (highest in country) • Nevadans looking for work: 195,000 reported; 220,000 estimated
The state of education in Nevada is also in crisis…
State of Education in Nevada Nevada actually does worse in 8th grade math with higher income students than all states but HI and DC About a 30 point difference in NAEP scores exist between NV and MA, KS, MN, NJ, and TX. In science, only 1% of NV students are at the advanced level.
State of Education in Nevada Education Week “Chance of Success” • Nevada received the lowest score in the nation, almost 30 points below MA. • Factors include parent education, family income, pre-school enrollment, NAEP scores, and employment.
State of Education “Chance of Success” – NV vs. US Averages • 11% lower in parent education • 11% lower in parent language skills • 19% lower in preschool education • 2nd lowest % of young adults with degree, • 36.2% vs. 52.8% nationally
It doesn’t have to be this way… Nevada has an opportunity GAP…
Achievement GAP Difference between: Data showing all children are learning at high levels Data that shows where they are actually performing
Opportunity GAP Difference between: What Nevada could afford to spend on essential government services What Nevada chooses to spend on essential government services
According to The Wall Street Journal, Nevada’s opportunity GAP is the largest in the nation. Source: Wall Street Journal, February, 2010
State of Education in Nevada School funding • Per pupil spending in NV in 2006 was $7,213; 27% lower than the $9,963 U.S. Average. • Percent of taxable resources spent on education in NV is 2.8%; U.S. is 3.7%. NV is 2nd lowest in the nation. • K-12 education took a 6.9% reduction after the special session last year.
220,000 Nevadans looking for work • 220,000 young Nevadans in danger of not graduating In a state with only 58% of the population with a high school diploma, there is a definitive link between education and the economy.
What’s the vision for Nevada? • Vision is our preferred future. • Budgets and strategic plans are about choices for what we choose to make a priority. • Courage and resolve will be tested to make our vision a reality.
How do we change the conversation in Nevada to start making education a priority?
It always starts with the moral imperative ! Educating all students at high levels is the right thing to do!
However, 70% of every community does not have children in our schools. How do we get them to care?
Nevada’s Challenge “The best economic stimulus package is a high school diploma” -Governor Bob Wise President Alliance for Excellent Education
Education is the Key to our Economic Future • Everyone agrees that Nevada needs to diversify its economy. • However, businesses will not come unless they can promise their business leaders a quality work force and their workers a quality educational system for children.
Education is the Key to our Economic Future In a poll ranking states’ attractiveness for new businesses, the Wall Street Journal cited Nevada as… • 16th in Tax Friendly Structure • 50thin Educational Quality & Funding • Can we figure out why businesses are not choosing to come?
Education is the Key to our Economic Future • We have to get Nevadans to see investments in education, not just because it’s the right thing to do for our children, but because of the economic return on investment they can expect. • Many people are talking about why they don’t want to raise revenue. Let’s get them talking about the revenue we are losing as a state by not making education a priority.
78% of Nevada’s prison inmates do not have a high school diploma. • Nevada spends 15% more on incarceration than any other state. What does this tell us about priorities?
Estimated savings if all high schools students graduated • $230 million saved in health care costs • $25.8 million saved in college remediation costs • $78+ million impact each year for a 5% gain in male graduation rate • $5.2 billion in lost lifetime earnings for the class of 2009 drop-outs
Ron Emanuel stated, “You can’t let a good crisis go to waste.” We have to seize this opportunity to talk about serious educational reform in Nevada.
Pressures to Reform FEDERAL ESEA SIG Race To The Top NEVADA COMMUNITY EXPECTATIONS ECONOMY “Waiting for Superman” NEVADA “Blue Ribbon Task Force”
Nevada’s Promise Nevada has 436,000 students who are depending on us to deliver Nevada’s Promise: • Every school will be led by an effective principal. • Every classroom will be led by an effective teacher. • Every student will graduate.
Nevada’s Promise Objectives By 2014, Nevada’s Promise calls for (data based on 2009 results ): • Increasing the graduation rate to 85% • Reducing the achievement gap by 50% • Increasing graduates enrolling in post-secondary instructions by 50% • Increasing the percentage of students proficient or advanced on the NAEP fourth-grade mathematics and reading
Nevada’s Promise Five Core Reform Areas Nevada's Promise addresses broad-based reform through five core reform areas: •Adopting a common set of college and career-readiness standards and an assessment system to measure success in learning those standards. •Establishing data systems that measure student growth and success, and inform teachers and principals about how they can improve instruction. •Recruiting, developing, rewarding and retaining great teachers and principals, especially where they are needed most. •Turning around the lowest-achieving schools. •Creating a high-quality plan that offers a rigorous course of study to prepare more students for advanced study and careers in mathematics, the sciences, technology and engineering (STEM).
To make “Nevada’s Promise” a reality, • the task force has focused on three areas: • Communications • Governance • Legislation
Nevada’s Promise Legislative Actions Required for Reform • Adopt alternative routes to licensure for teachers and administrators. • •Include student achievement in teacher and administrator evaluations. • •Replace existing binary evaluation system for teachers and administrators with a four-tiered structure (highly effective, effective, minimally effective and ineffective). • •Assure equitable distribution of talented teachers and administrators. • •Review the delivery of professional development to align with goals and requirements. • •Provide a pathway for exit for struggling teachers and administrators that fail to improve. • •Establish the Nevada Charter School Institute and clear the path for participation by qualified charter schools.
Nevada’s Promise Administrative Actions Required for Reform • Adopt the Common Core State Standards. • •Create a seamless, on-demand longitudinal data system that fosters district collaboration, links K-12 to higher education, tracks students as they progress through the system and provides data for classroom instruction and accountability reporting. • •Create a Teachers and Leaders Council within the existing Nevada Department of Education infrastructure to design a uniform state-wide evaluation process for teachers and administrators and coordinate adoption. • •Design and implement new statewide professional development initiatives and strategies based on data to support struggling teachers and administrators. • •Create a plan and structure to advance STEM education. • •Provide higher education programs of teacher preparation in areas of critical need, such as the STEM disciplines, the teaching of English as a second language and special education.
“We encourage you to join our committed effort and to express your support as we introduce innovative solutions for public education reform in our state.” Dan Klaich and Elaine Wynn