Nevada Schools Get Failing Grade In New Study

Eastern States Impress While Southern States Regress

Mitch Kelly
July 27, 2020 - 7:04 am

LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - Schools across Nevada are less than a month away from restarting and a new study from the financial website WalletHub shows the state has a lot of work to do to shore up its education system.

In a school year unlike any other due to the coronavirus pandemic, some parents may decide to move their children to different schools in the future, but for the majority of U.S. families, public education is the only option.

The quality of public school systems varies widely from state to state and is often a question of funding. Public elementary and secondary education money usually flows from three sources: the federal, state and local governments. According to the U.S. Department of Education, states contribute nearly as much as local governments, while the federal government supplies the smallest share. Some researchers have found that more resources — or taxes paid by residents — typically result in better school-system performance.

WalletHub’s analysis accounts for performance, funding, safety, class size and instructor credentials. To determine the top-performing school systems in America, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 33 key metrics and found only 5 other states with a worse-performing educational system than Nevada's- Mississippi, Oklahoma, Alaska, Arizona, Louisiana, and New Mexico.

Hurting Nevada most in the rankings were a tie for the bottom (with South Carolina) in the "Lowest ACT Score" category, and a fourth from the bottom score in the "Lowest Pupil To Teacher Ratio" category.

WalletHub ranks states in the East highest in the survey, with a Top Five of Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Virginia, and Vermont.

For a look at the full study, click here.