State Charter School Students Served With More Higher-Rated Schools Than State Average Overall

More than half of students, 55.6%, enrolled in state charter schools attend 4- or 5-Star schools, the highest ratings awarded by the Nevada School Performance Framework. 

This compares with 30.2% of all Nevada public schools students.  This group of 486,885 students included the 41,823 at state charter schools, which are, of course, public schools.

These ratings on the Nevada School Performance Framework, as well as the student population totals, are from the 2018-19 school year, as no new ratings were issued by the state for the 2019-20 school year. 

Just as important, 35.2% of all students enrolled in Nevada public schools attend a 1- or 2-Star school, the lowest ratings issued by the state Framework, while 32.4% of state charter school students do.  

While both of these groups are still too large, and educators at each are working hard to improve their schools’ ratings, all of these numbers offer meaningful insights into the important contribution of Nevada’s charter schools within the fabric of Nevada’s education options.

These analyses by student population, a measure of equitable opportunities employed by the State Public Charter School Authority, differ somewhat from the breakdown by number of schools within each category that is more widely referenced in public deliberations.

Of all public schools in Nevada, 33% are 4- and 5-Star schools, while 40% are 1- and 2-Star schools.

However, 64% of state charter schools carry 4- and 5-Star ratings, while 23% carry 1- and 2-Star ratings. 

The Nevada School Performance Framework uses different formulas to evaluate elementary, middle and high schools in assigning its ratings.  Its use of the Smarter Balanced Assessments factors measures of both student proficiency and student academic growth over time prominently in its elementary and middle school frameworks.  Other measures include graduation rates for high schools and chronic absenteeism.