How Nevada Parents Grade Their Local Schools
Nevadans, and particularly parents of school-aged children, when asked about the schools in their own neighborhood, are decidedly more positive about schools of choice than about their traditional school-district-operated neighborhood public schools of right. The same parents are much more likely to feel that the state’s K-12 education is on the wrong track than headed in the right direction.
In a scientific poll across Nevada conducted earlier this year, we asked current parents of school-aged children what letter grade they would give their local schools.
11 percent of respondents gave their local public district school an “A”. 34 percent gave their local traditional district school an “A” or a “B”.
22 percent gave their local public charter school an “A”. 63 percent gave their local charter school an “A” or a “B”.
30 percent gave their local private school an “A”. 73 percent gave their local private school an “A” or a “B”.
These positive grades for schools varied slightly when only Clark County parents of school-aged children were considered:
32 percent gave their local school district school an “A” or a “B”.
48 percent gave their local public charter school an “A” or a “B”.
75 percent gave their local private school an “A” or a “B”.
Interestingly, when the same parents of school-aged children were asked if they think K-12 education in Nevada has gotten off on the wrong track, or is headed in the right direction, 62 percent chose “Wrong Track” and 37 percent chose “Right Direction.”
As Nevadans, together with the state’s education leaders and elected officials, continue to work to improve educational opportunities for all learners, it will be important to remain mindful that when considering their own, local schooling options, schools of choice remain a popular favorite across the Silver State.
For the complete poll findings, along with links to survey data and question scripts, read here.