Majority of Nevada school districts placed on 'watch list'

Thirteen of Nevada's 17 school districts have been placed on a federal "watch list," according to a report released Friday by the Nevada Department of Education.

Carson City, Lyon, Douglas and Washoe counties were among them.

The identification of the districts is based on criteria established by the federal No Child Left Behind act.

The act requires that all students reach a level of proficiency deemed "adequate yearly progress."

If proficiency is not met, schools are placed on a watch list. After the second year, they are labeled "needs improvement."

In Carson City, six of the nine schools are on the watch list and one is in need of improvement.

Bordewich-Bray and Fritsch elementary schools are the only two schools to make adequate yearly progress.

If the school district fails to make adequate yearly progress again next year, it can be moved to the needs improvement category and be compelled to create a district improvement plan.

After several years of not making adequate progress, corrective actions or sanctions can be applied.

Counties making adequate yearly progress are Storey, Eureka, Lander and Lincoln.

No officials could be reached for comment on the report released late Friday afternoon.

Contact Teri Vance at or at 881-1272.


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