School district addresses improvements in specific areas

STAR ratings not assigned to schools

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The state of Nevada did not assign STAR ratings to schools for the 2021-22 school year because of flexibility offered by the U.S. Department of Education, reports the Churchill County School District.

According to the school district, the last year star ratings were provided to the state’s school districts during the 2018-19 school year. The Nevada Department of Education delayed the reporting of STAR ratings due to schools adjusting to instruction because of the coronavirus pandemic.

 “The Churchill County School District schools of Numa, Churchill County Middle School and Churchill County High School remain with their previous rating levels and are fully supported by the Nevada Department of Education’s team for targeted improvement and continuous Improvement efforts,” the school district said.

During the 2021-22 school year when school districts implemented the School Performance Plan, Churchill County graduation improved as did the growth in reading and math results for the 2017 and 2019 classes. Furthermore, the district said the plan will work toward the growth in reading and math results with the students designated in the classes of 2027 and 2029.

“Churchill County High School’s ACT composite score equaled that of the state with the school’s scores in English and reading continuing to outperform the state average score,” the school district said. “All three tested grades for the state science assessment (grades 5, 8, and high school in biology) have noted gains since the 2020-2021 school year.”

According to the school district, the high school rate for proficiency has tripled in number since 2018-19, up from 8% to 24%. Churchill County fifth-grade and high school students scored above the state average in the science assessment.

The Board of Trustees implemented goals that will cover the next two year in the areas of math achievement, behavior, graduation rate and Career and Technical Education completion rates.

The district has set a goal to improve the math achievement for students in all grades reported (3-8, 11) by at least 15% over the next two school years.

“In addition, one guardrail that the superintendent must adhere to in efforts toward this goal is that reading performance in these grades cannot drop below 2021-2022 levels,” the school district said.

Based on goals and each the School Performance Plans for each site, each has centered on the last several years by establishing a clear learner-centered framework in all content areas works to ensure that all learners become life ready and fully developed in all social-emotional and academic areas.

“Teachers have worked over the past three years to clearly articulate standards and curriculum outcomes, develop assessment practices that ensure students focus on learning, and now dive into ways to provide more personalized instruction at all levels K-12,” the district said.

Elementary music, art and physical education from a multi-year hiatus. In addition, the district said it currently has 19 Career and Technical Education Programs of Study, Dual Enrollment Certification programs and a new CTE exploration course at Churchill County Middle School.

In addition, the district began a career center and more work-based learning opportunities for the current school year.

“All of these opportunities support the district’s strategic themes of ensuring life readiness and development of the whole person,” the district said. “These areas, along with those items in the current statewide accountability model, are what help us succeed students and families.”

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