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If you have a child enrolled in a Clark County School District class, you may be one of the many parents or teachers who are not happy with the new CCSD grading system.

According to reporter Kim Passoth on Fox5Vegas.com, the new grading system took effect in August of 2021. According to CCSD representatives, the goal of the new system is to make it “equal, remove behavior from the grading process, and give students the chance for reassessment.”

Beginning next school year, 90% of a student’s grade will be based on results from tests and quizzes. Classroom work and home work are being all but removed from the grading process.

Per Passoth’s article on Fox5Vegas.com, many teachers and parents are upset with this change because many students are not participating in classwork and homework. They feel it is no longer necessary to do that work since it is not required to get a good grade. Then, if and when they fail or do poorly on a test or quiz, they are allowed to retake that test or quiz.

Teachers explained in a recent CCSD Board of Trustees meeting that they now have to spend even more time dealing with students who are not keeping up with the work. They have to spend extra time out of their busy schedules teaching extra classes and administering duplicate tests and exams. It is certainly making a teacher’s job more difficult.

CCSD Director of Assessment Rebecca Meyer defended the new school district’s grading policy by explaining that “the grading reform initiative will allow students to learn from mistakes and demonstrate mastery of the content throughout the school year.”

I am not sure how this new initiative prepares our students for life after school since I have never had a boss or supervisor who allowed me to continually learn from my mistakes and failures. Imagine telling your boss “I know you spent an hour teaching us how you wanted the job done last week and I didn’t get the job done, so, would you mind showing me again how you want it done and then let me redo the job even though I missed the first deadline?”

I don’t think I would still be employed by that company. But, then again, I am not an educator. I just play one on the radio.

 

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The Best Las Vegas High Schools Ranked 2022

One of the most important takeaways from education is that it helps individuals develop critical thinking skills. Personal growth comes from learning which intake helps with gaining more confidence, financial wealth and literary skills.

Nevada is an ever-growing city with a population of just over three million. More people are moving to Las Vegas to give their families a better life. With the American dream in mind, where does education fit into the equation? Education is important to families who want to offer the best for their children and generations to come.

EdWeek.org conducted a comprehensive analysis to find out where states rank in educational opportunities and performance. Their data was configured over three categories which included Chance for Success (January), School Finance (June) and K-12 Achievement (September). The overall grade is the average of the three separate scores.

Nevada finished 50 amongst all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The state scoring earned 68.6 out of 100 possible points. That is the equivalent of a D plus grade average. The country ranked at a C grade average. Find out more about their education research within each category.

Let’s be honest, Nevada does not have a great education system ranking but that does not mean that all Vegas schools are bad. Vegas has the 5 largest school district in the United States with the Los Angeles Unified School District taking first place.

GreatSchools.org is a leading non-profit when it comes to research insights and parenting resources. The non-profit gives an insight on “school quality” based on a rating from one to 10. Top-rated schools are considered 10’s. Ratings between one to four are looked at as below average. Ratings between five to six indicate average. Ratings seven to 10 are considered above average.

Let’s see how Vegas high schools, public and private, are ranked from 10 to one.

  • 10/10 West Career & Technical Academy

    West Career & Technical Academy

    West Career & Technical Academy Our mission is to inspire our students to compete successfully in the 21st century by providing a college preparatory education that utilizes project-based learning, real-world applications, and innovative technology.

  • 10/10 Las Vegas Academy Of Arts

    https://www.lasvegasacademy.net/

  • 10/10 Advanced Technologies Academy

    Advanced Technologies Academy

    A-TECH offers seven magnet CTE programs. In addition to their core high school academic courses, students are scheduled into magnet program courses that correspond with their graduation year. These courses are completed in sequence, according to grade level.

  • 10/10 College Of Southern Nevada High School West

    College of Southern Nevada High School

    College of Southern Nevada High School

  • 10/10 Northwest Career and Technical Academy

    Northwest Career And Technical Academy

    Silver Medal Awardedby US Newsand World Report Family Collaboration Group Meeting (Recording) Now Available! Click on link,Go to right side of page under FCG recording/agenda for 9/21/22. NWCTA Blood Drive Thursday, September 22, 2022 NWCTA Students and Families! PSAT Testing Day will be Wednesday, October 12, 2022.

  • 9/10 Southeast Career Technical Academy

    https://www.secta.us/

  • 9/10 Veterans Tribute Career Technical Academy

    Veterans Tribute Career & Technical Academy

    Sentinels...Parking/Early Release Passes & the DMV 301 Form will be done via Google forms and will be processed within 48 hours of submission. Students will not come to the AP office to complete paper forms & the completed item will be delivered to the student.....Please do not come to the AP office to pick up.

  • 7/10 Palo Verde High School

    Palo Verde High School

    The mission of Palo Verde High School is to prepare students to realize their academic, creative, emotional, physical, social, and career potentials as contributing members of a multicultural society in an international community of mutual respect.

  • 6/10 Arbor View High School

    Arbor View High School

    Arbor View High School is dedicated to inclusion as the foundation of emotional, social and academic growth and support of all individuals. The AVHS community is inclusive of all races, ethnicities, cultures, religions/beliefs, sexual orientations, gender identities, socioeconomic statuses, abilities and living arrangements.

  • 5/10 Silverado High School

    Silverado High School

    Silverado High School

  • 5/10 Centennial High School

    Centennial High School

    We believe that the purpose of education is to provide experiences that will encourage and assist students to achieve their potential and to assume their responsibilities as members of society. It is the obligation of the school to instill in students positive attitudes toward growth, learning, leadership, and creativity, as well as to ensure their full intellectual and character development.

  • 4/10 Durango High School

    Durango High School

    Durango High School

  • 4/10 Shadow Ridge High School

    Shadow Ridge High School

    Shadow Ridge High School places an emphasis on every aspect of our student's growth and development. We take advantage of the natural curiosity students possess. Suitable class sizes and exceptional, qualified teachers allows us to offer an intimate and inclusive educational environment, while also ensuring each student receives the individualized attention and support they need.

  • 4/10 Ed W Clark High School

    Ed W. Clark High School

    Ed W. Clark High School

  • 4/10 Rancho High School

    Rancho High School

    Rancho High School

  • 4/10 Desert Oasis High School

    Desert Oasis High School

    Desert Oasis High School

  • 4/10 Las Vegas High School

    Las Vegas High School

    Las Vegas High School

  • 4/10 Sierra Vista High School

    Sierra Vista High School

    Sierra Vista High School

  • 3/10 Chaparral High School

    Chaparral High School

    We strive to empower our students with the tools needed to achieve future success within an environment that promotes life-long learning and mutual respect through rigorous instruction, relevant content, meaningful relationships, and personal responsibility.

  • 3/10 Cimarron Memorial High School

    Cimarron Memorial High School

    Cimarron Memorial High School

  • 2/10 Del Sol Academy Of The Performing Arts

    Del Sol Academy of the Performing Arts

    Del Sol Academy of the Performing Arts prepares our diverse student population to successfully pursue college and career opportunities in a global community. Rigorous instructional programs facilitate the development of our students' unique skills and talents, as scholars, performers, and athletes which emphasize critical thinking, creativity and self expression.

  • 2/10 Western High School

    Western High School

    Western High School

  • 2/10 Sunrise Mountain High School

    Sunrise Mountain High School

    The Sunrise Mountain High School Community will assist ALL of our students achieve the high levels of learning required for success in college or post-secondary opportunities by utilizing collaborative approaches that are Purposeful, Inclusive, and Consistent (PIC).

  • 1/10 Desert Pines High School

    Desert Pines High School

    Desert Pines High School

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