The Nevada Department of Education released proficiency scores last week as required under the Nevada School Performance Framework. The Churchill County School District and Oasis Academy were ranked at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. The scores covered English Language Arts, Math, Science, and chronic absenteeism.
Before COVID quarantines, the report ranked Nevada schools with Star Ratings, but those ratings have not been calculated for the past three years. This current school year will be rated, and those Star Ratings will be released in September of 2023.
Oasis Academy elementary students ranked at 60.2% proficient in ELA, 57.4% proficient in math, and 64.4% proficient in science.
E.C. Best third graders scored at 37.8% proficiency in ELA, and 45.1% in math, and did not have a science ranking.
Numa students were ranked 38.8% proficient in ELA, 25.8% in math, and 21% proficient in science.
Oasis Academy elementary students have 13.1% chronic absenteeism, with E.C. Best showing 22.6% and Numa at 26.6%.
At the middle school level, Oasis students delivered 72.9% proficiency in ELA, 59.8% proficiency in math, and 28.3% proficiency in science with a chronic absenteeism rate of 21%.
Churchill County Middle School students came in with a 35.6% proficiency in ELA, 16.1% proficiency in math, 28.3% proficiency in science, and a chronic absenteeism rate of 19%.
Oasis Academy high school students are at 68.5% proficiency in ELA, 45.7% proficiency in math, 51.1% proficiency in science, and an 8.9% rating in chronic absenteeism.
Churchill County High School Students showed 44.7% proficiency in ELA, 16.2% proficiency in math, and 24.1% proficiency in science with the chronic absenteeism rating coming in at 29.7%.
Absences that are excused by a medical professional cannot count against a school in the measure of the chronic absenteeism rate.
"I am incredibly proud of our staff and students,” said Melissa Mackedon, CEO of Oasis Academy. “COVID-19 created less than ideal learning conditions for many students, but they persevered and as a result we are in a good position when it comes to student proficiency and student growth. This entire staff took a close look at our data from last year and are moving full steam ahead in the interest of our students.”
According to a press release put out by the CCSD, 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 Stephens must adhere to in efforts toward this goal is that reading performance in these grades cannot drop below 2021-2022 levels.
Numa currently has a Targeted Support designation and CCMS and CCHS have a Comprehensive Support rating. “These are from several years ago,” said Stephens, “and after this year will have an opportunity to be reconsidered to drop that designation. The state is able to provide additional professional guidance and development opportunities to schools with these designations,” said Stephens.
According to the Nevada Report Card website, states are required to designate schools for Comprehensive Support and Improvement and Targeted Support and Improvement based on student performance data from the 2021-22 school year. This measure was waived during the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years and was not included for accountability due to COVID.
The state provides index scores and calculates indicators and measures for the NSPF to “meaningfully differentiate schools,” according to the Nevada accountability website that can be found at nevadareportcard.nv.gov.