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Nevada Achievement School District Information: November 21, 2016


·         We have been out and around in the community meeting with families to share more about school performance and how important parent and family voice is in creating more options for their kids.

o   This weekend we attended the Great Schools All Kids Family Education Fair, hosted in partnership with Opportunity 180. There were nearly 300 attendees on site to learn more about high quality, public school choice options available to them throughout Clark County.  We talked to one mom who said “Show me where the 5-star schools are so I can move there.”

o   We also were honored to be included as a panelist at the Education Forum hosted by National Coalition of 100 Black Women Las Vegas Chapter.  The forum provided an intimate setting for real dialogue among community leaders about educational challenges we face and plans to address them, together.

School Selection:

·         On November 15, 2016, the Nevada Achievement School District recommended nine (9) schools to the State Board of Education to be considered for partnership and conversion in the 2017-18 school year.  Details on the schools that were recommended, the approach and rationale as well as a wealth of current and previous performance data on those schools can be found here:

·         While there has been a lot in the press about reactions to the uncertainty of potential change coming through a conversion to the NV ASD, we did hear from some families at the November 10 State Board Meeting about the need for change and choice.  Click below to read their testimonies: 

o   Dalia Jimenez:

o   Gabriela Ardon:


·         Learn about the work of our colleagues at Green Dot Public Schools turnaround and transformation efforts in Los Angeles:

Research (Repeated from November 14):

·         Opportunity 180 worked in partnership with 270 Strategies<>, a national research and strategy organization, to conduct a survey in an effort to understand parents’ opinions and preferences with regard to the Clark County School District:

·         The Center for Reinventing Public Education recently released a report that shares information about state-led interventions. Many of their findings, such as leveraging more than one strategy and partnering with local districts, have been central to the State’s approach to the Nevada ASD:

·         The following blog post provides a longitudinal view on the impact of school closure, when a better option exists:

·         This link provides guidance from Chiefs for Change on building out a comprehensive State School Improvement strategy, see pages seven (7) and eight (8) for details on where an intervention like the NV ASD fits: es-Under-ESSA.pdf.