Here in Southern Nevada, we are painfully aware of where we land on the education spectrum. The most recent study from US News and World Report finds Nevada at number 48 on the list of states with the best public Pre-K through 12th grade education. It would certainly help if we could keep great teaching talent. A new report shows that might be a problem.
WalletHub ran the numbers and put Nevada at #42 on the list of Best States for Teachers. The survey compared all 50 states and Washington D.C. and, using 24 metrics, calculated “teacher friendliness”. It was not pretty for the Silver State.
The Report’s Methodology
Of the 24 metrics, there are two main categories: Opportunity & Competition (salaries, chance for advancement, etc) and Academic & Work Environment (technology, student to teacher ratio, actual education plan, etc).
Nevada ranked 31st in Opportunity & Competition, propped up by a category called “Projected Competition”. In other words how many teachers versus how many students six years from now. Nevada is projected to have the fewest teachers per student by 2028. So… not a lot of competition for jobs. That sounds great but… it’s not. That means Nevada, already 48th on the student-to-teacher ratio list (which means our class sizes are way bigger than the rest) is expected to get worse, not better.
Academic & Work Environment fared worse. Nevada ranked 46th in the nation in that category, only ahead of Arizona, Oklahoma, California, Alaska and New Mexico. The score is comprised of several smaller scores including “Projected Share of Teacher Turnover,” which has been a persistent issue in Nevada.
Just next door in Utah, they are ranked #2 on the list. Arizona, also next door, ranked 48th. Before you ask, it might not be related to funding. Utah only spends approximately $8,000 per student and Arizona around $8,800 per student compared to Nevada’s $9,100. All far below the nationwide average of $13,185 per student, but with drastically different results.
Whatever the case, Nevada needs to make sure teachers feel supported and keep our best talent. Our kids deserve it.
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.
Ranked: Nevada Among Top 10 States With Worst Road Rage
We all have our road rage tendencies. Some of us are milder than others, but we all get aggravated when we get cut off by another car. It’s human nature. However, some of us respond in more confrontational ways than others. I usually keep it together pretty well and try to be understanding. We all make mistakes. But when a fellow driver sharing the road does something absolutely idiotic, I am not afraid to lay on the horn. It’s there for a reason, right?
According to a new survey from Forbes Advisor, some states are home to more aggressive drivers who struggle to maintain their composure behind the wheel than others. This survey counted actions such as horn honking, rude gestures, and aggressive behaviors due to road rage. And, of course, after analyzing 10 key metrics from a survey of 5,000 drivers across the nation, Nevada‘s community of licensed drivers earned our state a spot on yet another top 10 list.
Driving in Las Vegas is literally one of the scariest everyday tasks I complete. I always wonder before a drive if I’m going to make it safely to my location. That thought runs through my mind. Everyday. There’s no way to know for certain, no matter what state you’re in or where you’re going. But the ridiculousness on our roads and the road rage that results can be pretty terrifying and puts so many in danger.
That said, Nevada is actually not the #1 state with the most confrontational drivers, according to this survey. Some of the top 10 genuinely surprised me… I wasn’t expecting to see Oklahoma pop up on the list. And I CERTAINLY wasn’t expecting the #1 state to be what it is. However, I would’ve bet my next paycheck that New York had earned a top rank. Surprisingly, they aren’t on the list.
Do you agree with this ranking? See where Nevada fell in the top 10 states with the worst road rage: