Nevada ranks near bottom of early-education report

Jessica Janner

Nevada ranks near bottom of early-education report

CREATED Apr. 29, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A damning new report was released overnight on the state of early education in Nevada.

To sum it all up in a word -- mediocre.

The National Institute for Early Education Research just released their report and Nevada ranks near the bottom of the list in many categories.

Among the 40 states that provide some form of state-funded preschool, Nevada ranked 36th overall.

Just 1.7 percent of three and four years olds are enrolled in preschool in Nevada.

By comparison, Florida ranks number one with nearly 40 percent of children enrolled.

The Silver State also ranks near the bottom in per pupil spending with an average of $2,600 per student, which is about half of what it was in 2003.

The report set several goals for states like teacher training requirements and state oversight.

Nevada scored a seven out of 10 in those categories.

But where the state is lacking is getting kids enrolled and interested in learning.

Nevada still has one of the worst high school graduation rates in the nation. Barely 62 percent of students graduated in the 2010-11 school year.

Governor Sandavol is looking to bolster early education by asking for $25 million to expand full-day kindergarten programs and to teach children English.

And, the state Senate is considering a bill to expand full-day kindergarten in public schools.