Reputation never easy to repair
Nevadans pride themselves on not much caring what people in other states think of them.
A byproduct of that attitude has been an unwillingness generally to pay to track the state’s progress in a number of areas, including education.
But with current efforts to hold teachers accountable, that means we’re going to have to find a way of tracking them in the real world.
Nevada is working on implementing a longitudinal data system that will track students from kindergarten through college to determine where they’re strong and where they’re weak.
This real-life example of a permanent record is designed to determine the quality of the chief product of Nevada’s educational system, graduates, and by so doing determine the value of the workers in that system, teachers.
Nevada received a $4 million grant to help pay for the data system, and a report by the legislative committee in charge of implementing it said another $4 million would be needed from the state to get it up and running.
This seems like money well spent, given that currently state education officials can’t even tell for certain how many Nevada graduates are going on to college. All we know is how many Nevada high school graduates end up going to college here.
We agree that good teachers are well worth their salaries. We know that bad teachers are not only a drag on the system, but can also do permanent damage.