On Thursday, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd), joined Nevada education leaders at Advanced Technologies Academy (A-Tech) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Following a campus tour, they participated in a forum with students, exploring how technology and digital learning tools have helped A-Tech become U.S. News and World Report’s number one school in the state. This comes on the heels of ExcelinEd’s Digital Learning Now! initiative’s annual Report Card release that ranked Nevada 4th in the nation and with the most improved grade.
Read more about Governor Bush’s visit to Nevada here.
Digital Learning Expands Quality Education Options
to All Students in Nevada
- Nevada is expanding distance learning options for all students in the state. In 2013, Nevada passed landmark legislation, SB 58, which removed access restrictions to digital learning for students across the state and expanded online course options.
- Nevada is focusing on the connected learner. Leaders worked to make students the center of the learning experience through SB 58 and now all distance education classes in the state are competency based.
- Nevada is investing in Course Choice. Nevada allows full funding for students that are enrolled in distance education classes as part of their normal academic load.
- Nevada is expanding access to high quality online courses. In 2011, Nevada introduced online and blended learning charter schools. Students in Nevada can now enroll in fulltime online schools.
On Wednesday, Governor Jeb Bush joined Governor Susana Martinez at Nizhoni Elementary School in New Mexico to announce the translation of education materials and resources into the Navajo Language. The translation is designed to increase parental involvement in “Readers Raise the Roof” family workshops and participation in Advanced Placement courses.
Rising Student Achievement in New Mexico:
Four years ago, Governor Martinez and Secretary Skandera began a comprehensive strategy of reforming policies and practices to organize education around student learning. The result? Rising student achievement:
- For the second consecutive year, New Mexico’s Hispanic high school students ranked first in the nation for scoring a 3 or higher on the AP exam in 2013. And, its low-income students ranked second nationwide for their success in AP courses.
- The statewide graduation rate for the class of 2012 increased more than 7 percentage points from the previous year to 70%. And, the graduation rates among all groups of minority students increased in 2012.
- According to the Nation’s Report Card, New Mexico’s low-income fourth-grade students beat the national average for gains from 2011 to 2013 in math.
- In 2013, New Mexico increased the percentage of 11th graders reading on grade level by 10% from 2012, with Hispanic 11th graders showing a 10.6% increase, African-American 11th graders showing a 9% increase, and Native American 11th graders showing an 11% increase.
- In 2012, New Mexico student achievement improved to half of all students reading on grade level and in 2013, it increased by another 3%.
Read more about Governor Bush’s trip to New Mexico here.