Education performance in Nevada
The George Bush Institute recently released a great new website called The Global Report Card which was assembled by Dr. Jay P. Greene, University of Arkansas and Joshua B. McGee. The database compares thousands of U.S. school districts with national results and the combined education results more than two dozen of the world's most developed nations.
Greene and McGee followed up the website with "When the Best is Mediocre" highlighting some of their findings. Greene and McGee find that many of America's most affluent suburban white school district's in the nation can only achieve mediocre results compared to the global average. This is interesting because the average American is about 33 percent more affluent than the average European but performs below average on math and reading compared to their European counterparts. In other words, American public education is so bad, compared to other nations, there really is very little refuge from poor performing school districts.
Not surprisingly, Nevada performs poorly compared to the rest of the U.S. and considerably worse than highly developed nations. The results vary widely with Mineral County School District and Pershing County School District typing for worst worst on math (23 percent of students would tie or beat the global average) and Eureka County School District performing the best (54 percent of students would tie or beat the global average).