Nevada Employment and Education

The graduation rate for Nevada is currently at 80.7%, which is up from 78.8% in 1990. There are 572 schools in the state, and $6,686 is spent on each student per year of instruction. Scores on the NAEP show students testing a little below the nation’s average, and not much change has occurred in the past 2 years. In 2003, 69% of 4th graders and 59% of 8th graders tested proficient at basic levels in Math. In 2005, the percentages went up to 72% in 4th grade and 60% in 8th grade. Reading scores showed no improvement in 2 year’s time, with 4th graders scoring at 52% both years and 8th graders scoring at 63% proficiency at basic reading levels.