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Teacher Quality Study Grades Nevada a C-

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LAS VEGAS -- Nevada is making progress in its efforts to improve the quality of its teachers. The Silver State ranks seventh out of the 50 states in a report released Wednesday.

The National Council on Teacher Quality report graded Nevada a C-. That's up from a D- two years ago.

The Washington-based policy group calls the report the 2011 State Teacher Policy Yearbook and reviews all 50 states in-depth. The report for Nevada is more than 150 pages.

The report is funded largely in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other private donors and foundations.

It looks closely at five key areas, including how well prepared teachers are, whether good teachers are being kept in the classroom and whether teachers who don't have adequate certificates are allowed to teach.

Nevada improved in all but one of the areas compared with its grades in 2009. The policy group graded the state a D- both years in the area of delivering well prepared teachers to the classroom. That's the lowest graded area.

"We are encouraged that the report shows Nevada is making progress in the right direction," said Amanda Fulkerson, spokesperson for the Clark County School District. "We will continue to advocate for reforms that put our students first and hold adults accountable for their success."

The report highlights progress made including tenure decisions being linked to the effectiveness of a teacher and consequences implemented for poor evaluations.

"Clark County School District has been working diligently with our representatives in Carson City to develop fair accountability measures for teachers," said Fulkerson.

No state received an A grade in the report. The state with the highest grade was Florida with a B. Montana earned the lowest letter grade with an F.

To read the report visit the 2011 State Teacher Policy Yearbook

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