Nevada's Report Card

Since 2000, Nevada has been publishing the Children's Report Card, which gathers and analyzes data to better understand how our state is taking care of our children.

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C-

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Children’s Safety

Child Maltreatment: C

Youth Homelessness: D

Juvenile Violence: D+

Child Deaths & Injuries: C

Substance Abuse: B

Potential Grade

C+

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    Preventing abuse, neglect and entry into foster care

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    Improving the programs and practices necessary to support children and families in the child welfare system

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    Promoting safe exits and ensuring successful transitions for youth and families leaving the child welfare system

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Child Maltreatment: C

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Nevada’s child maltreatment grade is based upon total child maltreatment, but also looks at physical, sexual and neglectful maltreatment. Nevada’s grade has remained stable over the past few report cards, going from 15th to 17th in the nation. For physical, sexual and neglectful maltreatment, Nevada ranked 38th, 20th, and 32nd respectively. This contributed to Nevada’s ranking of 30th in the nation for Foster Care Placement, in which an average of 5 children were removed from their homes and placed in foster care per 1,000 children in 2016.

Youth Homelessness: D

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In 2017, Nevada placed 51st in the nation for child and youth homelessness, with 2,166 unaccompanied homeless children and youth (231.8 per 100,000) reported in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress. Nevada again had the highest rate of unsheltered unaccompanied children and youth in the United States with no improvement at 89.2% of unaccompanied homeless children and youth under 25 found living in the streets rather than in shelters-during the 2017 Point-In-Time Count. These statistics continue to show that Nevada severely lacks adequate shelter for unaccompanied homeless youth in Nevada. Nevada ranked 12th in the nation for the total share of homeless families.

Juvenile Violence: D+

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The Juvenile Violence ranking is based upon: high school violence; weapons on school property; dating violence; fear of violence; and juvenile justice. In 2017, 9% of Nevada’s high school students felt unsafe attending school; 26th in the nation. While the ranking for the state has improved since the last report card, the percentage has slightly increased from 8.5% in 2015. Nevada ranked 15th out of 38 states for students reporting to have brought a weapon to school at 4.7% and 5th in the nation for the percentage of students who have been in a fight on campus at 5.9%, an improvement from 6.8% in 2015. Nevada ranked 5th out of 39 and 11th out of 29 states, respectively, for both physical and sexual dating violence with 6.7% experiencing physical and 10.3% experiencing sexual dating violence (both decreases from 2015). Nevada ranked 42nd for juvenile justice with 209 per 100,000 youth residing in juvenile detention, correctional and/or residential facilities.

Child Deaths & Injuries: C

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Child deaths and injuries is based upon: overall child deaths; road traffic injuries and deaths; and new to this report card, combined unintentional injuries, homicide, and suicide. In 2016, Nevada ranked 34th in the nation for child deaths with 20 deaths per 100,000 children, a slight increase from 2014. This number is slightly above the national average of 17 deaths per 100,000. Nevada ranked 10th in the nation for transportation related deaths in 2016– a slight improvement from 13th in 2014. In 2016, Nevada ranked 16th in the nation for combined unintentional injuries, homicide, and suicide rates at 16.9 per 100,00 deaths, not so different from the national average of 16.5 per 100,000 deaths.

Substance Abuse: B

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Nevada continues to improve in the percentage of high school students who smoke cigarettes (6.7%) and who use smokeless tobacco (3%), ranking 9th and 2nd respectively in 2017. Nevada has greatly improved in students who use any type of tobacco, decreasing from 30.4% in 2015 to 11.5% in 2017, ranking 6th in the nation. New to this report is students who use electronic vapor products. Nevada ranks 22nd out of 32 in high school students ever using an electronic vapor product at 42.1%. Nevada ranked 11th in alcohol use with 25.8% of students reporting they currently consume alcohol. Approximately 17.9% of high schoolers smoke marijuana, ranking Nevada 14th out of 42 states. Nevada continues to rank low for ecstasy use, which comes in at 24th out of 31 states and has slightly improved for prescription drug use at 26th out of 39 states. For inhalants and heroin use, Nevada ranks 20th out of 30 and 18th out of 36, respectively. Overall, substance abuse has declined in the state but it is important to note that the use of electronic vapor products is on the rise.

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School Readiness

School Readiness: F-

Student Achievement: F

High School Completion: F-

Funding: F

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F

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C+

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    Access to high quality, affordable child care for all children.

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    Parent education and family support programs designed to improve the confidence and competency of all parents and support them in their role as their children's first and most important teachers.

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    A highly qualified and appropriately compensated early childhood workforce.

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School Readiness: F-

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The School Readiness grade is comprised of preschool enrollment, availability, and spending per capita. Nevada is currently 48th in the nation for preschool enrollment, a slight improvement from the last report card; only 36.7% of 3- and 4-year olds are currently enrolled. Of the 36.7% of enrolled students, only 12% are enrolled in State preschool, Special Education, or Head Start- ranked 48th in the nation. Nevada ranks 41st for state spending per capita for states that offer preschool programs, currently investing $65.79, a slight improvement from 2015, but still significantly below the national average of $955.22. Given the limited capacity of public preschool programs, efforts have also been made to increase access to high quality early learning programs. Between September 2015 and March 2018, Nevada increased monthly subsidy (child care assistance) caseload by 4188 children, an increase of 77.86%.

Student Achievement: F

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Student Achievement is based upon 4th grade reading, 8th grade math and postsecondary participation. There has been a slight increase in the percent of reading and math score at or above proficiency; reading scores have increased from 29% to 31% and math scores from 26.1% to 27%. Nevada still remains near the bottom for both rankings, 43rd for reading and 41st for math. Nevada ranks 50th overall for postsecondary participation, with just 41% of young adults enrolled in postsecondary education or with a degree.

High School Completion: F-

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Nevada ranked 49th in the nation for high school dropouts (teens age 16 to 19 who are not in school and have not yet graduated from high school) in 2016 at 7%- a slight increase from the last report card at 6%. High school graduation rates have increased greatly, from 60% for the class of 2012 to 73.6% for the class of 2016. However, Nevada still ranks low at 49th in the nation, and is below the national average of 84.1%. It is hopeful that continuing investments in education will help to increase all of these numbers in the coming years.

Funding: F

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Per pupil expenditures is calculated for grades pre-kindergarten through 12th grade for public elementary and secondary education. Actual expenditures for the 2015-2016 fiscal year were $8,960 compared to $11,762 nationally. Nevada ranked 43rd in this category, a slight increase from the last report card. Nevada’s low per pupil expenditure continues to cause high student-teacher ratios. Nevada is ranked 48th in the nation with a continuing average of 20.6 compared to 16 nationally. In 2013, Nevada ranked 14th overall in the nation for categorical funding, allocating over 200 million dollars. Nevada has since increased categorical funding amounts in the past two sessions (2015 and 2017), investing nearly 500 million more dollars.

CURRENT GRADE

D

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Children’s Health

Access to Health Care: F-

Prenatal/Infant Health: D+

Immunizations: C-

Childhood Obesity: B-

Dental Health: F+

Mental Health: C-

Sexual Health: D-

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C+

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    On-time, recommended childhood immunizations

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    Access to food that supports good nutrition, including an adequate supply of fruits and vegetables.

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    Communities that provide a safe place to run and play, offering ample opportunities for physical activity.

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    High quality, and on-time, prenatal care.

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Access to Healthcare: F-

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FAccess to Health Care grade considers: the number of children without insurance; children who have a medical home; and patient to provider ratios (per 100,000). In 2017, Nevada ranked 47th in the nation for percentage of children without health insurance* at 8%, a decrease from 9.6% in 2014. With the implementation of the ACA, Nevada had the highest percent increase of coverage in the nation and continues to improve within the state of Nevada. Nevada ranks 51st in the percentage of children with a medical home and 48th in patient provider ratios at 70.1 per 100,000, an increase of only .3 from the previous period. *This indicator changed from the previous report card to include 18-year-olds.

Prenatal / Infant Care: D+

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Prenatal/infant health is based upon: the percentage of pregnant women receiving late or no prenatal care; infant and child mortality; and low birth weight babies. Nevada’s ranking dropped in its infant and child mortality rates, increasing from 5.1 per 1,000 to 5.7 per 1,000, decreasing its ranking from 13th to 17th in the nation. There was also a slight increase in the percentage of low birth weight babies, increasing from 8.0% to 8.5%, decreasing the ranking from 23rd to 30th overall. The most significantly improved data point in this area was women receiving late or no prenatal care, which dropped from 9% to 8.2% in 2016. Despite this decrease, Nevada’s ranking dropped from 43rd to 46th, primarily because other states saw more significant reductions in this same time period, with a U.S. average of 6.2%.

Immunizations: C-

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The immunizations grade is based on the percentage of children aged 19 to 35 months receiving recommended doses of DTaP, polio, MMR, Hib, hepatitis B, varicella, and PCV vaccines, and new to this year’s report card, adolescents who are up to date on the HPV vaccinations. In 2016, Nevada ranked 24th in the nation for children aged 19 to 35 months receiving recommended doses of DTaP, polio, MMR, Hib, hepatitis B, and PCV vaccines, with a percentage of 71.9%, a substantial increase from 2015 where Nevada ranked 37th with a percentage of 67.7%. Nevada ranked 29th in the nation for adolescents who are up to date on their HPV vaccinations at 49%, slightly above the U.S. average of 48.6%.

Childhood Obesity: B-

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Childhood Obesity consists of: the percentage of 9th-12th grade students whose Body Mass Index (BMI) is at/or above the 85th percentile but not higher than the 95th percentile (overweight) and whose BMI is higher than the 95th percentile (obese); students not physically active 5 days per week for 60+ minutes; and those students who reported that they did not consistently eat fruit*. Nevada ranked 8th in the nation for the percentage of students who are overweight at 14.3% and 19th for those who are obese at 14% (a decrease from 15% and increase from 12.2%, respectively, in 2017). Inactivity increased from 49% in 2015 to 53.6% in 2017. In Nevada, 7.5% of youth reported not consistently eating fruit, compared to the U.S. average of 5.6%. *This indicator changed from the previous report card from vegetables to fruit.

Dental Health: F+

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Since the previous report card, the dental health indicator has changed to reflect the preventative dental health care of children 0-18 instead of 9th-12th graders and includes the percentage of children who have had no preventative dental care visits in the past year and whose teeth were described as being in fair or poor condition. Nevada ranks 42nd for both indicators in the nation, respectively, for these two categories with 6.1% of children having fair to poor teeth and 20.1% of our children receiving no preventive dental care.

Mental Health: C-

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The Mental Health grade is based upon: mental health treatment; attempted suicides; and teen suicide rates. Nevada ranks 41st in the nation for mental health treatment in which children needed mental health treatment or counseling in the past 12 months and did not receive it. Nevada’s attempted suicide rate has greatly decreased, moving from 10.7% in 2015 to 7.4% in 2017, increasing our rank from 30th to 9th. However, Nevada’s suicide rate has increased from 2.29 to 4.2 (per 100,000 children ages 0-18), decreasing our rank from 16th to 32nd.

Sexual Health: D-

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Sexual Health is based upon five indicators: teen birth rate; sexual activity; condom use; any birth control use; and sexually transmitted disease rates. With 18.9% of Nevada school students not using any type of birth control, the state ranks 31 out of 37 states. However, the teen birth rate in Nevada has decreased, moving from 29 births per 1,000 females ages 15 to 19 in 2015 to 24 per 1,000 births per 1,000 females in 2017 giving Nevada a ranking of 32nd. Nevada ranks 18 out of 39 states for condom use and is slightly above average for STI rates for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, but has decreased ranking from the previous report card at 31st and 30th respectively. The Syphilis rate for teens in Nevada has slightly decreased from 25.1 per 100,000 in 2014 to 22.9 per 100,000 in 2017, but still is below the U.S. average of 14.8 per 100,000.

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Economic Well-Being

Employment: C+

Housing: D-

Poverty: D

Income: D

CURRENT GRADE

D

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Potential Grade

C+

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    On-time, recommended childhood immunizations

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    Access to food that supports good nutrition, including an adequate supply of fruits and vegetables.

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    High quality, and on-time, prenatal care.

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Employment: C+

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The employment grade is comprised of the percentage of children whose parents lack secure employment and the unemployment rate of parents. In 2016, Nevada ranked 33rd in the nation for the percentage of children whose parents lack secure employment at 30%, a slight improvement from 32% in 2014. We also saw a great improvement in unemployment for parents, dropping from 6% in 2014 to 3% in 2017.

Housing: D-

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DIn 2016, 34% of children lived in a household with a high housing cost burden, where more than 30 percent of the monthly income was spent on rent, mortgage payments, taxes, insurance, and/ or related expenses. This is a decrease from 2014 at 37% respectively. For children in low-income households with a high housing cost burden, Nevada is at the national average at 61% and ranks 28th in the nation overall.

Poverty: D

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The poverty grade is based upon the percentage of children in poverty (100 percent poverty) and children in extreme poverty (50 percent poverty), and new to this report card is children who live in households that were food insecure at some point during the year. Nevada ranked 31st for children in poverty (100 percent poverty) at 19%. This is the same as the national average and is a decrease from 22% reported in 2014. Children in extreme poverty has slightly improved from 10% in 2014 to 7% in 2017 and ranks 29th in the nation. In 2016, 20.5% of children in Nevada were food insecure at some point during the year, ranking 39th in the nation.

Income: D

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The income grade is determined by the number of teens ages 16-19 not attending school and not working and low-income working families with children. Nevada is currently 30th in the nation for teens aged 16-19 not attending school and not working at 6%, a decrease from 9% in 2014. In 2016, Nevada ranked 38th in the nation for lowincome working families with children at 24%, a slight decrease from 26% in 2014.

Grades are determined by where Nevada ranks among other states

1-3 = A+

4-7 = A

8-10 = A-

11-13 = B+

14-17 = B

18-20 = B-

21-23 = C+

24-27 = C

28-30 = C-

31-33 = D+

34-37 = D

38-40 = D-

41-43 = F+

44-47 = F

48-51 = F-

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These symbols indicate Nevada’s progress, not necessarily where the state ranked compared to other states. There are instances where Nevada’s indicator has improved, but our rank has gone down (due to other states improving more than Nevada). Because the grades are based on Nevada’s rank, this may result in a lower grade, despite improvements on the indicator.

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