How Tahoe Measures Education
A good education empowers children to fulfill their dreams and become productive members of society. Those with a Bachelor’s degree or higher are more likely to be employed, earn higher incomes, and have better health outcomes than those with only a high school diploma or less. In addition, a highly skilled and educated workforce is a key driver of innovation and economic growth for a community.
Standardized test scores represent the educational performance of students and provide a proxy for the quality of the education system in the Tahoe Basin. The California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) and Nevada High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) are based on state-specific educational standards, initially administered in 10th grade and additional chances are provided if students do not pass the test, and students in both states must pass the exams to graduate from high school.
Nevada High School Proficiency Exam
This indicator measures the annual percentage of students in Nevada Tahoe Basin public high schools that pass the high school proficiency test.
California High School Exit Exam
This indicator measures the annual percentage of students in California Tahoe Basin public high schools that pass the high school proficiency test.
Graduation provides students with the opportunity to continue on to post-secondary education, access to higher lifetime earnings and more stable employment prospects. Communities with a higher number of employers requiring a diploma for most well-paying jobs are likely to see higher graduation rates. This indicator measures the annual cohort graduation rate of students from Tahoe Basin public high schools. Cohort graduation rates are regularly used by the California and Nevada Departments of Education to track graduation rates from public high schools to better understand education attainment. Cohort graduation rates measure the percentage of students who enter high school and graduate within four years.
What is Tahoe Doing to Improve Education
The Sustainable Communities Program is not currently reporting any actions or leading indicators to improve education.