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Nevada County’s primary education stellar, report says

Nevada County ranks higher in its elementary school education than in high-school education, according to a new report.

But despite that performance in the early grades, Nevada County finished 47 out of the state’s 58 counties in the percentage of high school students eligible to attend one of California’s public universities, the report said.

The high-school findings drew skepticism from school officials, who said their own statistics on college readiness look better.



Nevada County ranks among the top 10 counties in the state in offering quality elementary school education, according to the report by Children Now, an Oakland-based nonprofit group.

The county ranked third in the percentage of elementary school students meeting state targets in English language arts, the report said.




The county also ranked seventh in the percentage of elementary school students meeting state standards in Math, according to the 544-page report called the “2007 California County Data Book.”

Nevada Joint Union School district officials questioned the findings, however.

The report incorrectly stated that 22 percent of high schoolers in Nevada County met the University of California and California State University entrance requirements, according to assistant superintendent Aaron Rosander.

“This is not reflective at all of what our data shows,” Rosander said. “Traditionally, on average, 37 percent of (those who) graduated from our school district are prepared for the University of California and California State University entrance requirements.”

Insurance rankings low

The report also provided statistics on other topics such as health, income, and housing in every California county.

Nevada County ranked 32 out of 58 counties in the percentage of children with health insurance.

Cynthia Bryan, acting director and a program manager with the Nevada County Department of Social Studies, said she would “want to look at the sample (the population used in the research), what was the size (of the sample), how they gathered it, and if they took numbers from some other report.”

“We do try to do outreach for Medi-Cal and Healthy Families (health insurance programs),” Bryan said. “The public department does have a medical clinic. Our goal is to do more outreach for families who don’t have insurance.”

The report can be seen at the Children Now Web site, publications.childrennow.org/publications/invest/cdb07/databook_2007.cfm.

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To contact Staff Writer Soumitro Sen, e-mail at soumitros @theunion.com or call 477-4229.

t View the report at the Children Now Web site:

publications.childrennow.org/publications/invest/cdb07/databook_2007.cfm


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