Just days after Nevada received a failing grade on the 2016 Children's Report Card, released by the Children's Advocacy Alliance, leaders from the U.S. Department of Education are making sure progress is being made in our schools.
Last year, the governor passed several bills hoping to improve Nevada's education system. One of the bills was a preschool development program.
One of the schools to receive that funding was Mater Academy of Nevada, and they say they have already nearly doubled their preschool enrollment.
Educators say they hope this increase in young students will eventually help to improve that failing grade on student achievement, but those results could take years to take effect.
Leaders from Washington say it's important to track short-term goals until then.
"It's really important to have a long-term plan and to look at those long-term goals, but also, you have to have intermediate goals and benchmarks in place in order to make mid-course corrections," says Monique Chism, with the U.S. Department of Education.