Nevada Educational Research Symposium


  • November 2, 2013
  • Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center at UNR
    1664 N. Virginia Street
    Reno, Nevada 89557

Nevada Educational Research Symposium


Sixty-seven Nevada researchers, faculty, and graduate students from Nevada institutions of higher education; teachers, researchers, and administrators from Nevada school districts; Nevada Department of Education leadership and staff; legislative staff and others interested in education in Nevada gathered on Saturday, November 2, at the University of Nevada, Reno Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center to learn about findings from relevant education research conducted in the state, discuss application of findings to education practices and policies, and investigate opportunities for further research and practice collaboration.

Welcoming remarks were provided by Dale Erquiaga, Nevada's new State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and by Kenneth Coll, Dean of the College of Education at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Paul Houston, President of the Center for Empowered Leadership and and Executive Director, Emeritus of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), provided the keynote address, encouraging researchers to "research what ought to be, not just what is." He also noted that the things in schools that are most important and relevant to the outcomes we want in our schools are often the hardest to measure.

Research presentations were grouped thematically; topics included state-level reform, early childhood, risk indicators, college and career readiness, English language learners, and teachers and teaching. Five poster sessions during lunch gave participants an opportunity to interact with researchers:

  • Disproportionality in Referrals to Special Education within Washoe County School District
  • Prediction of the Status of Low-Income Fifth Graders by Early Indicators of Disabilities: Early Head Start Research and Evaluation Study
  • Relationship between Students' Sef-Reported Social and Emotional Skills and CRT Reading and Math Performance
  • Teach Algebraic Equations to Students with Moderate Intellectual Disabilities
  • The Likelihood of Being Qualified for College-Level Courses: What Nevada's Middle and High School Achievement Tests Suggest for Students in Washoe County School District

In the closing session, Ben Hayes, Chief Accountability Officer for the Washoe County School District, provided summary reflections and led participants in a discussion of implications and next steps.

For more information about this event or the Nevada Education Research Alliance, please contact Mary Peterson,, 775.240.2707.