[Rev. 5/24/2016 3:37:32 PM--2015]

CHAPTER 389 - ACADEMICS AND TEXTBOOKS

ACADEMIC SUBJECTS, INSTRUCTION AND COURSES OF STUDY

General Provisions

NRS 389.003           Enforcement of standards and courses of study by trustees.

NRS 389.004           Maintenance of Internet website by school districts containing information on available examinations and assessments. [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.015.]

NRS 389.006           Limitation on administration; periodic review. [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.800.]

NRS 389.007           Uniform grading scale for high schools.

NRS 389.011           Administration of examinations to pupils who are limited English proficient; State Board required to prescribe modifications and accommodations; administration in language other than English required under certain circumstances; assessment of proficiency in English language. [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.810.]

NRS 389.0115         Administration of examinations to pupils with disabilities; modifications and accommodations required for certain pupils; State Board required to prescribe alternate examination. [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.820.]

NRS 389.012           Examinations of National Assessment of Educational Progress; regulations requiring selected schools to participate; report of results; report of discrepancies. [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.830.]

NRS 389.014           Patriotic observance.

 

Development of Academic Subjects and Courses of Study

NRS 389.018           Designation of core academic subjects; minimum units of credit required in high school; exception; additional subjects to be taught. [Effective through June 30, 2020.]

NRS 389.018           Designation of core academic subjects; minimum units of credit required in high school; exception; additional subjects to be taught. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 389.0185         Establishment of courses of study; provisions governing cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator for health course in middle school, junior high school and high school. [Replaced in revision by NRS 389.021.]

NRS 389.0187         Development of model curriculum for English language arts and mathematics; distribution; authorized use by teachers and regional training programs for professional development. [Replaced in revision by NRS 389.026.]

NRS 389.019           Enforcement of standards and courses of study by trustees. [Replaced in revision by NRS 389.003.]

NRS 389.0195         Uniform grading scale for high schools. [Replaced in revision by NRS 389.007.]

NRS 389.020           Instruction in American government required; exception. [Replaced in revision by NRS 389.054.]

NRS 389.021           Establishment of courses of study; provisions governing cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator for health course in middle school, junior high school and high school.

NRS 389.026           Development of model curriculum for English language arts and mathematics; distribution; authorized use by teachers and regional training programs for professional development.

NRS 389.030           Instruction in American history required; exception. [Replaced in revision by NRS 389.057.]

NRS 389.031           Development of standards for teaching personal safety of children. [Effective July 1, 2016.]

NRS 389.035           Satisfactory completion of courses in American government and American history required for graduation; exception for certain pupils. [Replaced in revision by NRS 389.077.]

NRS 389.036           Establishment of course or unit of course of instruction concerning acquired immune deficiency syndrome, human reproductive system, related communicable diseases and sexual responsibility; appointment of advisory committee; notice to parent or guardian; consent of parent or guardian required; materials to be made available to parents or guardians of pupils.

NRS 389.040           Patriotic observance. [Replaced in revision by NRS 389.014.]

NRS 389.041           Establishment of course of study in occupational guidance and counseling.

NRS 389.046           Programs and curricula for American Indians.

 

Required Instruction

NRS 389.054           Instruction in American government; exception.

NRS 389.057           Instruction in American history; exception.

NRS 389.064           Instruction in personal safety of children; exception; report; required background checks of volunteers; acceptance of grants, gifts and donations. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 389.065           Instruction on acquired immune deficiency syndrome, human reproductive system, related communicable diseases and sexual responsibility. [Replaced in revision by NRS 389.036.]

NRS 389.074           Instruction on financial literacy.

NRS 389.077           Satisfactory completion of courses in American government and American history required for graduation; exception for certain pupils.

 

Automobile Drivers’ Education

NRS 389.090           Regulations by State Board; purposes; liability insurance required; content of courses; restrictions on age of pupils.

NRS 389.100           Legislative findings; authorization for school districts and charter schools to charge fee.

NRS 389.150           Programs and curricula for American Indians. [Replaced in revision by NRS 389.046.]

 

Credit for Certain Courses or Activities Outside of School

NRS 389.155           Program of independent study for certain pupils; regulations; requirements.

NRS 389.160           Credit toward graduation from high school for courses taken at community college or university.

NRS 389.165           Credit toward graduation from high school for certain community service projects.

NRS 389.167           Credit toward graduation from high school for completion of public or private internship; duties of school district or charter school.

NRS 389.171           Credit granted for performance on examination in lieu of course attendance.

NRS 389.180           Occupational guidance and counseling. [Replaced in revision by NRS 389.041.]

COUNCIL TO ESTABLISH ACADEMIC STANDARDS FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS

NRS 389.500           “Council” defined.

NRS 389.505           Superintendent of Public Instruction required to ensure Council carries out duties successfully.

NRS 389.510           Creation; membership; terms; compensation.

NRS 389.520           Establishment of standards; periodic review of standards; adoption of standards by State Board; establishment of policy for ethical, safe and secure use of computers.

NRS 389.530           Duty of Department to provide support; assistance from other state agencies.

NRS 389.540           Review of courses of study to determine compliance with standards.

NRS 389.550           Administration of criterion-referenced examinations. [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.105.]

NRS 389.570           Council required to review and evaluate results of examinations; report of evaluation. [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.115.]

ADMINISTRATION AND SECURITY OF EXAMINATIONS

NRS 389.600           Definitions. [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.250.]

NRS 389.604           “Irregularity in testing administration” defined. [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.255.]

NRS 389.608           “Irregularity in testing security” defined. [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.260.]

NRS 389.612           “School official” defined. [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.265.]

NRS 389.616           Adoption and enforcement of plan for test security by Department; contents of plan; annual submission of plan to State Board and Legislative Committee on Education. [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.270.]

NRS 389.620           Adoption and enforcement of plan for test security by board of trustees; contents of plan; annual submission of plan to State Board and Legislative Committee on Education; written notice concerning plan to educational personnel, pupils and parents; definitions. [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.275.]

NRS 389.624           Violation of state or district plan: Duty of Department to investigate; authority of Department to issue subpoenas; enforcement of subpoena by court. [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.280.]

NRS 389.628           Violation of district plan: Duty of board of trustees to investigate or refer to Department; authority of board of trustees to issue subpoenas; enforcement of subpoena by court. [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.285.]

NRS 389.632           Certain schools required to provide for additional administration of examinations if consecutive irregularities in testing administration occur; school district or charter school required to pay costs of additional administration; determination and notice by Department. [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.290.]

NRS 389.636           Plan for corrective action required of school or school district in response to irregularity in testing administration or security; notice by Department; establishment by Department of procedures to document corrective action; amendment of plan. [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.295.]

NRS 389.644           Establishment of program of education and training regarding administration and security of examinations and assessments; expanded program authorized; school districts and charter schools required to ensure educational personnel receive program of education and training. [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.300.]

NRS 389.648           Establishment of procedures for uniform documentation and maintenance of irregularities in testing administration and security; maintenance by Department of written summary for each irregularity; annual report by Department required. [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.305.]

GRADUATION AND DIPLOMAS

NRS 389.805           State Board required to prescribe criteria for standard high school diploma; end-of-course examinations and college and career readiness assessment; exception for certain pupils with disabilities; prohibition to issue certificate of attendance. [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.600.]

NRS 389.807           State Board required to select college and career readiness assessment for grade 11; requirement of pupil to take assessment; results not used for receipt of diploma; use of results to provide data and information for pupil. [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.610.]

NRS 389.809           Department required to develop informational pamphlet concerning end-of-course examinations and college and career readiness assessment; duties of school districts and charter schools to post pamphlet and distribute to pupils and parents. [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.620.]

NRS 389.810           Issuance of standard high school diploma to certain veterans who left high school to serve in Armed Forces. [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.630.]

TEXTBOOKS

General Provisions

NRS 389.840           Definitions.

 

Selection and Purchase of Textbooks

NRS 389.850           Final selection by State Board; exception for charter schools; accurate portrayal of cultural and racial diversity of society.

NRS 389.860           Contracts by State Board for purchase; provisions of contracts.

 

Use of Textbooks

NRS 389.870           Enforcement by board of trustees of use of prescribed textbooks; exception for charter schools.

NRS 389.880           Use of prescribed textbooks; exceptions; penalty.

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

NRS 389.900           Enforcement of contractual penalties or sanctions for failure to deliver results of examinations on timely basis. [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.840.]

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NOTE:                    Section 10.5 of chapter 463, Statutes of Nevada 2009, at p. 2616, has been codified as NRS 388F.070.

ACADEMIC SUBJECTS, INSTRUCTION AND COURSES OF STUDY

General Provisions

      NRS 389.003  Enforcement of standards and courses of study by trustees.  Except as otherwise provided in NRS 389.041, boards of trustees of school districts in this State shall enforce in schools:

      1.  The standards of content and performance established by the Council to Establish Academic Standards for Public Schools and the courses of study related to those standards; and

      2.  The courses of study prescribed and adopted by the State Board.

      [291:32:1956] — (NRS A 1979, 1598; 1991, 2088; 1999, 3258, 3388; 2001, 236) — (Substituted in revision for NRS 389.019)

      NRS 389.004  Maintenance of Internet website by school districts containing information on available examinations and assessments.  [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.015.]

 

      NRS 389.006  Limitation on administration; periodic review.  [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.800.]

 

      NRS 389.007  Uniform grading scale for high schools.

      1.  The State Board shall adopt regulations that prescribe a uniform grading scale for all public high schools, including, without limitation, a uniform grading scale for advanced placement courses and honors courses.

      2.  The board of trustees of each school district and the governing body of each charter school that operates as a high school shall comply with the uniform grading scale.

      (Added to NRS by 2007, 2179) — (Substituted in revision for NRS 389.0195)

      NRS 389.011  Administration of examinations to pupils who are limited English proficient; State Board required to prescribe modifications and accommodations; administration in language other than English required under certain circumstances; assessment of proficiency in English language.  [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.810.]

 

      NRS 389.0115  Administration of examinations to pupils with disabilities; modifications and accommodations required for certain pupils; State Board required to prescribe alternate examination.  [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.820.]

 

      NRS 389.012  Examinations of National Assessment of Educational Progress; regulations requiring selected schools to participate; report of results; report of discrepancies.  [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.830.]

 

      NRS 389.014  Patriotic observance.  Each public school shall set aside appropriate time at the beginning of each school day for pupils to pledge their allegiance to the flag of the United States. In addition, each public school may set aside appropriate time during the school day for additional patriotic observance.

      [294:32:1956] — (NRS A 1999, 125) — (Substituted in revision for NRS 389.040)

Development of Academic Subjects and Courses of Study

      NRS 389.018  Designation of core academic subjects; minimum units of credit required in high school; exception; additional subjects to be taught. [Effective through June 30, 2020.]

      1.  The following subjects are designated as the core academic subjects that must be taught, as applicable for grade levels, in all public schools, the Caliente Youth Center, the Nevada Youth Training Center and any other state facility for the detention of children that is operated pursuant to title 5 of NRS:

      (a) English language arts;

      (b) Mathematics;

      (c) Science; and

      (d) Social studies, which includes only the subjects of history, geography, economics and government.

      2.  Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, a pupil enrolled in a public high school must enroll in a minimum of:

      (a) Four units of credit in English language arts;

      (b) Four units of credit in mathematics, including, without limitation, Algebra I and geometry, or an equivalent course of study that integrates Algebra I and geometry;

      (c) Three units of credit in science, including two laboratory courses; and

      (d) Three units of credit in social studies, including, without limitation:

             (1) American government;

             (2) American history; and

             (3) World history or geography.

Ê A pupil is not required to enroll in the courses of study and credits required by this subsection if the pupil, the parent or legal guardian of the pupil and an administrator or a counselor at the school in which the pupil is enrolled mutually agree to a modified course of study for the pupil and that modified course of study satisfies at least the requirements for a standard high school diploma or an adjusted diploma, as applicable.

      3.  Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, in addition to the core academic subjects, the following subjects must be taught as applicable for grade levels and to the extent practicable in all public schools, the Caliente Youth Center, the Nevada Youth Training Center and any other state facility for the detention of children that is operated pursuant to title 5 of NRS:

      (a) The arts;

      (b) Computer education and technology;

      (c) Health; and

      (d) Physical education.

Ê If the State Board requires the completion of course work in a subject area set forth in this subsection for graduation from high school or promotion to the next grade, a public school shall offer the required course work. Except as otherwise provided for a course of study in health prescribed by subsection 1 of NRS 389.021, unless a subject is required for graduation from high school or promotion to the next grade, a charter school is not required to comply with this subsection.

      (Added to NRS by 1999, 3257; A 2003, 1143; 2007, 1962; 2013, 2261; 2015, 2095)

      NRS 389.018  Designation of core academic subjects; minimum units of credit required in high school; exception; additional subjects to be taught. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

      1.  The following subjects are designated as the core academic subjects that must be taught, as applicable for grade levels, in all public schools, the Caliente Youth Center, the Nevada Youth Training Center and any other state facility for the detention of children that is operated pursuant to title 5 of NRS:

      (a) English language arts;

      (b) Mathematics;

      (c) Science; and

      (d) Social studies, which includes only the subjects of history, geography, economics and government.

      2.  Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, a pupil enrolled in a public high school must enroll in a minimum of:

      (a) Four units of credit in English language arts;

      (b) Four units of credit in mathematics, including, without limitation, Algebra I and geometry, or an equivalent course of study that integrates Algebra I and geometry;

      (c) Three units of credit in science, including two laboratory courses; and

      (d) Three units of credit in social studies, including, without limitation:

             (1) American government;

             (2) American history; and

             (3) World history or geography.

Ê A pupil is not required to enroll in the courses of study and credits required by this subsection if the pupil, the parent or legal guardian of the pupil and an administrator or a counselor at the school in which the pupil is enrolled mutually agree to a modified course of study for the pupil and that modified course of study satisfies at least the requirements for a standard high school diploma or an adjusted diploma, as applicable.

      3.  Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, in addition to the core academic subjects, the following subjects must be taught as applicable for grade levels and to the extent practicable in all public schools, the Caliente Youth Center, the Nevada Youth Training Center and any other state facility for the detention of children that is operated pursuant to title 5 of NRS:

      (a) The arts;

      (b) Computer education and technology;

      (c) Health; and

      (d) Physical education.

Ê If the State Board requires the completion of course work in a subject area set forth in this subsection for graduation from high school or promotion to the next grade, a public school shall offer the required course work. Except as otherwise provided for a course of study in health prescribed by subsection 1 of NRS 389.021 and the instruction prescribed by subsection 1 of NRS 389.064, unless a subject is required for graduation from high school or promotion to the next grade, a charter school is not required to comply with this subsection.

      (Added to NRS by 1999, 3257; A 2003, 1143; 2007, 1962; 2013, 2261; 2015, 1330, 2095, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 389.0185  Establishment of courses of study; provisions governing cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator for health course in middle school, junior high school and high school.  [Replaced in revision by NRS 389.021.]

 

      NRS 389.0187  Development of model curriculum for English language arts and mathematics; distribution; authorized use by teachers and regional training programs for professional development.  [Replaced in revision by NRS 389.026.]

 

      NRS 389.019  Enforcement of standards and courses of study by trustees.  [Replaced in revision by NRS 389.003.]

 

      NRS 389.0195  Uniform grading scale for high schools.  [Replaced in revision by NRS 389.007.]

 

      NRS 389.020  Instruction in American government required; exception.  [Replaced in revision by NRS 389.054.]

 

      NRS 389.021  Establishment of courses of study; provisions governing cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator for health course in middle school, junior high school and high school.

      1.  The State Board shall adopt regulations establishing courses of study and the grade levels for which the courses of study apply for:

      (a) The academic subjects set forth in NRS 389.018. A course of study in health prescribed pursuant to paragraph (c) of subsection 3 of NRS 389.018 must, to the extent money is available for this purpose, for pupils enrolled in middle school, junior high school or high school, including, without limitation, pupils enrolled in those grade levels at a charter school, include instruction in:

            (1) The administration of hands-only or compression-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation, including a psychomotor skill-based component, according to the guidelines of the American Red Cross or American Heart Association; and

             (2) The use of an automated external defibrillator.

      (b) Citizenship and physical training for pupils enrolled in high school.

      (c) Physiology, hygiene and, except as otherwise prescribed by paragraph (a), cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

      (d) The prevention of suicide.

      (e) Instruction relating to child abuse.

      (f) The economics of the American system of free enterprise.

      (g) American Sign Language.

      (h) Environmental education.

      (i) Adult roles and responsibilities.

Ê A course of study established for paragraph (a) may include one or more of the subjects listed in paragraphs (b) to (i), inclusive.

      2.  If a course of study in health in middle school, junior high school or high school includes instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator:

      (a) A teacher who provides the instruction is not required to hold certification in the administration of cardiopulmonary resuscitation unless required by the board of trustees of the school district pursuant to NRS 391.092 or by the governing body of the charter school.

      (b) The board of trustees of the school district or the governing body of the charter school may collaborate with entities to assist in the provision of the instruction and the provision of equipment necessary for the instruction, including, without limitation, fire departments, hospitals, colleges and universities and public health agencies.

      (c) A pupil who is enrolled in a course of study in health through a program of distance education or a pupil with a disability who cannot perform the tasks included in the instruction is not required to complete the instruction to pass the course of study in health.

      (Added to NRS by 1999, 3258; A 2013, 2262) — (Substituted in revision for NRS 389.0185)

      NRS 389.026  Development of model curriculum for English language arts and mathematics; distribution; authorized use by teachers and regional training programs for professional development.

      1.  The State Board shall develop a model curriculum for the subject areas of English language arts and mathematics for each grade level in kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive.

      2.  The Department shall provide each model curriculum developed pursuant to subsection 1 to:

      (a) The board of trustees of each school district; and

      (b) The governing body of each regional training program for the professional development of teachers and administrators.

      3.  The Department shall provide to the governing body of each charter school the model curriculum developed pursuant to subsection 1 for the grade levels taught at the charter school.

      4.  The board of trustees of each school district shall make available to each public school within the school district the model curriculum for the grade levels taught at the public school.

      5.  The model curriculum may be used as a guide by teachers and administrators in developing class lesson plans to ensure compliance with the academic standards adopted for English language arts and mathematics.

      6.  The governing body of each regional training program for the professional development of teachers and administrators may use the model curriculum in the provision of training to teachers and administrators to ensure compliance with the academic standards adopted for English language arts and mathematics.

      (Added to NRS by 2011, 477) — (Substituted in revision for NRS 389.0187)

      NRS 389.030  Instruction in American history required; exception.  [Replaced in revision by NRS 389.057.]

 

      NRS 389.031  Development of standards for teaching personal safety of children. [Effective July 1, 2016.]

      1.  The Department, in consultation with persons and organizations who possess knowledge and expertise in the teaching of personal safety of children, shall develop:

      (a) Age-appropriate curriculum standards based on best practices for teaching the personal safety of children to pupils in kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive.

      (b) Recommendations to assist a school district or charter school in developing:

             (1) A training plan to ensure that at least one employee at each school, as designated by the principal, receives training on the personal safety of children;

             (2) Educational materials and information to be distributed to parents, guardians or other caretakers of pupils regarding the personal safety of children and how and when to teach and reinforce concepts and skills of the personal safety of children; and

             (3) Policies and procedures for the referral of a child who has reported or experienced an incident that did or could have threatened his or her personal safety, and his or her family or guardian, if appropriate, to various services, including, without limitation, counseling or any other available services or resources.

      (c) Recommendations of existing research-based programs and curriculum samples to be considered for implementation.

      2.  The Department will review the standards and recommendations developed pursuant to subsection 1 on an annual basis to ensure that those standards and recommendations contain current information.

      3.  The Department may apply for and accept grants, gifts, donations, bequests or devises from any public or private source to carry out the provisions of this section.

      4.  As used in this section, “personal safety of children” means an age-appropriate recognition of various hazards and dangers that are particular to children, including, without limitation, the danger associated with unsafe persons, both known and unknown to the child, abuse, becoming lost or separated from a parent or guardian, and an awareness of age-appropriate steps a child may take to avoid, lessen or alleviate those hazards and dangers, including, without limitation, reporting threats of harm to a responsible adult.

      (Added to NRS by 2015, 1327, effective July 1, 2016)

      NRS 389.035  Satisfactory completion of courses in American government and American history required for graduation; exception for certain pupils.  [Replaced in revision by NRS 389.077.]

 

      NRS 389.036  Establishment of course or unit of course of instruction concerning acquired immune deficiency syndrome, human reproductive system, related communicable diseases and sexual responsibility; appointment of advisory committee; notice to parent or guardian; consent of parent or guardian required; materials to be made available to parents or guardians of pupils.

      1.  The board of trustees of a school district shall establish a course or unit of a course of:

      (a) Factual instruction concerning acquired immune deficiency syndrome; and

      (b) Instruction on the human reproductive system, related communicable diseases and sexual responsibility.

      2.  Each board of trustees shall appoint an advisory committee consisting of:

      (a) Five parents of children who attend schools in the district; and

      (b) Four representatives, one from each of four of the following professions or occupations:

             (1) Medicine or nursing;

             (2) Counseling;

             (3) Religion;

             (4) Pupils who attend schools in the district; or

             (5) Teaching.

Ê This committee shall advise the district concerning the content of and materials to be used in a course of instruction established pursuant to this section, and the recommended ages of the pupils to whom the course is offered. The final decision on these matters must be that of the board of trustees.

      3.  The subjects of the courses may be taught only by a teacher or school nurse whose qualifications have been previously approved by the board of trustees.

      4.  The parent or guardian of each pupil to whom a course is offered must first be furnished written notice that the course will be offered. The notice must be given in the usual manner used by the local district to transmit written material to parents, and must contain a form for the signature of the parent or guardian of the pupil consenting to the pupil’s attendance. Upon receipt of the written consent of the parent or guardian, the pupil may attend the course. If the written consent of the parent or guardian is not received, the pupil must be excused from such attendance without any penalty as to credits or academic standing. Any course offered pursuant to this section is not a requirement for graduation.

      5.  All instructional materials to be used in a course must be available for inspection by parents or guardians of pupils at reasonable times and locations before the course is taught, and appropriate written notice of the availability of the material must be furnished to all parents and guardians.

      (Added to NRS by 1979, 836; A 1987, 1734) — (Substituted in revision for NRS 389.065)

      NRS 389.040  Patriotic observance.  [Replaced in revision by NRS 389.014.]

 

      NRS 389.041  Establishment of course of study in occupational guidance and counseling.

      1.  The State Board shall, by regulation, establish a course of study in occupational guidance and counseling.

      2.  The board of trustees of each school district shall establish the curriculum for the course of study in that district. The curriculum must be organized and, with the assistance of teachers, administrators, pupils, parents and the business community, coordinated by licensed school counselors who shall provide instruction and activities designed to:

      (a) Promote normal growth and development.

      (b) Promote positive mental and physical health.

      (c) Provide each pupil with knowledge and skills which permit the pupil to control his or her own destiny.

      (d) Assist each pupil to plan, monitor and manage the pupil’s personal, educational and occupational development.

      (e) Meet the immediate needs and concerns of each pupil, whether the pupil’s needs or concerns require counseling, consultation, referral or information.

      (f) Provide counselors, teachers and support staff with the knowledge and skills required to maintain and improve the course.

      (g) Provide such other related assistance and instruction as is deemed necessary.

      3.  The instruction required by this section must be made available for each pupil in grades 7 to 12, inclusive.

      4.  The board of trustees in each school district shall organize and offer the curriculum within the limits of money made available to the district by the Legislature for that purpose.

      (Added to NRS by 1991, 2087) — (Substituted in revision for NRS 389.180)

      NRS 389.046  Programs and curricula for American Indians.  The Superintendent of Public Instruction, working with the American Indian tribes, shall establish programs and curricula designed to meet the special educational needs of American Indians in this state.

      (Added to NRS by 1979, 192) — (Substituted in revision for NRS 389.150)

Required Instruction

      NRS 389.054  Instruction in American government; exception.

      1.  In all public schools, the Caliente Youth Center, the Nevada Youth Training Center and any other state facility for the detention of children that is operated pursuant to title 5 of NRS, instruction must be given in American government, including, without limitation, instruction on:

      (a) The essentials of:

             (1) The Constitution of the United States, including, without limitation, the Bill of Rights;

             (2) The Constitution of the State of Nevada; and

             (3) The Declaration of Independence;

      (b) The origin and history of the Constitutions;

      (c) The study of and devotion to American institutions and ideals; and

      (d) Civics.

      2.  Except as otherwise provided in NRS 388C.120, the instruction required in subsection 1 must be given during at least 1 year of the elementary school grades and for a period of at least 1 year in all high schools.

      [292:32:1956] — (NRS A 1961, 383, 628; 1973, 1547; 1979, 1598; 1989, 1960; 2001, 1491; 2003, 1144; 2005, 2429; 2013, 287) — (Substituted in revision for NRS 389.020)

      NRS 389.057  Instruction in American history; exception.  Except as otherwise provided in NRS 388C.120, American history, including, without limitation, the history of the:

      1.  Constitution of the United States, including, without limitation, the Bill of Rights;

      2.  State of Nevada, including, without limitation, the Constitution of the State of Nevada; and

      3.  Declaration of Independence,

Ê must be taught in all of the public schools in the State of Nevada for a period of at least 1 year.

      [293:32:1956] — (NRS A 1973, 1547; 1979, 1598; 2001, 1491; 2005, 2429) — (Substituted in revision for NRS 389.030)

      NRS 389.064  Instruction in personal safety of children; exception; report; required background checks of volunteers; acceptance of grants, gifts and donations. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

      1.  The board of trustees of each school district and the governing body of each charter school shall ensure that instruction in the personal safety of children, based on the standards developed by the Department pursuant to NRS 389.031, be implemented as part of a course of study in health prescribed pursuant to paragraph (c) of subsection 3 of NRS 389.018.

      2.  The school district and the charter school, in accordance with the recommendations provided by the Department pursuant to subsection 1 of NRS 389.031, shall determine, for the instruction required by subsection 1:

      (a) The content of and materials to be used to provide the instruction; and

      (b) The grade levels in which the instruction will be provided.

      3.  A person who provides the instruction required by subsection 1 must be:

      (a) A licensed teacher;

      (b) An employee of the school district with special knowledge or training in the teaching of the personal safety of children;

      (c) An employee of an agency which has as its primary purpose the teaching of the personal safety of children;

      (d) An employee of a law enforcement agency; or

      (e) A volunteer of an agency which has as its primary purpose the teaching of the personal safety of children and who meets the requirements of subsection 8.

      4.  The school district and the charter school shall develop a procedure for the notification of the parent or guardian of each pupil to whom the instruction required by subsection 1 is to be provided. The procedure must inform the parent or guardian that:

      (a) The parent or guardian may submit a written request that the pupil be excused from some or all of the instruction, except when the instruction is included in a course which is required for graduation; and

      (b) All instructional materials to be used in the instruction required by subsection 1 are available for inspection by the parent or guardian at reasonable times and locations before the instruction is provided.

      5.  A pupil whose parent or guardian submits a written request pursuant to paragraph (a) of subsection 4 must be excused from such instruction without any penalty as to credits or academic standing.

      6.  The school district and the charter school shall consider the recommendations developed by the Department pursuant to paragraph (b) of subsection 1 of NRS 389.031 and, to the extent money is available for this purpose, develop and implement:

      (a) A training plan to ensure that all school employees receive training as to the teaching of the personal safety of children;

      (b) Educational materials and information to be distributed to parents, guardians or other caretakers of pupils regarding the teaching of the personal safety of children; and

      (c) Policies and procedures for the referral of a child who has reported or experienced an incident that did or could have threatened his or her personal safety, and his or her family or guardian, if appropriate, to various services, including, without limitation, counseling or any other available services or resources.

      7.  On or before August 1 of each year, each board of trustees and each governing body shall report to the Department for the preceding year:

      (a) The grade levels in which the instruction required by subsection 1 was conducted;

      (b) The curriculum content and materials distributed and utilized for the instruction required by subsection 1;

      (c) The person, persons or agency utilized to provide the instruction required by subsection 1; and

      (d) The number of reports or disclosures by pupils of incidents that did or could have threatened their personal safety during the preceding school year.

      8.  An agency which has as its primary purpose the teaching of the personal safety of children, before allowing any volunteer of the agency to provide instruction pursuant to paragraph (e) of subsection 3, must ensure that the volunteer has successfully completed:

      (a) A national background check, which must include, without limitation, a report of the criminal history of the volunteer from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Repository for Nevada Records of Criminal History;

      (b) A child abuse and neglect screening through the Statewide Central Registry for the Collection of Information Concerning the Abuse or Neglect of a Child established pursuant to NRS 432.100; and

      (c) Adequate and appropriate training specific to providing instruction regarding the personal safety of children.

      9.  An agency which has as its primary purpose the teaching of the personal safety of children shall, upon request from a school district or charter school and to the extent allowed by federal law, make available to the school district or charter school documentation of the agency’s conclusions regarding a volunteer’s successful completion of the requirements of subsection 8.

      10.  A board of trustees of a school district and a governing body of a charter school may apply for and accept grants, gifts, donations, bequests or devises from any public or private source to carry out the provisions of this section.

      11.  As used in this section, “personal safety of children” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 389.031.

      (Added to NRS by 2015, 1328, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 389.065  Instruction on acquired immune deficiency syndrome, human reproductive system, related communicable diseases and sexual responsibility.  [Replaced in revision by NRS 389.036.]

 

      NRS 389.074  Instruction on financial literacy.

      1.  The board of trustees of each school district and the governing body of each charter school that operates as a high school shall ensure that instruction on financial literacy is provided to pupils enrolled in each public high school within the school district or in the charter school, as applicable. The instruction must include, without limitation:

      (a) The skills necessary to develop financial responsibility, including, without limitation:

             (1) Making reasonable financial decisions by analyzing the alternatives and consequences of those financial decisions;

             (2) Locating and evaluating financial information from various sources;

             (3) Developing communication strategies to discuss financial issues;

             (4) Controlling personal information; and

             (5) Reviewing and summarizing federal and state consumer protection laws.

      (b) The skills necessary to manage finances, including, without limitation:

             (1) Developing a plan for spending and saving;

             (2) Developing a system for keeping and using financial records; and

             (3) Developing a personal financial plan.

      (c) The skills necessary to understand the use of credit and the incurrence of debt, including, without limitation:

             (1) Identifying the costs and benefits of various types of credit;

             (2) Explaining the purpose of a credit report, including, without limitation, the manner in which a credit report is used by lenders;

             (3) Describing the rights of a borrower regarding his or her credit report;

             (4) Identifying methods to avoid and resolve debt problems; and

             (5) Reviewing and summarizing federal and state consumer credit protection laws.

      (d) The skills necessary to understand the basic principles of saving and investing, including, without limitation:

             (1) Understanding how saving and investing contribute to financial well-being;

             (2) Understanding the methods of investing and alternatives to investing;

             (3) Understanding how to buy and sell investments; and

             (4) Understanding how the regulation of financial institutions protects investors.

      2.  The instruction required by subsection 1 may be included within a course or program of instruction that pupils enrolled in high school are otherwise required to complete for graduation.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 1120)

      NRS 389.077  Satisfactory completion of courses in American government and American history required for graduation; exception for certain pupils.

      1.  Except as otherwise provided in subsections 2 and 3, no pupil in any public high school, the Caliente Youth Center, the Nevada Youth Training Center or any other state facility for the detention of children that is operated pursuant to title 5 of NRS may receive a certificate or diploma of graduation without having passed a course in American government and American history as required by NRS 389.054 and 389.057.

      2.  A pupil who is enrolled in a university school for profoundly gifted pupils who meets the requirements of NRS 388C.120 is exempt from the provisions of subsection 1.

      3.  A pupil who transfers during grade 12 to a school in this State from a school outside this State because of the military transfer of the parent or legal guardian of the pupil may receive a waiver from the requirements of subsection 1 if, in accordance with the provisions of NRS 388F.010, the pupil:

      (a) Successfully completed a comparable course in the school in which the pupil was previously enrolled; or

      (b) Successfully completes an alternative means prescribed by the school district for acquiring the required course work.

      (Added to NRS by 1973, 1547; A 1979, 1598; 1989, 1960; 2003, 1144; 2005, 2429; 2009, 2619) — (Substituted in revision for NRS 389.035)

Automobile Drivers’ Education

      NRS 389.090  Regulations by State Board; purposes; liability insurance required; content of courses; restrictions on age of pupils.

      1.  The State Board shall adopt regulations governing the establishment, conduct and scope of automobile drivers’ education in the public schools of this State. The regulations must set forth, without limitation:

      (a) The number of hours of training that must be completed by a pupil who enrolls in a course in automobile drivers’ education;

      (b) That a course in automobile drivers’ education:

             (1) Must include a component of training conducted in a classroom; and

             (2) May, in addition to the component of training conducted in a classroom, include a component of training conducted in a motor vehicle; and

      (c) That if a course in automobile drivers’ education includes components of training conducted both in a classroom and in a motor vehicle:

             (1) One hour of training in a motor vehicle is equivalent to 3 hours of training in a classroom; and

             (2) Not more than one-half of the required number of hours of training described in paragraph (a) may be training in a motor vehicle.

      2.  The aims and purposes of automobile drivers’ education are to develop the knowledge, attitudes, habits and skills necessary for the safe operation of motor vehicles.

      3.  The board of trustees of a school district may establish and maintain courses in automobile drivers’ education during regular semesters and summer sessions and during the regular school day and at times other than during the regular school day for:

      (a) Pupils enrolled in the regular full-time day high schools in the school district.

      (b) Pupils enrolled in summer classes conducted in high schools in the school district.

Ê A board of trustees maintaining courses in automobile drivers’ education shall insure against any liability arising out of the use of motor vehicles in connection with those courses. The cost of the insurance must be paid from available money of the school district.

      4.  A governing body of a charter school may establish and maintain courses in automobile drivers’ education if the governing body insures against any liability arising out of the use of motor vehicles in connection with those courses.

      5.  Automobile drivers’ education must be provided by boards of trustees of school districts and governing bodies of charter schools in accordance with the regulations of the State Board and may not be duplicated by any other agency, department, commission or officer of the State of Nevada.

      6.  Each course in automobile drivers’ education provided by a board of trustees of a school district or a governing body of a charter school must include, without limitation, instruction in:

      (a) Motor vehicle insurance.

      (b) The effect of drugs and alcohol on an operator of a motor vehicle.

      7.  Each course in automobile drivers’ education provided by a board of trustees of a school district or a governing body of a charter school must be restricted to pupils who are at least 15 years of age.

      [299:32:1956] — (NRS A 1965, 761; 1979, 1598; 1995, 1747; 1997, 1524, 1870; 1999, 458; 2001, 1503; 2001 Special Session, 269; 2003, 320; 2005, 2310)

      NRS 389.100  Legislative findings; authorization for school districts and charter schools to charge fee.

      1.  The Legislature finds as facts:

      (a) That the successful completion of an approved automobile drivers’ education course by a pupil offers a direct financial benefit to the pupil’s parents or other responsible adult through the reduction of insurance premiums.

      (b) That the imposition of a laboratory fee as a prerequisite to an elective course in driver education does not violate the requirements of Article 11 of the Constitution of the State of Nevada.

      2.  The board of trustees of any school district and the governing body of any charter school may establish a laboratory fee to be charged each pupil enrolling for an automobile drivers’ education course which must not exceed the actual cost per pupil of providing the laboratory portion of the course.

      (Added to NRS by 1965, 762; A 1969, 282; 1973, 266; 1979, 1599; 1981, 1542; 1997, 1870)

      NRS 389.150  Programs and curricula for American Indians.  [Replaced in revision by NRS 389.046.]

 

Credit for Certain Courses or Activities Outside of School

      NRS 389.155  Program of independent study for certain pupils; regulations; requirements.

      1.  The State Board shall, by regulation, establish a program pursuant to which a pupil:

      (a) Enrolled full-time in public school;

      (b) Enrolled in an alternative program pursuant to NRS 388.537;

      (c) Enrolled in a program designed to meet the requirements for an adult standard diploma; or

      (d) Except as otherwise provided in subsection 4, who has been suspended or expelled from a public school,

Ê may complete any required or elective course by independent study outside of the normal classroom setting. A program of independent study provided pursuant to this section may be offered through a program of distance education pursuant to NRS 388.820 to 388.874, inclusive.

      2.  The regulations must:

      (a) Require that:

             (1) The teacher of the course assign to the pupil the work assignments necessary to complete the course; and

             (2) For each course in which the pupil is enrolled, the pupil and the teacher of the course meet or otherwise communicate with each other at least once each week for the duration of the course to discuss the pupil’s progress; or

      (b) Require that the program of independent study satisfies the requirements of a plan to operate an alternative program of education submitted by the school district and approved pursuant to NRS 388.537.

      3.  The board of trustees of a school district may, in accordance with the regulations adopted pursuant to subsections 1 and 2, provide for independent study by the pupils described in subsection 1.

      4.  A program of independent study offered pursuant to this section must not allow a pupil who has been suspended or expelled from a public school to attend that public school during the period of his or her suspension or expulsion.

      (Added to NRS by 1997, 1839; A 2001, 3159; 2005, 1539; 2007, 1996)

      NRS 389.160  Credit toward graduation from high school for courses taken at community college or university.

      1.  A pupil enrolled in high school, including, without limitation, a pupil enrolled in grade 9, 10, 11 or 12 in a charter school or a pupil enrolled in a program designed to meet the requirements of an adult standard diploma, who successfully completes a course of education offered by a community college or university in this State which has been approved pursuant to subsection 2, must be allowed to apply the credit received for the course so completed to the total number of credits required for graduation from the high school or the charter school in which the pupil is enrolled or the credits required for receipt of an adult standard diploma, as applicable.

      2.  With the approval of the State Board, the board of trustees of each county school district and the governing body of each charter school shall prescribe the courses for which credits may be received pursuant to subsection 1, including occupational courses for academic credit, and the amount of credit allowed for the completion of those courses.

      (Added to NRS by 1989, 1089; A 1991, 1700; 1993, 103; 1999, 3313; 2007, 1997)

      NRS 389.165  Credit toward graduation from high school for certain community service projects.

      1.  A pupil enrolled in high school who successfully completes a community service project which has been approved pursuant to this section must be allowed to apply not more than one credit received for the completion of the project toward the total number of credits required for graduation from high school. The credit must be applied toward the pupil’s elective course credits and not toward a course that is required for graduation from high school. A pupil may not receive credit for the completion of a community service project if the project duplicates a course of study in which the pupil has received instruction.

      2.  With the approval of the State Board, the board of trustees of each school district shall prescribe for the district the:

      (a) Community service projects for which credit will be granted;

      (b) Amount of credit which will be granted upon completion of each project;

      (c) Rules regarding how a pupil may apply for such credit upon completion of a community service project; and

      (d) Procedures for obtaining the consent of a parent or legal guardian of a pupil before the pupil may participate in a community service project for which credit will be granted.

      (Added to NRS by 1995, 1015)

      NRS 389.167  Credit toward graduation from high school for completion of public or private internship; duties of school district or charter school.

      1.  A pupil enrolled in grade 11 or 12 at a public school who is at least 16 years of age must be allowed to apply not more than one credit toward the total number of credits required for graduation from high school if the pupil successfully completes a public or private internship which has been approved pursuant to subsection 2 and which is of a duration of not less than 60 hours in a school year. The credit must be applied toward the pupil’s elective course credits and not toward a course that is required for graduation from high school.

      2.  If the board of trustees of a school district or the governing body of a charter school obtains the approval of the State Board, the board of trustees or the governing body may authorize pupils enrolled in the school district or charter school who satisfy the qualifications prescribed pursuant to subparagraph (2) of paragraph (a) to participate in a public or private internship for the purpose of obtaining credit pursuant to subsection 1. If a board of trustees or governing body of a charter school authorizes the participation in a public or private internship, the board of trustees or governing body shall:

      (a) Prescribe:

             (1) The fields, trades or occupations in which a pupil may complete a public or private internship, including, without limitation, agriculture, medical and health sciences, manufacturing and construction;

             (2) The qualifications of a pupil for participation in a public or private internship;

             (3) The manner in which a qualified pupil must apply for participation in a public or private internship; and

             (4) The manner for verifying that a pupil has completed the requisite number of hours to qualify for credit; and

      (b) Establish and maintain a nonexclusive list of participating businesses, agencies and organizations which offer the employment and supervision of pupils for the purposes of obtaining academic credit in a public or private internship pursuant to this section.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 1006)

      NRS 389.171  Credit granted for performance on examination in lieu of course attendance.

      1.  A pupil may be granted credit for a specific course of study without having attended the regularly scheduled classes in the course if the pupil demonstrates his or her proficiency to meet the:

      (a) Objectives of the course through the pupil’s performance on an examination prescribed by the State Board;

      (b) Objectives of a particular area or areas of the course in which the pupil is deficient through the pupil’s performance on an examination developed by the principal and the pupil’s teacher who provides instruction in the course that is designed to measure the proficiency of the pupil in that particular area or areas; or

      (c) Objectives of the course through the pupil’s performance on an examination that the principal determines is as rigorous or more rigorous than the examination prescribed by the State Board pursuant to paragraph (a), including, without limitation, an advanced placement examination in the subject area of the course.

      2.  The State Board shall adopt regulations that prescribe the:

      (a) Form on which a pupil may apply to the board of trustees of a school district in which the pupil attends school to be granted credit pursuant to subsection 1;

      (b) Courses of study for which pupils may be granted credit pursuant to subsection 1; and

      (c) Minimum score on the examination prescribed pursuant to paragraph (a) of subsection 1 that is required to demonstrate proficiency in a course.

      (Added to NRS by 2007, 1077; A 2011, 594)

      NRS 389.180  Occupational guidance and counseling.  [Replaced in revision by NRS 389.041.]

 

COUNCIL TO ESTABLISH ACADEMIC STANDARDS FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS

      NRS 389.500  “Council” defined.  As used in NRS 389.500 to 389.540, inclusive, “Council” means the Council to Establish Academic Standards for Public Schools.

      (Added to NRS by 1999, 3384; A 2011, 2309)

      NRS 389.505  Superintendent of Public Instruction required to ensure Council carries out duties successfully.  The Superintendent of Public Instruction is responsible for ensuring that the duties and responsibilities of the Council set forth in NRS 389.500 to 389.540, inclusive, 390.105 and 390.115 are carried out by the Council successfully.

      (Added to NRS by 2011, 2309)

      NRS 389.510  Creation; membership; terms; compensation.

      1.  The Council to Establish Academic Standards for Public Schools, consisting of eight members, is hereby created. The membership of the Council consists of:

      (a) Four members appointed by the Governor in accordance with subsection 2;

      (b) Two members appointed by the Majority Leader of the Senate in accordance with subsection 3; and

      (c) Two members appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly in accordance with subsection 3.

      2.  The Governor shall ensure that:

      (a) Two of the members appointed by the Governor to the Council are parents or legal guardians of pupils who attend public schools. These members must not otherwise be affiliated with the public school system of this State.

      (b) Two of the members appointed by the Governor to the Council are licensed educational personnel.

      (c) Insofar as practicable, the members appointed by the Governor to the Council reflect the ethnic and geographical diversity of this State.

      3.  The Majority Leader of the Senate and the Speaker of the Assembly shall each ensure that:

      (a) One of the members whom he or she appoints to the Council is a member of the House of the Legislature to which he or she belongs.

      (b) The other member whom he or she appoints to the Council is a representative of a private business or industry that may be affected by actions taken by the Council.

      4.  Each member of the Council must be a resident of this State.

      5.  After the initial terms, the term of each member of the Council is 4 years. The person who appoints a member to the Council may remove that member if the member neglects his or her duty or commits malfeasance in office, or for other just cause. A vacancy in the membership of the Council must be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term in the same manner as the original appointment. A member shall continue to serve on the Council until his or her successor is appointed.

      6.  The Governor shall select a Chair from among the membership of the Council in accordance with this subsection. The Governor shall not select as Chair a member of the Council who is affiliated with the public school system in this State, except that this subsection does not preclude the Governor from selecting a parent or legal guardian of a pupil as Chair if the parent or legal guardian is not otherwise affiliated with the public school system in this State. Once selected by the Governor, the Chair holds that office for 2 years.

      7.  For each day or portion of a day during which a member of the Council who is a Legislator attends a meeting of the Council or is otherwise engaged in the work of the Council, except during a regular or special session of the Legislature, the Legislator is entitled to receive the:

      (a) Compensation provided for a majority of the members of the Legislature during the first 60 days of the preceding session;

      (b) Per diem allowance provided for state officers and employees generally; and

      (c) Travel expenses provided pursuant to NRS 218A.655.

Ê The compensation, per diem allowances and travel expenses of the legislative members of the Council must be paid from the Legislative Fund.

      8.  Members of the Council who are not Legislators serve without salary, but are entitled to receive the per diem allowance and travel expenses provided for state officers and employees generally.

      (Added to NRS by 1999, 3384; A 2003, 815)

      NRS 389.520  Establishment of standards; periodic review of standards; adoption of standards by State Board; establishment of policy for ethical, safe and secure use of computers.

      1.  The Council shall:

      (a) Establish standards of content and performance, including, without limitation, a prescription of the resulting level of achievement, for the grade levels set forth in subsection 4, based upon the content of each course, that is expected of pupils for the following courses of study:

             (1) English language arts;

             (2) Mathematics;

             (3) Science;

             (4) Social studies, which includes only the subjects of history, geography, economics and government;

             (5) The arts;

             (6) Computer education and technology;

             (7) Health;

             (8) Physical education; and

             (9) A foreign or world language.

      (b) Establish a schedule for the periodic review and, if necessary, revision of the standards of content and performance. The review must include, without limitation, the review required pursuant to NRS 390.115 of the results of pupils on the examinations administered pursuant to NRS 390.105.

      (c) Assign priorities to the standards of content and performance relative to importance and degree of emphasis and revise the standards, if necessary, based upon the priorities.

      2.  The standards for computer education and technology must include a policy for the ethical, safe and secure use of computers and other electronic devices. The policy must include, without limitation:

      (a) The ethical use of computers and other electronic devices, including, without limitation:

             (1) Rules of conduct for the acceptable use of the Internet and other electronic devices; and

             (2) Methods to ensure the prevention of:

                   (I) Cyber-bullying;

                   (II) Plagiarism; and

                   (III) The theft of information or data in an electronic form;

      (b) The safe use of computers and other electronic devices, including, without limitation, methods to:

             (1) Avoid cyber-bullying and other unwanted electronic communication, including, without limitation, communication with on-line predators;

             (2) Recognize when an on-line electronic communication is dangerous or potentially dangerous; and

             (3) Report a dangerous or potentially dangerous on-line electronic communication to the appropriate school personnel;

      (c) The secure use of computers and other electronic devices, including, without limitation:

             (1) Methods to maintain the security of personal identifying information and financial information, including, without limitation, identifying unsolicited electronic communication which is sent for the purpose of obtaining such personal and financial information for an unlawful purpose;

             (2) The necessity for secure passwords or other unique identifiers;

             (3) The effects of a computer contaminant;

             (4) Methods to identify unsolicited commercial material; and

             (5) The dangers associated with social networking Internet sites; and

      (d) A designation of the level of detail of instruction as appropriate for the grade level of pupils who receive the instruction.

      3.  The standards for social studies must include multicultural education, including, without limitation, information relating to contributions made by men and women from various racial and ethnic backgrounds. The Council shall consult with members of the community who represent the racial and ethnic diversity of this State in developing such standards.

      4.  The Council shall establish standards of content and performance for each grade level in kindergarten and grades 1 to 8, inclusive, for English language arts and mathematics. The Council shall establish standards of content and performance for the grade levels selected by the Council for the other courses of study prescribed in subsection 1.

      5.  The Council shall forward to the State Board the standards of content and performance established by the Council for each course of study. The State Board shall:

      (a) Adopt the standards for each course of study, as submitted by the Council; or

      (b) If the State Board objects to the standards for a course of study or a particular grade level for a course of study, return those standards to the Council with a written explanation setting forth the reason for the objection.

      6.  If the State Board returns to the Council the standards of content and performance for a course of study or a grade level, the Council shall:

      (a) Consider the objection provided by the State Board and determine whether to revise the standards based upon the objection; and

      (b) Return the standards or the revised standards, as applicable, to the State Board.

Ê The State Board shall adopt the standards of content and performance or the revised standards, as applicable.

      7.  The Council shall work in cooperation with the State Board to prescribe the examinations required by NRS 390.105.

      8.  As used in this section:

      (a) “Computer contaminant” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 205.4737.

      (b) “Cyber-bullying” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 388.123.

      (c) “Electronic communication” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 388.124.

      (Added to NRS by 1999, 3385; A 2007, 1963; 2009, 689; 2013, 1659; 2015, 2072, 2096)

      NRS 389.530  Duty of Department to provide support; assistance from other state agencies.

      1.  The Department shall provide:

      (a) Administrative support;

      (b) Equipment; and

      (c) Office space,

Ê as is necessary for the Council to carry out its duties.

      2.  The Council may request assistance from any agency of this state if the assistance is necessary for the Council to carry out its duties.

      (Added to NRS by 1999, 3386)

      NRS 389.540  Review of courses of study to determine compliance with standards.  The board of trustees of each school district shall conduct a periodic review of the courses of study offered in the public schools of the school district to determine whether the courses of study comply with the standards of content and performance established by the Council pursuant to NRS 389.520 and if revision of the courses of study is necessary to ensure compliance.

      (Added to NRS by 1999, 3386)

      NRS 389.550  Administration of criterion-referenced examinations.  [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.105.]

 

      NRS 389.570  Council required to review and evaluate results of examinations; report of evaluation.  [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.115.]

 

ADMINISTRATION AND SECURITY OF EXAMINATIONS

      NRS 389.600  Definitions.  [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.250.]

 

      NRS 389.604  “Irregularity in testing administration” defined.  [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.255.]

 

      NRS 389.608  “Irregularity in testing security” defined.  [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.260.]

 

      NRS 389.612  “School official” defined.  [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.265.]

 

      NRS 389.616  Adoption and enforcement of plan for test security by Department; contents of plan; annual submission of plan to State Board and Legislative Committee on Education.  [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.270.]

 

      NRS 389.620  Adoption and enforcement of plan for test security by board of trustees; contents of plan; annual submission of plan to State Board and Legislative Committee on Education; written notice concerning plan to educational personnel, pupils and parents; definitions.  [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.275.]

 

      NRS 389.624  Violation of state or district plan: Duty of Department to investigate; authority of Department to issue subpoenas; enforcement of subpoena by court.  [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.280.]

 

      NRS 389.628  Violation of district plan: Duty of board of trustees to investigate or refer to Department; authority of board of trustees to issue subpoenas; enforcement of subpoena by court.  [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.285.]

 

      NRS 389.632  Certain schools required to provide for additional administration of examinations if consecutive irregularities in testing administration occur; school district or charter school required to pay costs of additional administration; determination and notice by Department.  [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.290.]

 

      NRS 389.636  Plan for corrective action required of school or school district in response to irregularity in testing administration or security; notice by Department; establishment by Department of procedures to document corrective action; amendment of plan.  [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.295.]

 

      NRS 389.644  Establishment of program of education and training regarding administration and security of examinations and assessments; expanded program authorized; school districts and charter schools required to ensure educational personnel receive program of education and training.  [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.300.]

 

      NRS 389.648  Establishment of procedures for uniform documentation and maintenance of irregularities in testing administration and security; maintenance by Department of written summary for each irregularity; annual report by Department required.  [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.305.]

 

GRADUATION AND DIPLOMAS

      NRS 389.805  State Board required to prescribe criteria for standard high school diploma; end-of-course examinations and college and career readiness assessment; exception for certain pupils with disabilities; prohibition to issue certificate of attendance.  [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.600.]

 

      NRS 389.807  State Board required to select college and career readiness assessment for grade 11; requirement of pupil to take assessment; results not used for receipt of diploma; use of results to provide data and information for pupil.  [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.610.]

 

      NRS 389.809  Department required to develop informational pamphlet concerning end-of-course examinations and college and career readiness assessment; duties of school districts and charter schools to post pamphlet and distribute to pupils and parents.  [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.620.]

 

      NRS 389.810  Issuance of standard high school diploma to certain veterans who left high school to serve in Armed Forces.  [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.630.]

 

TEXTBOOKS

General Provisions

      NRS 389.840  Definitions.  As used in NRS 389.840 to 389.880, inclusive, unless the context requires otherwise:

      1.  “Basic textbook” or “textbook” means any medium or manual of instruction, including, without limitation, software for computers, containing a presentation of the principles of a subject and used as a basis of instruction.

      2.  “Supplemental textbook” means any medium or material, including, without limitation, software for computers, used to reinforce or extend a basic program of instruction.

      3.  A basic or supplemental textbook becomes “unserviceable” when 4 years have elapsed since its removal from the adopted list.

      (Added to NRS by 1967, 168; A 1981, 413; 1999, 3388) — (Substituted in revision for NRS 390.005)

Selection and Purchase of Textbooks

      NRS 389.850  Final selection by State Board; exception for charter schools; accurate portrayal of cultural and racial diversity of society.

      1.  The State Board shall make the final selection of all textbooks to be used in the public schools in this State, except for charter schools. If a textbook proposed for selection is in a subject area for which standards of content have been established by the Council to Establish Academic Standards for Public Schools pursuant to NRS 389.520, the State Board shall not select the textbook unless the State Board determines that the textbook adequately supports the standards for that subject area.

      2.  A textbook must not be selected by the State Board pursuant to subsection 1 for use in the public schools in classes in literature, history or social sciences unless it accurately portrays the cultural and racial diversity of our society, including lessons on the contributions made to our society by men and women from various racial and ethnic backgrounds.

      [313:32:1956] — (NRS A 1967, 171; 1981, 413; 1989, 2102; 1997, 1871; 1999, 3389) — (Substituted in revision for NRS 390.140)

      NRS 389.860  Contracts by State Board for purchase; provisions of contracts.

      1.  The State Board may make such contracts for the purchase and use of textbooks in the name of the State as it deems necessary for the interests of the public schools.

      2.  Contracts must:

      (a) Set forth the introductory, exchange and retail price of each textbook, which must not exceed the lowest price the publisher has charged for the same textbook anywhere in the continental United States for similar quantities exclusive of shipping costs.

      (b) Guarantee that there is no subversive or sectarian doctrine, as determined by the laws of Nevada and the United States, in any of the textbooks covered by the contract.

      [315:32:1956] — (NRS A 1967, 171; 1981, 413) — (Substituted in revision for NRS 390.160)

Use of Textbooks

      NRS 389.870  Enforcement by board of trustees of use of prescribed textbooks; exception for charter schools.  Boards of trustees of school districts in this State shall enforce in the public schools, excluding charter schools, the use of textbooks prescribed and adopted by the State Board.

      [321:32:1956] — (NRS A 1967, 171; 1997, 1871) — (Substituted in revision for NRS 390.220)

      NRS 389.880  Use of prescribed textbooks; exceptions; penalty.

      1.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2, the textbooks adopted by the State Board must be used in the public schools in this State, and no other books may be used as basic textbooks.

      2.  This section does not prohibit:

      (a) The continued use of such textbooks previously approved until they become unserviceable.

      (b) The use of supplemental textbooks purchased by a school district with the approval of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

      (c) After approval by the State Board, the temporary use of textbooks for tryout purposes.

      (d) A charter school from using textbooks other than those adopted for use by the State Board.

      3.  Any school officer or teacher who violates the provisions of NRS 389.840 to 389.880, inclusive, or knowingly fails to follow the regulations of the State Board relating to use of textbooks shall be punished by a fine of not more than $250.

      4.  All superintendents, principals, teachers and school officers are charged with the execution of this section.

      [322:32:1956] — (NRS A 1967, 171, 564; 1979, 1467, 1600; 1981, 413; 1997, 1871) — (Substituted in revision for NRS 390.230)

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

      NRS 389.900  Enforcement of contractual penalties or sanctions for failure to deliver results of examinations on timely basis.  [Replaced in revision by NRS 390.840.]