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Preliminary Graduation Data Shows Big Increases for Nevada Students


Local high school graduates. Photo: WCSD

Preliminary four-year data posted today on NevadaReportCard.com indicates the graduation rates for Nevada high schools students in 2017 increased 7 percentage points from the prior year.

“While these graduation rates won’t be official until December, this is great news and the strongest indicator yet that Nevada is the fastest improving state in the nation,” Steve Canavero, superintendent of public instruction, said in a statement. “Completing high school and ensuring our students are on college and career pathways are essential for Nevada’s future economic viability.”

Washoe County’s graduation rate was at 83.79 percent, up 7.15 percentage points from the prior year. Clark County School District graduated 82.71 percent of its students, up 7.83 percentage points from 2016. The graduation rate statewide was up 7 percentage points to 80.55 percent.

Traci Davis

“I am so proud of our students, families, and especially district staff members,” Traci Davis, Washoe County School District superintendent, said in a statement. “This is a huge accomplishment that was achieved through hard work, dedication, and a commitment to help our students reach their academic goals. We have directed consistent, effective supports and resources to our students based upon their needs, and as a result our achievement gaps are narrowing dramatically. The hard work is far from over. We have set a district-wide goal of a 90 percent graduation rate by the year 2020, and we are continuing to work toward that worthy goal.”

While the state Department of Education announces preliminary graduation rates each fall, official graduation rates will be calculated by the department after a thorough review of the student level data that is validated and confirmed by the school districts. Official figures will be released in December, along with a school-by-school breakdown and an analysis of demographic subgroups.

This is the seventh year Nevada has calculated the graduation rate using the adjusted cohort rate, which is required by the U.S. Department of Education. The four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate defines the cohort based on when a student enters the ninth grade; it is calculated using the number of students who graduate within four years and includes adjustments for transfer out students. While all states are calculating the graduation rate using the same formula, each state still sets its own requirements for students to earn a diploma.

Preliminary graduation rates for the 2016-17 year are as follows:

Academy of Arts, Careers and Technology 99.17%
Academy for Career Education Charter School 95.74%
Coral Academy of Science Charter School 87.88%
Damonte Ranch High School 89.85 %
Galena High School 89.14%
Hug High School 73.61%
I Can Do Anything Charter School 23.71%
Incline High School 85.53%
Innovations High School 30.43%
McQueen High School 93.45%
North Star Online School 89.80%
North Valleys High School 71.40%
Rainshadow Community Charter School 28.95%
Reed High School 85.63%
Reno High School 89.57%
Spanish Springs High School 81.10%
Sparks High School 74.26%
Truckee Meadows Community College High School 100%
Wooster High School 81.09%

Source: www.NevadaReportCard.com

Carla O'Day
Carla O'Day
Carla has an undergraduate degree in journalism and more than 10 years experience as a daily newspaper reporter. She grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., moved to the Reno area in 2002 and wrote for the Reno Gazette-Journal for 8 years, covering a variety of topics. Prior to that, she covered local government in Fort Pierce, Fla.




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