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CCSD: Record graduation numbers in 2018; final rate over 85 percent

Posted: 4:00 PM, Dec 14, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-15 02:17:37Z
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LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Clark County School District’s final graduation rate for the Class of 2018 is a record high 85.22 percent.

This is an increase of 2 percentage points over the previous year, according to final data compiled by the Nevada Department of Education.

“This is a huge achievement by all teachers, support professionals and administrators from elementary to high school who have worked together to make CCSD No. 1 For Kids,” said Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara. “While we celebrate this success of increasing the rate by 2 percentage points in one year, we are focusing all of our efforts to ensure all kids graduate ready for college and career.”

CCSD continues to make progress in improving its graduation rate.

During the past eight years, the rate has increased from 59.34 percent in 2011 to 85.22 percent in 2018. The increase is also reflected in the number of graduates, as the Class of 2018 was the district's largest ever, with 21,129 graduates.

School staff continuously work to ensure that all students have a rich and rigorous educational experience.

For several years, school staff has provided each student with an individualized education plan.

This has helped the district better track students and use strategies based on each student’s needs, such as summer school opportunities and determining when students transfer successfully.

“Yet again, CCSD has set an all-time high graduation rate and that is cause for celebration,” said CCSD Board of School Trustees President Deanna L. Wright. “I am so proud of the extraordinary work happening in our schools daily, and the graduation rate is evidence of the hard work and dedication of all educators throughout CCSD.”

Twelve district high schools posted a graduation rate over 98 percent, with nine achieving a 100 percent rate.

"I'd like to point out by 2024 we are working to make sure that we have all our schools over a 90 percent graduation rate with college and career diplomas," Dr. Jara said.