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August 4, 2015

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Nevada’s 61.9 percent graduation rate ‘way too low,’ superintendent says

CARSON CITY — Two of every five students who enter high school in Nevada don’t graduate in four years, and that’s “way too low,” said Dr. James Guthrie, state superintendent of public instruction.

Nevada’s graduation rate is 61.9 percent.

The state Department of Education on Thursday released four-year graduation rates showing Clark County at 59.3 percent, the lowest in the state. In some rural counties, the graduation rate is in the 80 percent range.

Guthrie said the districts and the state are aware of the problem and are adopting reform measures.

The report tracked students who entered ninth grade in the 2007-2008 school year. In the past, states used a variety of self-selected methods to compute graduation rates that could not be used to compare all states.

Guthrie did not discuss where Nevada ranked in relation to other states. But he said all states would likely have lower graduation rates using the uniform approach.

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