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CCSD high school graduation rates among lowest in Nevada

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Leila Navidi

Boys line up backstage during the Chaparral High School commencement ceremony at the Orleans Arena on Friday, June 15, 2012.

The Clark County School District is near the bottom in Nevada in the percentage of students who graduate after four years of high school.

The state Department of Education released its report Monday showing the graduation rates for 2011-12, putting Clark County at 61.69 percent.

The state’s average rate of graduation after four years of high school was 63.14 — only Mineral County at 53.8 percent and Nye County at 56.32 were below Clark County.

The department said it tracked the movement of all students entering high school in 2008-09 and determined how many received a regular high school diploma in four years.

Looking at the graduation rate in a five-year period, Clark County posted a 61.03 percent, the lowest in the state.

The department said all states use the same gradation rate formula, but states award different types of high school diplomas for schools. Some states include an adjusted or modified diploma toward graduation.

Nevada does not consider the adjusted diploma as a graduate for the graduation rate calculation. In this state, the department said an adjusted diploma can be awarded to students with disabilities who satisfactorily complete the requirements of their individual education program but did not meet additional requirements for a regular diploma.

Washoe County, the second most populous county in Nevada, had a graduation rate of 69.2 percent for four years and 71.91 percent for five years.

The highest graduations rates for four years of high school were in Lander at 80.85 percent; Douglas at 80.41 and Pershing at 80.36.

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  1. 4 out of every ten students in your kids class room who doesn't want to learn, doesn't want to be there and is likely disruptive to those that want to be there. Yes, that's very nice environment for learning....aye yi yi.

    I wouldn't put my kid in that system under any circumstance. Just abysmal, utterly abysmal.

  2. The district has to get away from these "sign on and slither away" type individuals who are looking for a big paycheck score but have a history of moving from one job to another. Longevity with a company used to mean something...dedication, knowledge of the system, coordination with colleagues, etc. Jones epitomized the problem we have in the corprorate world. Companies no longer have an allegiance to their workers and vice versa. They start but don't finish the job. The school system is a mess and will remain that way until they find a TRULY dedicated individual that will finish the job started.

  3. Even the term "graduate" is in question here. If you "graduate" a complete and utter dumbbell, is the diploma just a certificate of attendance? Man, break up the schools to NLV, LV, and Henderson. Can't imagine to percentage rate in NLV, probably single digits.

  4. This story highlights Nye and Mineral county as having lower graduation rates. It makes me wonder, what are the persisting issues in those counties? Are they similar to Las Vegas that they have such a high drop out rate? Or are they different.

    I guess I have to ask....what do people feel the problem is that we have such a high drop out rate?

    I think back to highschool,and I remember wanting to go to school and enjoying it. I often wonder if school is just not enjoyable for kids here, where's the light at the end of their tunnel for graduating? Are they being shown that their is a light for doing well?

    Any readers have thoughts on why kids dont have incentive to stay in school in Las Vegas? Or dont want to stay in school?

  5. @AshleyAshley They don't care if they graduate because they can still make a ton of money in this town without doing so (i.e. cocktail waitress, valet, etc.).

  6. I think parents play a huge role as to whether their children do well in school. That's why students do better in the more affluent areas of the district. In the poor areas, especially where you have thousands of illegal immigrant parents who never learn English and don't help their kids, those students are way behind. They can drag whole classes behind while the teacher has to spend so much time helping them.