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Nevada Graduation Rate Makes Big Gains in 2013

Associated Press (01/27/14) Rindels, Michelle

According to data from the Nevada Department of Education, 70.7 percent of the class of 2013 graduated from high school, up from 63.1 percent the previous year. Twelve out of 17 school districts saw year-over-year improvement in their graduation rates, with Clark, Nye, and Eureka counties and the Nevada State Public Charter School Authority posting near or above 10 percentage point growth. The graduation rate among Hispanic students rose 9.5 percent to 64.4 percent in 2013 from 54.9 percent in 2012, but the graduation rate for English-language learners was only 24.4 percent. The African-American student graduation rate rose from 48.3 percent to 56.7 percent, while the Asian student graduation rate rose to 82 percent from 74.8 percent. The graduation rate is expected to fall as the state fully implements more rigorous Common Core standards and a different proficiency test system, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dale Erquiaga says data from the 2014-15 school year will provide the baseline scores for the state going forward. "The disparity in achievement between different groups of students is unacceptable. Even as we celebrate the tremendous gains this year, the department is renewing its focus on the achievement gap that keeps so many students from being ready for success," he says.
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