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CCSD Disputes National Report on Nevada Graduates

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LAS VEGAS -- Low graduation rates have plagued the Clark County School District for decades. For some high schools, numbers have barely changed while others have fallen far below the national average.

A new study released by Education Week says Nevada is again at the bottom of the charts. However, Clark County School District says those numbers are skewed. Almost a third of CCSD seniors won't get to walk across the stage to get their diploma.

"We have an issue with dropouts, which I don't think anyone would deny," said Sue Daellenbach, asst. superintendent for CCSD Assessment & Accountability.

According to the report in Education Week, between 1998 and 2008, Nevada's graduation rate dropped from 68 percent to 44 percent. But the state's largest school district, CCSD -- says the numbers aren't correct.

Daellenbach says the report just looked at enrollment to calculate the percentage. In other words, students who have may have left CCSD and didn't report their whereabouts, were counted as drop outs. That can be a significant number in a transient community like Las Vegas.

CCSD says the actual graduation rate is around 68 percent. But some high schools like Western, Chaparral and Canyon Springs half of their students don't graduate.

"It's a neighborhood that has a lot of challenges, a lot of transience. We need to work harder for students to be in school, get their parents to help us," said Daellenbach.

New Superintendent Dwight Jones believes tracking student progress and switching to the national common core curriculum will boost the graduation numbers.

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