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More CCSD Schools Achieve Five-Star Status

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LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County School District released it school rankings for the 2011-2012 school year and it shows an increase in five-star schools which is the highest possible ranking.

More information on the star ratings for specific schools

District officials released the School Performance Rankings Thursday. The rankings show 91 of the district's 357 schools achieved a top five-star ranking.

At the top of the list is Elizondo Elementary School which was able to reach a five-star status is one year. Principal Keith France was hired to take over what was at-risk school.

"We made sure students knew exactly where they were in their data ...  what skills they were lacking," France said.

The schools were given one to five stars depending on different areas such as test scores, attendance, dropout rate, and whether the school achieved its set goals. The ranking also takes into account whether the school achieved the federal rating for Average Yearly Progress.

No schools received one star which is the lowest possible ranking. Most of the schools fell into the three and four-star ranking categories. There were 49 schools that received two stars. Those schools failed to meet the federal government's Adequate Yearly Progress targets.

 More information on the School Performance Framework

"This model is just so absolutely wonderful because in a school as big as ours -- 1,800 -- we look at every student. This model unveils what every student is doing," said Kathy Mead, Canarelli Middle School principal.

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