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State, County Release School Performance Rankings

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LAS VEGAS -- The Nevada Department of Education on Monday released performance rankings for public schools throughout the state. There were 53 schools in Clark County that received the highest ranking of five stars. In 2012, there were 66 schools that received the top honor.

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There were 45 schools that received four stars. The majority of schools, 158, had a three-star rating and there were 81 schools that received either a two-star or one-star ranking.

Many of the schools that saw improvement were middle and high schools. Among those schools was Anthony Saville Middle School in the northwest.

The principal received the good news about a month ago, but the teachers had no idea until Monday morning when a staff breakfast turned into a surprise party. The celebration included

"We are a five star school," principal Sean Davis told the teachers. In just one year, Saville went from a three to a five-star school. It was the result of students' test scores improving in English and math.

"I would love to take credit for this, but I can't because I wasn't here, you were here," David credits teacher like Jane Christensen who's been teaching math at Saville for the past five years.

Even with more than 35 students per class, Christensen strives to give personal attention to each student, but admits it's not always easy.

"Last night I worked on my lesson plans until 10:30. it's a job that doesn't stop that people don't see," Christensen said.

Saville is now also using more challenging math curriculum which prepares students for advanced placement and honor classes in high school. Seventh grader Hannah Powell says  Christensen helps make difficult lessons easier to understand.

"They will keep on going with you, they will keep on practicing, help you out and won't leave us behind," Powell said.

Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky was at the school to congratulate the teachers. He says the number of five star schools dropped in Clark County from last year because some schools lost momentum.

"You have to keep that rigor and that focus up or you won't be able to see the same results in the next year," he said.

Principal Davis says the secret to maintaining the grade is to care for more than just what's on the report card.

"I don't think people look at the stars on the framework as the end goal, the end goal is to help students and we do that everyday."

 

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