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Clark County Graduation Rate Increases to 71.5 Percent

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LAS VEGAS -- The graduation rate for Clark County students in the class of 2013 rose 10 percentage points, according to the Nevada Department of Education which released the statistics Monday morning.

The statistics also show a statewide graduation rate increase of more than seven percentage points which translates to an additional 1,113 more Nevada students graduating in 2013 than in 2012.

Twelve school districts statewide improved their graduation rate including Clark County. The graduation rate for CCSD students was 71.5 percent compared to 61 percent in the previous year.

CCSD Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky announced the numbers during a ceremony Monday at Las Vegas High School, which has surpassed the district average, inching closer to 80 percent.

Principal Debbie Brockett spoke at Monday's event, crediting her hard working staff, who are dedicated to every student.

"There is at least one adult on campus that knows every kid well, especially the struggling kids," Brockett said.

Since 2010, Brockett has refined the school's mentorship program giving every freshman a counselor or teacher to guide them over the next four years. 

"We set high expectations as freshmen, and we don't change them," she said.

According to the Nevada Department of Education, the greatest increase in graduation was among minority students. Nevada's Hispanic students increased by 9.5 percent. In CCSD, the increase was even better going up 11.6 percent.

"It is about every student in every classroom, and we have to increase every year until we get every student to graduate." CCSD Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky said.

The formula the district uses to count the graduation rate changed three years ago bringing the rate up. The district used to count transfers out of the district as dropouts even though those students might graduate in a different district. Transfer students are no longer counted in the formula.

"In approximately two years, many Nevada schools have increased their graduation rates by nearly ten percent," Governor Brian Sandoval said. "While this is not enough, it is a firm indication that Nevada is moving in the right direction. As our efforts towards reducing class sizes, improving ELL education and implementing all-day kindergarten across the state begin to mature, I am confident that our state's graduation rate will continue to improve."

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