CCSD’s overall graduation rate is on the rise; rate increases by 2 percent

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An announcement from the Clark County School District Friday revealed the district’s overall graduation rate has increased by 2 percent. The state Department of Education said more students are also graduating college and being employed.

CCSD says it’s determined to continue that trend for all students…
There’s been a significant jump in the last 8 years… In 20-11, the graduation rate was just over 59 percent. 

This year, there was a more than an 85 percent graduation rate for the class of 2018. The rates are also up for most minority groups.  With that said, the district says there is still more work to be done to close the opportunity gap for all students.

In just months, Desert Oasis High School senior, Jenna Michaels will graduate and be one step closer to her dream career.

“My dream job is forensic psychology,” she said.

Senior Caitlin Evans has big dreams as well.

“My dream Job is to be a neuropsychologist,” Caitlin said.

Both their dreams are very achievable thanks to their school’s curriculum.
Its career and technical education courses allow students to excel in their interests and contribute to an already increasing graduation rate within the Clark County School District.

According to the school principal, Desert Oasis had the largest jump — over 6 percent — in our graduation rate.

But, that’s not the case for all students. Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara is pleased with the rise in overall graduation rates but says now it’s time to focus on minority students, like English learners and Native American students, whose numbers continue to decline.

“What did we learn when we saw the increase, and then what did we put in place early on,” asked Dr. Jara.  “So we can put some of those support systems monitoring our early indicators.”

Hoping to eventually give all Clark County students the opportunities to graduate, while chasing their dreams too.

“When we look across the board we need to make sure we close the opportunity gap for all kids,” Dr. Jara said.

And to close that opportunity gap, superintendent Jara says all students should have the opportunity to graduate college and be career ready, just like students at Desert Oasis High School. 

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